What to do when you want to travel but a long trip is just not possible? 🙁
That is the question that has been playing on a loop in my head recently. I am pretty damned good at working around obstacles and getting what I want – especially if it involves travel – but I had to accept that a long trip was probably not going to happen within the next few months.
See if you can instead wrangle a couple of days away. 🙂
We did however have two nights available for a short escape and we grabbed them like a drowning person grabs a lifebuoy.
Choosing the Destination.
Wongaling/Mission Beach immediately came to mind as a likely destination for us. At 3 hours driving distance from our home in Townsville, North Queensland, it was far enough away to give that on holiday feeling, yet close enough not to eat into our available time.
If you are lucky enough to live in a city that is a major transport hub, look at all inclusive getaways on offer from the Airlines, Travelzoo or online booking agencies.
Consider a different style for your mini-break-away.
Different can be fun – why not try white water rafting or camping – set your own limits. 🙂
From Wongaling Beach a 5 hr white water rafting trip costs 189.00 AUD at the nearby Tully River.
Choosing accommodation for our mini-break-away.
On a break of two or three months I would normally scour Airbnb for the cheapest accommodation, sacrificing luxury for affordability, but with only two days at our disposal, I changed the focus to location, location,
Enter – ONNA MISSION – perfect because
Of it’s waterfront position only 30 metres from Wongaling Beach with unhindered views of Dunk and Bedarra Islands.
Of it’s affordable by Aussie standards price range. It slept six in three different areas so would become super affordable in that circumstance. There are extra affordable weekly rates for those with more available time.
We had the whole ground floor of the two storey dwelling at our disposal while Teri and Ray the owner/managers resided above.
Although we had Total Privacy we could pop upstairs to ask little questions like where is the best place for coffee and cake? The strangely named Cafe Bang Bang being the answer.
The apartment included everything we required and much more – Tropical decor, soft fluffy bath and beach towels, quality linen, fresh flowers from the garden, plenty of room, tropical gardens, outdoor eating alcove with BBQ, direct access from carport to apartment, A/C, fans, washing machine, dryer, large indoor kitchen/dining area, T.V., books. There were even beach toys for the kids.
We could self cater if we wished or walk to the very close Millers Bar and Grill or Nana Thai Cafe which unfortunately was having its own mini-break while we were in town.
There were two bedrooms to choose from. No prizes for guessing that we chose the front bedroom with ocean views! There is something special about drifting off to the sound of lapping waves. At times living in North Queensland is too good to be true.
Update 2018: Millers Bar and Grill is permanently closed due to fire.
Travel is not always about exotic locations and different cultures.
Mission Beach is a favourite destination of ours so we were familiar with the area. This worked well as we felt no need to spend our days exploring. Instead our time was spent sleeping, enjoying casual courtyard breakfasts, taking extra long beach walks, not to mention happy hours on the beach and dining out.
The result was that at the end of our break we felt wonderfully pampered, relaxed and ready to return to reality.
Happy Hour Beach Seats. These reworked Boat Seat Cushions were super inviting. 🙂
Things to Know and Budget Talk
Wongaling Beach is one of the communities that join together to be known jointly as Mission Beach.
They are in order from south to north. South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach, Bingil Bay, Garners Beach.
The Onna Mission Apartment cost us 145.00 AUD/night.
Millers Bar and Grill is not open Monday Night. On Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday between 4 and 7 p.m. they have pizzas for $10 each eat in only.
Jump from14,000 ft. onto Wongaling Beach with Tandem Sky Dives from 334.00 AUD per person.
The Southern Cassowaries are endangered please beware of them on the roads.
The vegetation at Mission Beach is still recovering from Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
The sun generally sets over land in Queensland. These mellow sunset colours are reflected onto the sky behind Dunk Island.
What tips can you share on planning a mini-break.
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