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Tropical far-North Queensland serves as one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations with a perfect balance of beachside luxury, seafaring adventure and a scintillating summery climate.
Perfectly positioned halfway between Cairns and Townsville, the charming seaside suburb of Mission Beach is the closest land-based access point to the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef and also places the boundless beauty of the Daintree Rainforest right in your backyard.
With refined tropical luxury, prime beachfront acreage and top-notch service; Castaways Resort & Spa puts the very best aspects of this picturesque paradise in the palm of your hand.
Nestled against the golden shores of a 14 kilometre stretch of pure beachfront overlooking the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea, Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach provides welcoming accommodation in an idyllic tropical setting.
Upon arriving at Castaways, we were mesmerised with the resort’s premier location – standing just a few sandy footsteps away from a palm-fringed beach with the Family Islands and Dunk Island drifting in the background.
Eager to explore our new surroundings, we didn’t waste any time checking-in and getting to our rooms. Our Beachfront Resort Room was inviting and well-appointed with plush bedding, air-conditioned interiors and an ensuite bathroom. A large flat-screen TV with Foxtel sports channels, mini-fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi access made for nice additional touches.
We were particularly enamoured with our private balcony which granted breathtaking elevated views across the Coral Sea.
Our days at Castaways began in quintessential tropical style at the on-site Bibesia Restaurant & Cocktail Bar where we indulged in delicious continental buffet breakfasts each morning of our stay.
We also dined at the in-house eatery once the sun had slipped below the horizon, sampling from their tantalising dinner menu featuring seasonal dishes made with the finest locally-sourced produce.
In addition to the Bibesia Restaurant, Castaways is home to an engaging array of on-site facilities. The luxurious Drift Day Spa promised uncompromised pampering and didn’t disappoint! The spa is fully equipped with three treatment rooms, a relaxed reception lounge, as well as a health and healing library. The handy tours and activities booking desk also had our day-trips all sorted, while the fitness centre ensured we felt no residual guilt from over-indulging at dinnertime.
Perhaps our favourite feature was encompassed by Castaways’ stunning pair of beachfront swimming pools – the perfect place to embrace the Far-North Queensland Sunshine and enjoy a refreshing drink by the poolside.
When not relaxing by the beach or unwinding amid the resort’s comfortable premises, we explored the tropical playground surrounding us with relish.
We couldn’t visit Mission Beach without setting aside a day to experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, so we embarked on a fun-filled cruise adventure with the friendly team from Mission Beach Dive! Our travelling troupe clambered onto the luxurious Reef Goddess and set off for the world’s most famous reef for an afternoon of snorkeling complete with a delicious BBQ seafood lunch.
We also enjoyed a water-based journey of a different kind with the friendly team from Croc and Wildlife Tours. Our tour group drifted along the calm waterways of the Hull River – home to a vibrant eco-system teeming with native birds, mud crabs and of course those calculating saltwater crocodiles!
There’s always time for a little indulgence, so we didn’t hesitate to book a chocolate farm tour with Charley’s Chocolate Factory.
We learnt about the chocolate making process from the orchard to the dessert tray and even managed to taste the profits …Yum!
There are few more romantic places than Paronella Park – a rambling 1930s Spanish castle with lush lawns made for enjoying an afternoon picnic with someone special. The historic architecture and dramatic nearby waterfall makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to another era.
As our Mission Beach trip came to a reluctant end, our Travel Team agreed that we certainly wouldn’t mind being shipwrecked … if it meant we could stay at Castaways just a little longer!
“This is a beautifully located property overlooking the water and palm trees. The view from our room, with a full moon rising on our first night was so memorable. Walking directly on to the beach for a swim is a great asset as is the beach itself of course for a long walk. The pool setting is also excellent for both families and couples, as there are two separate pools.”
“We keep going back”
Five out of five stars
“We have stayed here 3 times now and think it is a little piece of Paradise. Rooms are modern, beds comfortable and views spectacular. We will always stay here when travelling between Townsville and Cairns.”
“Magical Views – Great Resort!”
Five out of five stars
“Stayed 2 nights in a 2 bedroom apartment on the beachfront ground level, leading onto the deck around pool. Beautiful apartment, updated décor, very comfortable and modern with a gorgeous view over pool and beach. Very clean and comfortable, lovely balcony, great location. Delicious breakfast included. Highly recommend as THE PLACE to stay when staying at Mission Beach.”