Mission Beach is a thriving tourist town which has been able to maintain a small town feel. It is spread out along a thin strip of land between the ocean, hills and farmland.
The beach is flanked by green mountains rising a short distance inland. They provide views out to the Family Islands. A shallow reef runs close to the shore, going from the mouth of Porter's Creek in the south almost to Clump Point, the rocky point at the north end.
This wonderful part of the world has World Heritage rainforest on one side and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef on the other.
Mission Beach is reached by driving through cane fields, banana plantations and historic towns. Its 14 kilometre palm-fringed sandy beach makes it a special holiday place, and is proof that such a destination can delight with preservation of its delicate environment.
Sejala on the Beach offers absolute beachfront accommodation. Feel the sand between your toes as you make your way to your luxurious and private beach house or beach hut.
The villa has a terrace overlooking the Coral Sea and is a grand place to be as the sun rises over Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook Islands.
The traditional Queenslander is built from local timbers and accommodates up to six. It has been refurbished and has a central pavilion-style sitting room opening onto two large stone flagged terraces and pool. It has three air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms and extra shower and a marvellous kitchen. Louvre doors and windows ventilate with cooling sea breezes and coconut palms provide shade.
Added touches are a bottle each of red and white wine, virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh coffee, tea and milk, crispbreads, filtered water, hand-made nougat, sarongs and beachbags.
The three Sejala Beach huts are self-contained and designed for a couple or two singles, though will accommodate a maximum of four. A tranquil veranda overlooks the foreshore just a few metres away. The huts have painted timber floors, comfortable sofas, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
They each have a queen bed and double sofa bed, en-suite garden bathrooms, gas barbecue, ceiling fan, plunge pool and kitchen with refrigerator and barbecue. You can self-cater or enjoy a gourmet delivery.
Egyptian cotton bed linen, towels, beach towels and L'Occitane toiletries are used throughout.
Guests receive a beach bag, fresh coffee, tea and milk, bottled water and muesli bars.
Beautiful private grounds lead to the beachfront. They are laden with heliconias and gingers, and loungers can be relaxed in under lush trees or in the sun. There is plenty of wildlife colourful parrots, sunbirds and other natives flutter by with beautiful Ulysses butterflies gliding through the blossoms. You could see the Sejala goanna wandering about in the late afternoon, or maybe a cassowary or pair of wallabies.
All that, and you are close to shopping, restaurant, tours, the Reef and rainforest. A blissful journey.
Mission Beach, 1.5 hours south of Cairns.
Sejala Beach House starts at $600 a double a night and $50 for each extra person. There is a maximum of six people and a minimum of two nights' stay. Beach Huts start at $205 a double a night and there is a charge of $20 a night for each extra person.
Virgin Blue has flights to Cairns.
One-way fares from;
- Brisbane, $129
- Sydney, $165
- Melbourne, $169
- Adelaide, $199
- Darwin, $280
- Perth, $330
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. 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 May 17, 2007 and are subject to change.
Prices quoted correct at May 17, 2007
Mission Beach 4852
Ph: 07 4088 6699
Fax: 07 4088 6981
Ph: 13 6789
THERE IS A SPECIAL RATE FOR GETAWAY VIEWERS WHO BOOK AND PAY BEFORE AUGUST 31, 2007. RECEIVE A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE AND ENJOY A THIRD NIGHT FREE, OR TWO NIGHTS AND A 5PM CHECKOUT.