Townsville is well positioned to sample the delights of life in North Queensland.
Just off-shore is our special Maggie, formally known as Magnetic Island; while driving an hour or so west leads to Charters Towers or Charlies Trousers an old gold mining town; and it’s only an hour south to our latest favourite fishing spot of Morris Creek. a mangrove creek typical of the north.
But this Tuesday we have stolen a lifesaving mini break at Mission Beach about three hours north of Townsville.
Mission Beach on the Cassowary Coast, comprises several beachside communities, the most northern of which is Garners Beach.
There is nothing at Garners –
except for Rainforest and Ocean and Beach –
beach that from the high tide line is classified as Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Green Zone.
Green Zones are no take zones so instead of taking one of the pretty stones that still glistened on the sand, we took a photo instead.
It is an intimate little bay where you might be the only castaway on the beach.
The no through entrance road to the Beach hints at the type of destination that awaits.
Looking south toward Bingil Bay.
Looking north toward Kurrimine Beach.
Garners is the kind of beach where you arrive with some cold drinks, lunch, chairs/picnic rug and a good book, intent on spending the day in the shade of the overhanging trees, or working on your tan, then cooling off in peaceful waters. There are five or six spots to park the car, the final turn around being our favourite place to park in the shade of the trees.
Whichever spot you choose it will only be a few metres before the sand is between your toes.
Things to Know
The closest pit stop for those who arrive without food and drink is a few kilometres away at the Bingil Bay Cafe.
Please drive warily on the Cassowary Coast to avoid collisions with endangered Southern Cassowaries.
Avoid swimming in the ocean between October and May in North Queensland due to various marine stingers.