My boyfriend & I will be driving from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in May & have 9 nights for the journey. We plan to stay in Port Douglas for 3 nights which is a definite, then planned a night in Mission Beach, 2 nights in Townsville & 3 in Airlie Beach before we hand the at back & get the ferry across to Hamilton Island.
Neither of us have been to Australia before so we have simply guessed the best places to stop off at just by looking at a map & picking places that are evenly spaced out, but could anyone recommend any better stops from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach? Is there a lot to do & see in Townsville, or would it be better to distribute the nights at each place differently? If anyone has any recommendations on how to do the drive differently then that would be fantastic!
The only thing we have booked so far are the flights which we land in Cairns on the 22nd May, and fly out to Sydney from Hamilton Island on 3rd June so everything in between is sill in early planning stages!