WORDS Tony Allsop
We have visited the well-presented Mission Beach Hideaway Holiday Village over many years. In the prevailing, very dry, conditions the park was not quite as lush as usual, but it was still looking very good compared with many others.
Palm trees give shade to sites, which all have a slab, plus power and water to the rear of the site. The rainforest comes right down to the back sites and cassowaries may be seen here. The calls of exotic tropical birds, including Torres Strait pigeons, can be heard throughout the park.
Hideaway is opposite the beach, and within easy walking distance to shops, the tavern, cafes and the post office. The resort-style pool is very popular, as are the camp kitchens. There are two amenities blocks with ample showers and toilets, and we had no trouble getting a washing machine during our week-long stay. Guests have a range of cabins plus both powered and unpowered sites to choose from.
All tourist information and tour bookings are available in the office. Owners Chris and Steph Curnuck have a good knowledge of the area, having owned this Top Tourist Park for many years. There is a pet-friendly area at the southern end of the park. The dump point and industrial rubbish bins are at the rear of the park, meaning there are no smelly bins around the sites. Cables are available for TV, and Telstra broadband reception was good.
Every Wednesday evening through the tourist season, local musician, artist and resident entertainer Col Kerley plays guitar, sings and recites poetry here, and he is very good. He was the resident act at the Daly Waters Pub until his shift to Mission Beach. He told me he will be back at the Hideaway Holiday Village in 2016.
One word of warning, though – the wonderful tropical atmosphere of Mission Beach is fast being rediscovered, so it might be worth booking ahead or visiting in the shoulder season when it’s not so busy.
Mission Beach is about 32km north-east of Tully and 52km south-east of Innisfail in north Queensland.
Beach and rainforest walks, fishing, reef trips, diving, snorkelling, boat cruises to Dunk and Bedarra islands.
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