The Tablelands, Mission Beach and Dunk Island

On our way from Clifton Beach to Mission Beach, we didn’t take the highway, we drove over the Atherton Tablelands instead. It takes one hour longer (three instead of two hours)…

…but I think it’s worth it. The landscape up there is quite different to the rest of North Queensland.

Plus, we passed some very beautiful sights:

  1. The Curtain Fig Tree

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  1. Milla Milla Falls

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(Beeeeauuuutiful falls by the way. You expect a girl from a shampoo ad sitting underneath, washing her hair… ah, there she is… ;-D)

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  1. Zillie Falls (not really worth the stop because you only see them from above)

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  1. Ellinjaa Falls

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Mission Beach is a little beach town with some nice shops and restaurants…

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…and interesting wildlife, of which we saw the following:

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…but unfortunately no

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We were staying in a little cottage at the ecovillage. Beautiful, quiet retreat…

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…with private access to the loooong beach:

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We stayed one day at the beach…

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…and went over to Dunk Island the second day of our stay.

We took the watertaxi which brought us over within 20 minutes.

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Dunk Island is a tropical paradise. I thought it would be crowded by tourists but it wasn’t. It was hit by a cyclone a few years ago which nearly washed away the only hotel that was located on the island. You can still see the remains of it today:

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Nowadays, there’s only a small campground on the island plus the tourists that come over with the watertaxi or their own ships for the day.

Moritz and I walked over to Muggy Muggy Beach, which is a 20 minutes stroll away from the only pier, and we were the only people there for the hour we went snorkeling (or, the hundreds of other tourists where there while we had our heads under water and hid behind the palm trees, when we looked up – one of the two must be true :-D)

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The water was a bit sandy but we still saw several colorful fish, two ray and sea anemones while snorkeling. At first, we had planned to stay at Muggy Muggy Beach for longer, but when we came out of the water, we nearly got eaten by horse flies so we quickly changed our plan and went back.

But seriously, whichever beach you choose on Dunk Island, it’s never a mistake. They are all just too beautiful…

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More information about:

Atherton Tablelands

Milla Milla Falls

Ecovillage Mission Beach

Mission Beach

Dunk Island

Mission Beach Watertaxi

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