40 days in Townsville North Queensland, Ravenshoe & Cairns Region Itinerary

40 days in Townsville North Queensland, Ravenshoe & Cairns Region Itinerary

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Fly to Townsville Airport / RAAF Base Townsville, Drive to Ayr
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Ayr
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Ingham
— 3 nights
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Ravenshoe
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 12 nights
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Mission Beach
— 4 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Townsville
— 7 nights
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Ayr

— 1 night
Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.GeographyAyr is located 88km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth and then explore the world behind art at Zaro Cultural Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Yongala Dive and then view the masterpieces at Ayr Nature Display.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ayr journey planner.

Brisbane to Ayr is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Ayr at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Ingham.

Things to do in Ayr

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ingham

— 3 nights
Ingham is a town and locality in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, North Queensland, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at TYTO Wetlands and Lucinda Jetty. Take a break from the city and head to Wallaman Falls and Jourama Falls. Take a break from Ingham with a short trip to Absolute North Charters in Lucinda, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Mercer Lane Mosaic.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ingham driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ayr to Ingham by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Ingham sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Ravenshoe.

Things to do in Ingham

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ravenshoe

— 5 nights
Ravenshoe is a town and locality in the Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spy & Camera Museum and Herberton Mining Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Millaa Millaa Falls and Tully River. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravenshoe: Millaa Millaa (Zillie Falls & Ellinjaa Falls), Irvinebank (in Herberton) and Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Millstream Falls National Park. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Tully Falls National Park. There's still lots to do: get great views at Millaa Millaa Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ravenshoe road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ingham to Ravenshoe in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Ravenshoe

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cairns

— 12 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll get in some beach time at Yorkeys Knob Beach and Nudey Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Behana Gorge Waterfall and Sugarworld Waterpark. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Ross and Locke Park (in Little Mulgrave). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online route planner.

You can drive from Ravenshoe to Cairns in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 4 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Djiru National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Murray Falls and Kennedy Walking Track. Step out of Mission Beach with an excursion to Kirrama National Park in Cardwell--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, make a trip to Golden Gumboot, and get a dose of the wild on Croc and Wildlife Tours.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Magnetic Island

— 7 nights
Family-friendly places like Geoffrey Bay and Magnetic Island Forts Walk will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Magnetic Island Time Cruises and Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island itinerary builder app.

Getting from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. December in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Townsville

— 7 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Visiting Little Crystal Creek and Texas Longhorn Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jezzine Barracks and Mount Stuart. Explore Townsville's surroundings by going to Charters Towers (Zara Clark Museum, Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Riverway, view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville, and step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Magnetic Island to Townsville by ferry takes about an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cairns Region travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Water Sports · Hiking Trails
An area defined by its close relationship with the ocean and its focus on the beach-going lifestyle, Cairns Region has a picture-postcard aesthetic that combines favorably with a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere. A relative small slither of land--4,135 sq km (1,597 sq mi)--the region nevertheless boasts a large number of attractive beaches, coastal enclaves, scenic towns, and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The region revolves around the economic prosperity of its immaculate capital, the city of Cairns.