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, Drive to Ayr
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Ayr
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Ingham
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Ravenshoe
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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
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Ferry
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Townsville
— 7 nights
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Ayr

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 · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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Ingham

Ingham is a town and locality in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, North Queensland, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jourama Falls and Wallaman Falls. Take a break from the city and head to TYTO Wetlands and Absolute North Charters. Take a break from Ingham with a short trip to Lucinda Jetty in Lucinda, about 32 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

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

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Ravenshoe

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 Ellinjaa Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravenshoe: Zillie Falls (in Millaa Millaa), Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz) and Irvinebank (in Herberton). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Millstream Falls National Park. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Tully Falls National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Tully River and take some stellar pictures from Millaa Millaa Lookout.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ravenshoe day trip app.

You can drive from Ingham to Ravenshoe in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Ravenshoe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

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Cairns

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 Nudey Beach and Ellis Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Behana Gorge Waterfall and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Ross and Locke Park (in Little Mulgrave) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). 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, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and take in the pleasant sights at Red Arrow Walk.

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

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 24:

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Mission Beach

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 Murray Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Skydiving and Kennedy Walking Track. Step out of Mission Beach with an excursion to Kirrama National Park in Cardwell--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Croc and Wildlife Tours, explore the galleries of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip itinerary website.

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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Magnetic Island

Family-friendly places like Geoffrey Bay and Magnetic Island National Park will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Magnetic Island Time Cruises and Arthur Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:

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Townsville

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 The Strand will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jezzine Barracks and Queens Gardens Townsville. Explore Townsville's surroundings by going to Charters Towers (Zara Clark Museum, Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Riverway, view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart, and learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Townsville route maker app.

Ride a ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville in an hour. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.