Bus travel is a fun and social way to travel up the coast, taking in the stunning views from your bus window as you go. It might be a longer drive north of Townsville at three hours but you certainly won’t be disappointed when you get to stretch your legs at Mission beach. The relaxed beachfront is a great place to relax and unwind. Made up of four villages stretching along fourteen kilometres of golden sandy beaches Mission Beach is sandwiched between the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. However, when planning your Townsville holidays, it’s important to note that October to June is stinger season when marine stingers, namely the box jellyfish which have toxic stings that can be deadly are present, so be sure to only swim inside the stinger nets during these months.