Mission Beach located between Cairns to the North and Townsville to the South is a laid back village style town, serviced by the usual retail outlets eg. Woolworths (set out of town) and a variety of accommodation venues,and a small strip of shops, there is a great selection of cafes/restaurants, try the shrubbery hidden away right on the beach and milligans. You will feel relaxed in this little town, There are some great artist living in this area so try to visit the various galleries. If you are really lucky you will get to see a Cassowary (a huge flightless bird, like an emu only prettier) I have always seen one or two driving into the Elandra resort. Definately worth a short visit. Make sure you take the drive along the beaches, you can enter Mission Beach from South and exit North via one of the best coastal drives, or vice versa.