MISSION BEACH TO TOWNSVILLE
6 days, 4 nights
(2 days, 1 night)
We arrived at Mission Beach in the evening so spent the day exploring Mission Beach which is a very small, relaxed town. Make sure to pick up the loose mangos from the trees - incredibly tasty!
The next day we did a full day of whitewater rafting down the rainforest which was suuuuper fun with a BBQ lunch inbetween. I recommend the full day rather than the half day as it makes it more worth while! You can choose between normal or advanced - pick normal as there is no difference between the two options other than a two second swim under a waterfall and it being a lot more expensive (clarified by our instructor - a way of making money the cheeky devils).
Mission Beach is a recommended place to sky dive as its one of the only sky dives in the wooorld where you can land on the beach so definitely do this if you can.
Travel: Greyhound: Cairns to Mission Beach - just over 2 hours.
Stayed: Jackaroo Treehouse Hostel $12-15 which had such a lovely vibe and beautiful view of the sunset from the treehouse balcony overlooking the Coral Sea, with many hammocks so slum in, and an unlimited BBQ.
Activity: Whitewater Rafting: $80/$136 incl lunch.
Eating: Dinner - Bingil Bay Cafe $$ is a colourful, vibrant restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner but known for its burgers - rated top 25 burgers in Australia!
(3 days, 2 nights)
We caught the Greyhound to Townsville and then a boat over to Magnetic Island. When arriving at Base Hostel, we hitched a lift to the West Point to watch the sunset. This is the best place to watch the sunset on the beach so you must go! but you need to go by car as it's too far to walk.
Travel: Greyhound: Mission Beach to Townsville - 3 hours 20 minutes.
Ferry: Townsville to Magnetic Island - 20 minutes. (every 40 minutes)
Stayed: Base Backpackers $32-37. The best Base Hostel we stayed in, with cute little beach huts overlooking onto Nelly Bay. There's a bar (with many happy hour options), hammocks, swimming pool, pathway straight onto the beach, and they serve incredibly yummy breakfasts! Definitely have the smashed avo on sourdough with salmon - divine! There's also a make-shift gym for those who want a morning workout watching the sunrise. Battleropes and all!
Today was the day to properly explore the island! It is common to buy barbie cars/4x4s here on Magnetic Island to get around the island! We went on the Fort walk (a place you see wild koalas, if you catch them on the 4 hours they aren't sleeping and if it's not too hot!). We also went to Horseshoe Bay which was a beautiful beach. Alma Bay is where you can feed the rock wallabies - they come out around 5pm. Florence Bay and Arthur Bay are recommended places to snorkel. All the bays are stunning.
In the evening, we walked to Hawkings Point where we watched the sunset with a picnic and a refreshing beer - much needed after a pretty steep climb. Nobody else but us. Stunning views.
- Base Backpackers. $. As I mentioned earlier, such a scrumptious breakfast. You are given breakfast tokens to those that stay at Base which makes it even better!
- Cafe Nourish $. Beautiful energetic cafe with a selection of healthy wraps and smoothies, as well as breakfast options!
(1 day, 1 night)
We caught the boat back to Townsville in the afternoon. People often leave Townsville and head straight onto Airlie Beach, but I recommend staying for one night. Cute little town, and stayed in one of the nicest hostels - Rambutant. Nice to relax and chill by the pool before the next adventure. We headed to Airlie Beach in the evening.
Stayed: Rambutant - despite this is a hostel, it had a very hotel feel. A gorgeous restaurant/bar with a rooftop pool with G&Ts for $5 during happy hour (that's £2.50!). Sold.