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The Sunny Cairns to Airlie Beach Tour

Estimated Travel Period: 7 Days , about 8 hours 35 mins
Estimated Travel Distance: 649 kms

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You can expect sunny days all year, with the weather being just right during the dry season, which is from late Autumn (May) to mid Spring (October). The wet season is usually during Summer (November to March), so this means high heat and humidity. Remember to bring a hat and sunblock when doing the tour. Read more on What To Pack For Your Australian Self-Drive Holiday.

Visit the sunny towns and cities of Queensland in a tour that celebrates the beaches and forests of the north-eastern regions of the Sunshine State.
Your self-drive adventure planning is all too easy when you do it with MyDriveHoliday. We have already listed down the great attractions and activities to try in each stop, as well as the awesome caravan parks to stay in along the way. We have even enlisted the help of top Australian brands to make sure you get the best motorhomes in Campervan Hire Cairns.

Day 1 Cairns to Mission Beach

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours
Estimated Travel Distance:139 kms

Drive up to the lovely town of Mission Beach, where you can try sea kayaking to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

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Day 2 Mission Beach

Estimated Travel Period: 15 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:11.9 kms

Take the ferry to the magnificent Dunk Island and enjoy the view from Mount Kootaloo.

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Day 3 Mission Beach to Ingham

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 40 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:124 kms

See the works of local artists, and even get a chance to purchase some artworks at the TYTO Regional Art Gallery. Camp out at the Paluma Range National Park, where you can take an easy walk to the gorgeous Jourama Falls.

Day 4 Ingham to Townsville

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 25 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:111 kms

Have lots of water fun at The Strand and meet aquatic locals at the Reef HQ.

Day 5 Townsville to Ayr

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 10 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:88 kms

Go surfing or just enjoy a pleasant barbecue at Alva Beach.

Day 6 Ayr

Estimated Travel Period: 20 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:17.4 kms

Looking for a more exciting activity? Take the plunge into the SS Yongala Wreck site with Yongala Dive.

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Day 7 Ayr to Airlie Beach

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 30 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:187 kms

Explore Conway State Forest by foot when you take the Whitsunday Great Walk. If you still can't get enough sun, head over to the Airlie Beach Lagoon or take the time to experience the Great Barrier Reef at nearby Whitsunday Islands.

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