Licuala Lodge Frequently Asked Questions

Licuala Lodge are family owned and operated, providing boutique Mission Beach bed and breakfast accommodation. Your hosts – Dawn and Blair Shimmield and their son Rowan – are originally from England and have travelled and lived in various locations around the world. They’re passionate about the beauty and conservation of the natural environment and that’s what attracted them to Licuala Lodge. As well as being your hosts, they are also qualified PADI Instructors and are able to provide dive training and certification during your stay, so you can better explore the reef as well as the rainforest. To assist with your research and planning, we’re pleased to provide a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. If there’s something additional you’d like to know about Licuala Lodge and Mission Beach, please don’t hesitate to call (07) 4068 8194 or stay@licualalodge.com.au

What facilities do the rooms have?

The 4 Queen Rooms have queen size double beds, or long twin beds and are fully ensuite, with a large shower. There are ceiling and free-standing fans for your comfort, fridge, hairdryer, kettle, tea/coffee, and complimentary toiletries. The doors and windows are fully screened. We can add an extra bed to sleep an extra adult or child, but the King Room is much better suited for three people. Outside seating is on the verandah overlooking the lush tropical gardens. Parking is directly beneath the rooms.

The Superior King Room has a private patio, with a seating/dining area, BBQ and view of the garden. It also has direct personal access to the guest lounge and kitchen area. With a super-sized king bed it is ideally suited for 2 adults, and is comfortable for 3 adults with the addition of a full single bed. The brightly lit ensuite bathroom has a huge walk-in shower with 2 shower heads, rainfall and massage! There are wall and free-standing fans for your comfort. Room amenities include an LCD TV, fridge, kettle, tea/coffee, glasses and tableware, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. All the doors and windows are fully screened.

What time is the breakfast available and what is included?

Breakfast is available from 7.30am – 9am. If you have to get out of bed early (eg to go White Water Rafting), then just let us know the night before and we will try to accommodate you. Continental Breakfast (included in room rate) consists of a selection of cereals, fresh fruit salad with or without toasted coconut, yoghurt and honey, home-made bread/toast and cakes, preserves, a selection of teas, filter coffee and orange juice.

The fruit salad is lovingly prepared by us in the morning, and may include mango, melon, pawpaw, seedless grapes, strawberries, banana, kiwi, plum, apple, pear, grapefruit, pineapple, dragonfruit, passionfruit to name but a few depending on the season. All the fruit is grown locally – most of the pawpaw, pineapple, passionfruit and dragonfruit come straight from our garden!

For those who like a cooked breakfast, there’s eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns and baked beans. Vegetarian options may include avocado (seasonal) grilled haloumi & fresh spinach leaves. These additional options incur a supplement.

Gluten and lactose free diets can be catered for with a little bit of notice!

Please note breakfast is served on the upper verandah of the main house, from where you can enjoy a great view of the lush tropical Licuala Lodge garden. If you care to read our reviews on Tripadvisor then you will know the reason for this page. Not only is the breakfast a culinary delight, it also gives all our guests the chance to meet each other at the table. A perfect way to start the day.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

Yes, Licuala Lodge’s water supply is standard town mains potable water. In addition the water we use at breakfast is filtered through the Nikken Pimag Water System which takes out 98% of any remaining chemical residue.

Do you provide kitchen / cooking facilities?

Yes. There is a functional kitchen in the shared lounge area. It has a microwave, toaster, induction plates and all the necessary culinary utensils, crockery and cutlery you need, to prepare meals. We do ask that meals are eaten in this area or on the adjacent patio, rather than in your rooms.

What other facilities are available?

Our fantastic swimming pool is for guest use and enjoyment. You’re also welcome to explore our private gardens and grounds. There’s covered car parking on site and free WIFI across the Lodge. The spacious and comfortable guest lounge has a large flatscreen TV, several board games, reference books, novels and lots of outdoor seating for you to enjoy a sunset glass of wine. We also have a guest laundry and drying facilities, but not a tumble dryer.

How much does it cost to stay at Licuala Lodge?

Queen Room Prices

The bedding is one double Queen bed, or 2 long singles for a twin request – subject to availability. The price is the same. Three people could fit into a Queen room, but it is a squeeze. We strongly recommend the King Room if you wish to book for three people.

Queen Single $130 per night 1 Person Queen bed Continental Breakfast included
Queen Double $150 per night 2 Person Queen bed Continental Breakfast included
Queen Triple $200 per night 3 Person Queen bed + Single Continental Breakfast included

Superior King Room Prices

With a super sized King bed it is ideally suited for 2 adults, and is comfortable for 3 adults with the addition of a full single bed.

King Single $150 per night 1 Person King bed Continental Breakfast included
King Double $170 per night 2 Person King bed Continental Breakfast included
King Triple $220 per night 3 Person King bed + Single Continental Breakfast included

If you stay for two nights or more just mention the magic phrase ‘Free bottle of wine please’ when you make the booking and you will get a bottle of wine on arrival – what a bargain !! But you MUST make the booking on this website to get the complimentary wine – use the booking button on this page or phone us on (07) 40688194 / 0487 719807 or email us directly.

Can I hire a bicycle?

It is possible to hire a bike from Mission Beach Water Taxi, or other operators, we can arrange this for you. To avoid disappointment, it is best to book in advance, especially in high season. There are a variety of bikes on offer, perfect for beach or track riding.

Where is Licuala Lodge located and how do I get there?

Licuala Lodge is located at 11 Mission Circle, Mission Beach in Queensland 4852. This is situated in between North Mission Beach and Wongaling Beach (the other two villages that make up Mission Beach being Bingil Bay and South Mission Beach). We are approx 1.5 kms from the beach, and the same sort of distance from the nearest shops and restaurants.

Mission Beach is in the Far North of Queensland, virtually halfway between Cairns and Townsville. By road, less than 2 hours south of Cairns and 2.5 hours north of Townsville. If you are coming here from the Atherton Tablelands, directions are here also.

Getting Here From Cairns (North)

Travel South out of Cairns – signposted Innisfail and/or Townsville. Just after an hour of travelling through this delightful part of Tropical North Queensland (lots of bananas and sugar cane fields) you will arrive at the fairly large town of Innisfail (well, large by Queensland standards). Drive through the town and straight on at the roundabout. Then just under 1 km make a right turn (signposted Tully) in order to stay on the Bruce Highway. After about 40 minutes or so, you should come across the township of El Arish, and there is a left turn for Mission Beach. Follow the road (for about 14 kms) and eventually on your right a few shops will appear including a Mitre 10 Hardware store (painted bright blue), then an AutoSpares Shop, and approx 100 metres beyond the shops is a major right turn, signposted Wongaling Beach, South Mission Beach and Tully. Take this right turn, and about one km on the right is Mission Circle. If you come across the Woolworths roundabout – you have gone too far!!

TIP – Less than an hour’s drive, you will go through a very small town called Babinda. If you have 30 minutes or so to spare take a right turn to the Babinda Boulders. Beautiful swimming hole, a very pleasant walk through the rainforest and some spectacular rock formations. Well worth a visit.

TIP – Further down the highway from Babinda you will see signs for Josephine Falls. Again, if you have the time go and have a look. You can have a swim, and if you are brave enough slide down the slippery rocks and into the water (all the local kids love the slide).

Getting Here From Townsville (South)

It is a 2.5 hour drive North on the Bruce Highway. Roughly halfway, you will pass Hinchinbrook Island on your right (if the island is on your left, you are in big trouble). Keep on driving and just after the town of Tully there is a right turn for Mission Beach. Stay on that road for approx 22 kms and then you’ll come to a roundabout. Woolworths should be on the right. Mission Circle is third left past the roundabout (approx 1km), just after a big yellow road sign for Licuala Lodge on the left.

TIP – About halfway from Townsville you will drive through Cardwell. Go into the Visitor Centre and get directions for Attie Creek Falls, Dead Horse Creek and the Cardwell Spa Pool (or Google the directions). Definitely worth a visit.

TIP – As you approach Tully, turn left into Tully at the traffic lights just after the Tully Visitor Centre. After 500m or so you will see the Golden Gumboot on your right. Park your car at the Gumboot, climb inside the boot and you will have a great view of Tully and the Sugar Mill.

TIP – Something else to look out for on the Tully-Mission Beach road is a tree that we locals call ‘The Bikini Tree’. It is on the left hand side about 10 kms after you leave the highway. When you see it you will know why it is called the Bikini Tree.

Getting Here From The Atherton Tablelands (North-West)

A lot depends on where you are coming from in the Tablelands. Assuming that you are coming from Yungaburra, head towards Malanda, then onto Millaa Millaa, and then to Innisfail. If you are planning to visit Paronella Park, there is a right turn (very well signposted) way before you reach Innisfail. The directions from Innisfail can be found in the ‘From Cairns’ section above.

Mission Beach Visitor Information

Where and when is the best place of seeing Cassowaries?

Right here at Licuala Lodge. They are often wandering through and around our gardens. They are in and around South Mission Beach, especially near the Waste Transfer Station, and the walk behind the beach. Alternatively for a short trip out, or if you don’t see one in the garden, go north to Etty Bay (40 mins drive), where Cassowaries are usually found wandering on the beach, trying to steal people’s picnics!

What are the best walks in the area?

There are many walks in the area for varying degrees of fitness! From strolling along part of our 14kms of beach to climbing Mt Tyson overlooking Tully! We can supply a map and advice when you arrive. A few are listed below:

  • The Kennedy Track – 8 – 10km’s (views of the Family Islands)
  • Lacey Creek Rainforest Walk – 3.2km’s (fresh water turtles and rain forest critters)
  • Bicton Hill – 4km’s (view of the Barnard Islands)
  • Cutten Brothers Walk Track – 3km’s (ancient rain forest, mangroves, volcanic bombs & descriptive sign boards)
  • Dunk Island Circuit – 7km’s (Water Taxi from Wongaling Beach to Island)
  • Mount Tyson, Tully – 6km’s (a seasonal walk, best done in the cooler months, strenuous and steep, some climbing required using hand holds. Not for the faint hearted! Allow 4 – 6 hrs.)

Is it safe to swim at the beaches?

It is generally safe to swim at the main beaches, there are stinger nets at North Mission Beach and South Mission Beach during stinger season. It is not advisable to swim in and around creeks as we do have crocodiles in the area – you will see the warning signs. There is also freshwater swimming at Alligators Nest, near Tully, or in the Hull River at the top end of the Tully Gorge.

What are some good places to eat, for lunch and dinner?

There are a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants, the majority being concentrated in Mission Beach village center. A full list of places to dine, wine, and also listen to some live music will be found in the Information Folder in your room. Opening hours of all do vary but we try to keep up to date!

Where can we buy food / groceries / opening times of local shops?

  • Leny’s Fruit & Vegetable Shop located in Mission Beach for beautiful fresh produce, juices/smoothies some meat, eggs, milk etc. All sourced from local suppliers! Leny is generally open 7 days/week, 9am – 6pm.
  • Mission Beach Mini Mart, open 7 days, 7am – 7pm. Small general store.
  • Woolworths at Wongaling Beach, Mon – Friday 8am – 9pm, Sat 8am – 6pm, closed Sunday.

How do we get to Dunk Island?

Mission Beach Water Taxi offers several transfers a day to Dunk Island, just a short 10 – 15 min ride from Wongaling Beach, prices and times vary depending on the season. Alternatively hire a kayak and propel yourself, or hire a small boat or Jet Ski (licence required) and visit not just Dunk but the other Family Islands.

Is it possible to hire a boat?

There are several boat hire companies operating in the Mission Beach area, tell us your requirements and we will let you know what is available.

When is the best time to visit Mission Beach?

There is something different to see and do at Mission Beach no matter what the time of year. It is cooler from April to October, July to October is our ‘high’ season, and hotter and humid between December and March – this is traditionally the ‘wet season’ that gives us our beautiful rainforest!

Can I get a massage at Licuala Lodge?

You certainly can! Dawn is a fully qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and can usually fit in an afternoon appointment. If this is not convenient there are a number of therapists located in and around Mission Beach so we will try to find something for you.

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