8 days in Airlie Beach & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Airlie Beach & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip itinerary planner

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Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
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Townsville
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Airlie Beach

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You've now added Boathaven Beach to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Bicentennial Walkway. Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Hamilton Island and see Jetryder, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Lions Airlie Beach Markets, and surround yourself with nature on Turtle Tours.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip tool.

Cairns to Airlie Beach is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

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Townsville

— 1 night
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 29th (Wed), examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville, kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grays Bay, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then make a trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, and finally kick back and relax at The Strand.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Townsville road trip website.

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Townsville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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