Approx drive time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Distance: 620 km
If you plan on spending some time in Cairns before you head south then find a spot at one of the many great campsites in and around Cairns and settle in for a few days of fun. Some of our favourite things to do in this coastal city include taking a trip to the Barrier Reef, (we recommend that you do your research before you go to ensure that the company you travel with follows responsible reef practices), go white water rafting down the Tully River or head up the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for totally unique views of the rainforest.
When you’re ready to leave then jump into your campervan and hit the road. If you plan on breaking the journey up then then look into stopping at Mission Beach. This scenic beachside town is surrounded by World Heritage rainforest to the west and the Great Barrier reef to the east, making this a popular stop off for backpackers.
Another place to stop is Townsville, home to the Reef HG Aquarium and sea turtle hospital. This large coastal city is a great place to park up and pick up more supplies for your trip.
Your ultimate destination for this leg of the trip is Airlie Beach, the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays and the ideal mainland base for fun and adventure in the Whitsundays Islands such as swimming, snorkelling, sailing and diving.