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Posted: 06 Jun 2017
Bingil Bay is a small community just north of Mission Beach and you do get a sense that the rainforest really does meet the sea in this area. The following is information from Wikipedia about the history of this beautiful location. The name Bingil is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning a good camping ground given to the area by Frederick Cutten, a pioneer settler in the area. In 1884, the Cutten brothers (Frederick, Leonard, Sydney and James) established the first commercial tea plantation in Australia on their Bicton estate at Bingil Bay, also growing coffee, mangoes, bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruit. At that time, Bingil Bay was only accessible by boat. Most of the Bicton estate was destroyed by a cyclone in 1918 and although the homestead was rebuilt the remainder of the estate was never restored. The descendants of the original tea plants were rediscovered in the rain-forest by Dr Alan Maruff in 1958 and seedlings from these plants formed the basis for the Nerada tea plantations. In 1921, an overland connection was created from El Arish (a distance of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away) but it was only usable by a dray and the journey took most of the day. The area was formerly known as Clump Point (the name of a nearby headland) until 1929 when a post office called Bingal Bay was established. On 9 July 1936, the road from El Arish to Bingil Bay was finally completed, reducing the travel time to 30 minutes. It was officially opened by Percy Pease, the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Herbert. The Bingil Bay Lifesaving Club opened in 1936. Around 1966, then Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt and his wife Zara Holt, owned a holiday cottage they called "The Shack" at Bingil Bay. It sat high on the hill with views as far as Dunk Island. The couple were keen spearfishers. The cottage did not have a telephone.
Posted: 26 May 2017
Your weekend to do list - escape to a tropical island. We can make this happen with our Locals Discounted rate of $150. Book now and pack your beach bag! Watch it here: http://www.cairnstoday.com.au/cairns/tours.95/cruise-dive-frankland-islands.1905/
Posted: 02 May 2017
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort is the #1 destination for hikers that come to the area then catch the boat from our jetty over to the drop off point which is either the north or south end of the Island then picked up after their hike and bought back to the resort! You can even leave your cars in the safe grounds of the resort at no charge. Contact us to make this a possibility- P: 07 4777 8395 E: email@example.com
Frankland Islands Cruise and Dive set themselves apart from other reef tour operators in that they are the only company able to visit this spectacular group of five breathtaking continental islands surrounded by fringing coral reef. Normanby Island is the largest of the Frankland Islands, and is the...
Bedarra Island is a lush landscape of scenery and solitude. Enjoy a weekend escape at this beach house near Mission Beach and get lost in the serene sublimity of the locale. Get back in touch with nature as you dip your toes into the Coral Sea or run through the sand with the wind in your hair. Ex...
Coral Sea Sportfishing Safaris takes you on a fishing adventure like no other, whether it is one of our local “Escape Day Trips” on the Great Barrier Reef or a “Remote Safari” to a far-flung reef in the Coral Sea. OUR FISHING DESTINATIONS ARE SOME OF THE PUREST AND MOST REMOTE REEFS OF THE CORAL SE...