Mission Beach, El Arish And Silkwood

Local Area / Mission Beach, El Arish And Silkwood


The stunning Mission Beach is made up of interconnected villages including Carmoo, South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, Narragon Beach, Bingal Bay, Brookes Beach, Garners Beach, Midgereebar, and Maria Caves. The beautiful Cassowary is regularly spotted in the region with the road leading to the town named Cassowary drive. The World Heritage Tropical Rainforest reaches right down to the shoreline being one of the last areas like this on the north Queensland coast, home to many wildlife species. Mission Beach is a thriving small tourist town that is spread out offering pretty scenery and enjoyable activities.


El Arish is nestled in the Mission Beach hinterland only having a small population of 344 people. The town is surrounded by rainforest, banana farms, and cane paddocks. El Arish was named after the city of Arish in Egypt in 1921 being founded as a soldier settlement area. The former railway station is now a local history museum worth a visit to learn about the history and development of the town.


The rural town of Silkwood was named after a tree-covered hill that had several ‘silkwood’ species native to north Queensland that displays a silky lustre. A.J. Daveson built a home in the early 1900s that was established as a postal facility and named the Silkwood office. The town has a population of 391 people.

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