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Mission Beach with Sea Patrol

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Jason Dundas was chuffed to join the crew of the very popular Nine Network series Sea Patrol. He actually scored himself a role and viewers can see his debut in season four.

The drama is set on board HMAS Hammersley, a fictional Royal Australian Navy patrol boat. The show focuses on the work the navy does to protect our coastline and life on board the ship which is full of humour, tension, relationships and mateship.

Sea Patrol first went to air in 2007. Its debut marked a couple of momentous events: award-winning and much-loved Lisa McCune's return to television and the unveiling of the most expensive program ever produced in Australia.

The first season was set on the Gold Coast and the second and third were filmed in the Cairns area. The beginning of the second season saw an upgrade from the Fremantle class boat to a newer Armidale class.

The current shooting location is Mission Beach; not a bad place to work and live. Jason soon got into his role as Jack Fiene. In his late twenties, Jack was a low achiever at school but was a good athlete. He thinks he has it all — plenty of money, girls, sunshine and no-one telling him he's an idiot. He drives an expensive fast car and loves the casino. He will happily kill to keep what he has. Now there's a challenge for Jason. Apart from their ages, he and Jack have nothing in common!

We're happy to say that while Jason loved his time with Sea Patrol he didn't head off to Hollywood and is back on the road shooting Getaway stories.

Mission Beach

A relaxed yet vibrant beachfront town, Mission Beach is where the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest meet to form a tropical paradise. In many places the rainforest fringes stretches of golden beach making it an ideal holiday choice.

It has an excellent choice of restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and gift stores. In the activity stakes there's every watersport you can think of, as well as golf, rainforest hikes, reef and estuary fishing and bike riding. Nature abounds with crocodile, cassowary and bird spotting.

A day trip will have you in the Atherton Tablelands, historic Paronella Park, Hinchinbrook Island and Josephine Falls. Less that 5km offshore you can visit Dunk and Bedarra islands and the Great Barrier Reef is just 38km away.

Oceania Bar and Grill

A favourite place for the Sea Patrol crew to eat and unwind, Oceania is in the heart of Mission Beach's main village. You can pop in for a coffee, have a casual snack or tuck into something more substantial.

There's plenty of local seafood as well as steaks and daily specials prepared by the resident chef. They will mix your favourite cocktail in the lounge and there's a choice of beer on tap. In the front bar you can see your favourite team on the big screen. Choose to dine alfresco or in the air-conditioned indoors.

Location

Mission Beach, two hours south of Cairns.

Cost

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Cairns from:
  • Brisbane $149
  • Sydney $169
  • Melbourne $199
  • Canberra $229
  • Adelaide $239
  • Hobart $249
  • Darwin $259
  • Perth $329

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at June 24, 2010, and are subject to change.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789
www.virginblue.com.au

Oceania Bar and Grill
52 Porter Promenade
Mission Beach 4852
Ph: (07) 4088 6222

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