Mission Beach is surrounded by a beautiful rainforest backdrop, and Summer is the time of year when the rainforests recieve most of their yearly drink, with amazing tropical storms occuring mostly in the evenings followed by cooler temperatures. Waterfalls in the neardby National Parks reach their peak, with their streams and pools allowing excellent swimming oppotunities to cool off. The wet season varies in intensity and length each year, but is typically late December to late March. The spring flowering plants and trees persist well into summer, adding reds yellows and blues to the trees and schrubs of local gardens and streets.
Temperatures are typically 32C, as the coastal sea breezes and forest environment allow the area to avoid the heatwaves experienced to the west and south of the Australian continent during this time of year. The reef waters tend to be calm and warm at about 29C, ideal for outer reef tours.
You'll enjoy days perfect for lazing around on the beach, or taking an early morning/evening walk or evening sea swim in the floodlit Mission Beach net enclosure. Toward the afternoon the clouds will often collect and begin their rumblings for the tropical rain ahead.
Summer is an ideal time to visit Mission Beach if you love tropical fruit. The area has a large number of farms nearby, and you'll likely find some exotic fruit you've never heard of before. Mangoes are plentiful, but also look for lychees, rambutan, and the famous mangosteen. Towards the end of summer there is a tropical fruit festival at nearby Innisfail with stalls of delicious fruits lining the streets.
Although the beginning of autumn is often rainy, you'll find the temperature cools off sharply in the evening and you'll enjoy even more of the outdoor lifestyle that living that North Queensland is famous for. Enjoy sunset drinks in the village, have beach BBQs, or go for long walks.
It's in autumn you'll see some locals reaching for their jumpers as the night time temperature starts to dip below 20C. Most people holidaying from Australia's southern states will adore the clear skies and warm days.
Stinger season also finishes in autumn, so we see the mainland beach swimiming enclosure stinger nets removed from the water, opening further areas for swimming.
The busiest season in Mission Beach as people from the colder Australian states flock to North Queensland to soak up our warmth!
Days are glorious with clear blue skies, soaked with sunshine and daytime temperatures of about 24C. Beaches are popular, providing gentle sea breezes, with sea temperatures of 24C.for swimming
The cooler nights are still mostly warm with the tempertures not dipping below 15C. Enjoy the local alfresco restaurants.
If you're a wildlife fan, spring is the best time to visit Mission Beach. It's breeding season for the much loved Cassowary, so your chances of a sighting is greatly increased by the extra activity of these birds
Also common during spring are sightings of amazing buttflies of this area, the Ulysses Butterfly and Cairns Birdwing. Both butterflies are brightly coloured and quite large.
In late Spring the temperature warms up again, and those who enjoy the sun and the water will want to be here.