Mission Beach is a relaxed, yet vibrant stretch of Queensland coastline with over 14 kilometres of magnificent golden sandy beaches. There are actually four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach, Bingil Bay. Here two World Heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, come together to form a tropical paradise. In many places, the rainforest literally fringes stretches of pristine golden beach, giving the destination reputation as an ideal natural holiday choice. Less than 5 kilometres offshore, Dunk Island and Bedarra Island make up an aquatic playground that is renowned along the east coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres away making Mission Beach the closest mainland access to the Reef, just an hour or so by boat. The Edmund Kennedy walking track at the southern end of the beach is part beach, mangrove and rainforest. Several creeks empty their waters at Mission Beach and locals can often be found fishing for barramundi and mangrove jacks. Visitors may also catch a glimpse of the endangered Southern Cassowary bird in the rainforest around Mission Beach.