South Mission Beach

Kayaking Queensland, Australia

South Mission Beach has an amazing coast, with golden sandy beaches and rocky headlands. If we are lucky we might get a chance to see green turtles who feed on the shallow seagrass beds, and even a glimpse a dugong. Many birds inhabit this scenic coastline and we will spot reef egrets along the rocky headlands and perhaps an osprey or sea eagle in the air.

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Packages at this location

Hinchinbrook Island Expedition - 7 days Kayaking

Paddling the coast of Hinchinbrook Island and camping on the white sandy beaches is a true taste of paradise. These uninhabited islands offer stunning views and deserted beaches. Our 7 day expedition style trip takes you away from it all and into what seems like another world; to let you relax, sometimes challenge yourself and always enjoy nature at its best.

  • Great quality camping equipment

  • First class paddling and safety equipment

  • 2 person expedition sea kayaks

  • Delicious healthy meals

  • Transfers from Mission Beach

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and National Park fees.

  • A wealth of knowledge, experience and humour from our friendly guide

Day 1 An early start (7.30am) is necessary as we drive to our departure point at Lucinda two hours south of Mission Beach. Here we pack our kayaks, practise our paddling skills and all safety procedures. We set off across the channel to lunch on at Georges Point and paddle on taking in the southern reaches of Hinchinbrook Island. Our first night camp is at Mulligans Bay or Sunken Reef Bay.

Day 2 Following the coast north we pass the most easterly section of the Island, Hillock Point and into stunning Zoe Bay with the verdant backdrop of Mount Bowen (1142 metres) and the Thumb. Here we can explore the rainforest, following Zoe Creek up to the refreshing clear pools of Zoe Falls. A relaxing swim and early lunch is enjoyed before we continue along the coast where our days paddle finishes at sheltered Banksia Bay.

Day 3 & 4 These days paddle pass many secluded little coves and beaches hidden along the rocky coastline and on to the eight kilometre length of Ramsey Bay curving north to Cape Sandwich with Channel Rock and Eva Island just off the coast. The high sand dunes and sparse vegetation of this part of the island contrast greatly with the craggy grandeur of the previous days paddling. We end our days at Blacksand Beach and Sunset Beach with a sunset drink and a hearty supper.

Day 5 Heading towards the northern point of the island we paddle across the eponymous Shepard Bay towards Cape Richards where the pandanus and casuarinas seem to defy the elements by surviving on this exposed rocky headland. After lunching on beautiful Orchid Beach we areback on the water. we have round the northern headland of Hinchinbrook Island and make a short crossing to Goold Island's sheltered beaches.

Day 6 We set off leaving Hinchinbrook and Goold Islands behind us heading north. This is our longest open water crossing to the verdant rainforest isles of the Family Island Group. These tiny islands are surrounded in fringing reef with white sandy beaches. The sheltered campground offers beautiful views back towards Hinchinbrook's lofty peaks and west to view the sunset over the mainland.

Day 7 Our last day on the water has a leisurely start as we leave Wheeler Island to pass Bedarra and Timana Islands, two of the eleven that make up the Family Islands. Dunk Island is the most well known of these islands and the last stop of our expedition, here we have a celebratory lunch before we paddle back to the coast. South Mission Beach is our final destination and time to pack our gear and say goodbye with a feeling of great achievement at having experienced a very special place, which luckily has changed little with the passage of time.

Trips depart Mission Beach on Sundays, pre trip meetings Saturday evening prior to departure.

Tropical Islands Kayak - 3 days Kayaking

Join us on an amazing trip exploring sea-kayaking and camping on the deserted beaches of the scenic Family or Barnard Islands, which make up part of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The trip is just off the coast of Mission Beach, the Family Island Group consists of 11 lush tropical islands surrounded by the clear blue waters.

  • Camping equipment

  • Snorkelling gear

  • Paddling and safety equipment

  • 2 person sea kayaks

  • All meals

  • Transfers from Mission Beach

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and National Park fees.

  • A wealth of knowledge, experience and humour from our friendly guide

Day 1 After your pick up at 8.00am, from your accommodation, we arrive at the beach to pack our kayaks. Your trip leader will give a safety briefing and paddling instruction. We then set of for our first day on the water, paddling through the beautiful Family Islands, passing tiny Timana Island and paddling the coastline of Bedarra Island to our destination of Wheeler Island. This lush verdant island will be our tropical beach camp for the next two nights. After a yummy fresh lunch we set up our camp. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the beach and island, snorkelling or just relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of an uninhabited tropical island. During the evening watch a canopy of stars overhead whilst we tuck into a scrumptious dinner provided by our friendly guides.

Day 2 We spend the day exploring the outer islands of this group, after breakfast we paddle along the coast of Coombe Island over the fringing reef to visit the further islands of Hudson, Bowden and Smith. These three, known as the triplets are the southern most islands of the group giving a spectacular view of the peaks of Hinchinbrook Island. Here, we can snorkel off the beach to view the fringing reef and colourful fish. After a luscious picnic lunch we can spend more time exploring these gem like islands and their stunning granite boulder coastlines before getting back in our kayaks. Back at our beach camp Wheeler Island we can watch the sunset over the mainland whilst sipping a glass of wine and nibbling some pre-dinner snacks.

Day 3 A hearty breakfast is served, and the morning is spent at a leisurely pace, there is time for yet another swim before we begin to pack up camp and load the kayaks for our final day on the islands. Today we head northwards towards picturesque Dunk Island, for a delicious lunch and a snorkel or a bit of beachcombing on this islands less visited beaches, then we paddle to our final destination of South Mission Beach.

About the location


Accommodation is not provided by Coral Sea Kayaking. However there are several hotels in the nearby area.


South Mission Beach is located in Queensland, Australia. Midway between Cairns and Townsville.


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Daily tours along the bay area of South Mission Beach and multi-day packages.


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