North Queensland (Townsville–Mission Beach)

North Queensland offers travellers the convenience of cities like Cairns and Townsville and the seclusion of islands like Hinchinbrook. The area is perfect for nature-lovers, with a wide range of hiking trails, rainforest adventures and idyllic beaches. This section of coastline lies at the doorstop to the Great Barrier Reef and is naturally a haven for divers, with endless diving opportunities including the famed Yongala wreck.

Townsville is a mellow seaside city with a very unique suburb of sorts: Magnetic Island. Part wilderness retreat, part backpacker party spot, Magnetic Island offers a taste of island life which often compels visits to Dunk, Bedarra and Orpheus Islands, and for the die-hard campers and hikers – Hinchinbrook Island, with its famous Thorsborne Trail. Cardwell and Tully are pleasant places to stop a while to work on fruit farms. Mission Beach is a sleepy little town offering sublime beaches and lots of activities, especially diving and water sports. Travelling north, Innisfail, with its interesting architecture and sights, will wake you up again and prepares you for the last big city in Queensland and the best place to plan adventure activities, Cairns.

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