Mission Beach is 10km long and faces essentially due east. Some coral reefs lie off the northern 3km of beach, while Dunk Island dominates the horizon off the southern part of the beach.
While the Mission Beach is more than 16km from the Bruce Highway this beautiful tropical beach has long been popular for swimming and surfing.
Most of the beach is backed by a foreshore reserve that provides good access and shade under the trees. The beach is somewhat sheltered by Dunk Island and reefs, which results in low waves usually less than 0.5m. These interact with the generally fine to medium sand to produce a 50m wide high tide beach, with a narrow surf and a 100m wide, flatter low tide beach, and wider surf zone. Rips are usually weak or absent, however strong south-easterlies produce a northerly current along the beach. A strong northerly current also runs along the beach on outgoing spring tides.
This is a popular but rarely crowded beach, owing to its length. It is best to swim at the lifeguard-controlled stinger enclosure at South Mission Beach.
Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club
The Mission Beach Surf Club is located at South Mission Beach. Our prices are the cheapest in town so come in and enjoy a beer.
South Mission Beach is patrolled on Sundays and public holidays from April until November, including Easter. The club operates a marine stinger resistant net during the jellyfish season.
The clubhouse café “Tuskers” is open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12pm until 8pm. We have regular meat tray raffles and you can become a social member of the club to receive great discounts at Tuskers.
154 Kennedy Esplanade, South Mission Beach, QLD, 4852