Directions to Licuala Lodge From Cairns, Townsville and Atherton
Mission Beach is in the Far North of Queensland virtually halfway between Cairns and Townsville. By road, less than 2 hours south of Cairns and 2.5 hours north of Townsville. If you are coming here from the Atherton Tablelands, directions are on this page also.
From Cairns (North)
Travel South out of Cairns – signposted Innisfail and/or Townsville. Just after an hour of travelling through this delightful part of Tropical North Queensland (lots of bananas and sugar cane fields) you will arrive at the fairly large town of Innisfail (well, large by Queensland standards). Drive through the town and straight on at the roundabout. Then just under 1 km make a right turn (signposted Tully) in order to stay on the Bruce Highway. After about 40 minutes or so, you should come across the township of El Arish, and there is a left turn for Mission Beach. Follow the road (for about 14 kms) and eventually on your right a few shops will appear including a Mitre 10 Hardware store (painted bright blue), then an AutoSpares Shop, and approx 100 metres beyond the shops is a major right turning. It should be signposted Wongaling Beach, South Mission Beach and Tully. Take this right turn, and about one km on the right is Mission Circle. Simple! If you come across the Woolworths roundabout – you have gone too far !!
TIP – Less than an hour’s drive, you will go through a very small town called Babinda. If you have 30 minutes or so to spare take a right turn to the Babinda Boulders. Beautiful swimming hole, a very pleasant walk through the rainforest and some spectacular rock formations. Well worth a visit.
TIP – Further down the highway from Babinda you will see signs for Josephine Falls. Again, if you have the time go and have a look. You can have a swim, and if you are brave enough slide down the slippery rocks and into the water (all the local kids love the slide).
From Townsville (South)
It is a 2.5 hour drive North on the Bruce Highway. Roughly halfway, you will pass Hinchinbrook Island on your right (if the island is on your left, you are in big trouble). Keep on driving and just after the town of Tully there is a right turn for Mission Beach. Stay on that road for approx 22 kms and then you’ll come to a roundabout. Woolworths should be on the right. Mission Circle is third left past the roundabout (approx 1km), just after a big yellow roadsign for Licuala Lodge on the left. Too Easy!
TIP – About halfway from Townsville you will drive through Cardwell. Go into the Visitor Centre and get directions for Attie Creek Falls, Dead Horse Creek and the Cardwell Spa Pool (or Google the directions). Definitely worth a visit.
TIP – As you approach Tully, turn left into Tully at the traffic lights just after the Tully Visitor Centre. After 500m or so you will see the Golden Gumboot on your right. Park your car at the Gumboot, climb inside the boot and you will have a great view of Tully and the Sugar Mill.
TIP – Something else to look out for on the Tully-Mission Beach road is a tree that we locals call ‘The Bikini Tree’. It is on the left hand side about 10 kms after you leave the highway. When you see it you will know why it is called the Bikini Tree.
From The Atherton Tablelands (North-West)
A lot depends on where you are coming from in the Tablelands. Assuming that you are coming from Yungaburra, head towards Malanda, then onto Millaa Millaa, and then to Innisfail. If you are planning to visit Paronella Park, there is a right turn (very well signposted) way before you reach Innisfail. The directions from Innisfail are at the top of this webpage in the ‘From Cairns’ section.