Everything a Tropical Island Should Be   4 comments

The Mission Beach area has much to see. Rainforest reserves, beaches by the score, the Great Barrier Reef a few miles offshore, inland mountains with tumbling waterfalls and swimming holes. We ignored all this and decided on a day trip to Dunk Island, the very prominant eminence just off the coast where we were staying.

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

The day didn’t look promising. Sun and blue skies had been replaced by dark stormy clouds and we got an absolute soaking walking the 20 yards from the car to the ferry boat with Dunk Island Water Taxi A wild and bouncy ride deposited us on Dunk Island for the day. At least it had stopped raining although looking across to the mainland it looked like the world was ending. All was dark and stormy

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

But who cares, it was warm and promisingly bright on Dunk. The island was completely devastated by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and the once luxury resort now lies pretty much in ruins. Once you look beyond that it’s pretty much the quintessential mountainous tropical island. Steep slopes covered in lush rainforest dropping down to palm fringed beaches

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

We took the short walk along the coast to Muggy Muggy beach. A shingle strand with rocky outcrops and palm trees it was gorgeous. The sky was bright and cloudy but it was warm and – well – muggy, as you’d expect. The wind had whipped up the silt so the water wasn’t all that clear but snorkelling was still pretty good with lots of fish. I even managed a very close encounter with a Moray Eel and small stingray which gave me something of a start.

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

Best part was just sitting on the tropical beach looking out at the small Robinson Crusoe island off the shore and enjoying having the beach to ourselves, Castaways. Kind of.

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

We went back to the jetty for lunch. Just a portakabin but it served up one of the best meals of the trip. Fresh fish wraps, Calamari and for TJF the “Corona Shell”

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

A huge ceramic shell filled with ice and fresh prawns – TJF loves her fresh prawns – the Corona from the two bottles of Mexican lager that I reluctantly drank. Everything served with a cheerful smile from the proprietor.

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

As we at there on the beach looking at the stormy rainforest mountains on the mainland I have to say I was feeling pretty damn good. Well, drunk anyway. A real standout moment for the whole trip

Back to Muggy Muggy for another brief stay on the beach and a little more swimming and snorkelling

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

As we waited for the ferry home the sun came out and temperatures soared – we had to hide under the jetty to escape the heat. The views were tremendous and it was all too short a visit before we were ferried home

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

The final part of the journey brought some smiles. The Boat couldn’t reach the shore so we had to jump out into thigh deep water for another soaking but at least this was a sunny one

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

While the kids chilled me and TBF went for another long stroll through the coastal forest and mangroves and watch the turtles from Clump Point pier.

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

Restless feet and time to move on? Well we had to but we didn’t want to. Mission Beach and the Ecovillage Resort is a wonderfully quiet, charming and breathtakingly beautiful spot. With lots of large creepy crawlies to admire

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

mission beach, dunk island, dunk island water taxi, muggy muggy beach, clump point, ecovillage resort

Everyone said we’d love it and we did but there was still one more week of Queensland adventures still to go

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4 responses to “Everything a Tropical Island Should Be

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  1. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it, eh?

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  2. Those storm clouds look wonderful – totally tropical. Been ages since we’ve had a holiday like that – almost beginning to feel envious 🙂

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    • It was a proper tropical day – hot and humid and the island and very wet on the mainland. Writing these posts is a very bittersweet experience, fantastic memories but the longing to go back knowing it might never happen with the costs involved is kind of disheartening

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