WORLD HERITAGE RAINFOREST

Staying at Pandanus Beachfront Apartments gives you the opportunity to to experience the remarkable World Heritage Rainforest or the Kennedy Boardwalk to Hull Heads River or Tom O Shanter lookout.

A rainforest is a delicate and diverse eco system and home to thousands of plant types and animal species. Mission Beach is surrounded by some of the most spectacular examples of tropical rainforest in Australia.

At Mission Beach you can undertake your own walk on nearby rainforest trails, or, enjoy a guided tour with an experienced tour guide.

Amongst the more popular walks are:

Licuala State Forest
The walk - A 1.25 km (30 min) Licuala Fan Palm Walk and 350m (20 min) Children's Walk loops through rare Fan Palm forest. The Children's Walk follows cassowary footprints to eggs in a nest. A "Cassowaries for Kids" brochure makes learning about these big birds a lot of fun.

How to get there - Take the Tully-Mission Beach Road and watch for signs for the turnoff. The carpark is about 1km down an unsealed road.


Licuala Rainforest Walk
The walk - Despite its length, this 4.6km (2 hour) walking track is a fairly easy walk along an overgrown forestry road. Gradient is minimal. The only difficulty may be in arranging a vehicle pick-up at the other end of the track.

How to get there - The track is accessible either from the carpark at Licuala State Forest or from the other end on the El Arish-Mission Beach Road about 2km southeast of the Lacey Creek Walk.

Edmund Kennedy Walking Track
The walk - In 1848, the Tropical North's first European explorer Edmund Kennedy landed at Tam O'Shanter Point to begin his ill-fated expedition north to Cape York. Take a walk in his footsteps south of Mission Beach. The full track length is 7.8km (nearly 5 miles) round trip but walkers can turn around and retrace their steps whenever they're tired. The track is narrow and rough in places and there are some sandy stretches and rock hopping along the beach. There is a picnic area at Kennedy Bay (distance 3.9km, 2 hrs).

How to get there - Park at the boat ramp on the southern end of South Mission Beach.

Bicton Hill Walk
The walk - This shady rainforest path leads to magnificent views of the coastline and is a great way to get your bearings when arriving in the region. A well maintained 4km (1.5 - 2 hrs) loop winds up to the top of Bicton Hill, with an easy downhill stretch for the walk back.

How to get there - The track begins 5km (3 miles) from North Mission Beach on the El Arish-Mission Beach Road.

Lacey Creek
The walk - This 1.2km circuit walk (30mins) is an easy stroll along a graded track with signs describing the local environment and its inhabitants - including the endangered cassowary.

How to get there - Lacey Creek is 5km from North Mission Beach on the El Arish-Mission Beach Road. Phone (07) 40688989 or 0402395632 for more details

Ulysses Butterfly : (Papilio ulysses)

The Ulysses Butterly (sometimes referred to as the Mountain Blue) is easily recognised by its trade marked electric blue wings.

It has become a symbol of tourism throughout Northern Queensland and lives in numerous Australian tropical rainforest areas. The Ulysses is prevalent in and around the Mission Beach region.

The Ulysses populations have recently increased in some areas due to the planting of its larval food plant (Euodia elleryana).


The Cassowary : (Casuarius casarius)

Despite being a bird, the Cassowary is Australia's largest land animal.

It normally weighs about 60kg, but the heaviest recorded was 94.5kg monster found north of Mission Beach in 1992.

Its eggs are the third largest of all birds at an average 584g (after the Ostrich eggs at 1100g and Emu eggs at 637g).

Cassowary birds are a common site in and around the Mission Beach area with the male caring for his striped chicks. It is normal, for example, to see them wondering across roads, through resorts and home gardens.

The Cassowary can be a dangerous animal, please respect them and stay a safe distance, or slow down when you spot them.