11 days in Cairns Region, Magnetic Island & Townsville Itinerary

11 days in Cairns Region, Magnetic Island & Townsville Itinerary

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Cairns
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Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
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Townsville
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Cairns — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Honey House. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Seattle, USA to Cairns is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in January, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.
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Magnetic Island — 1 night

On the 3rd (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk and then head outdoors with Magnetic Island Time Cruises.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Townsville.
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Townsville — 5 nights

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Step out of Townsville to go to Ayr and see Yongala Dive, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Castle Hill, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, get to know the resident critters at Billabong Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Townsville Palmetum.

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Ride a ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville in an hour. In February in Townsville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Cairns Region travel guide

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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.