Townsville – Mission Beach
Head north along the Great Green Way stopping to hike through the rich rainforest of Paluma Range National Park and swim at Big or Little Crystal Creek. Drive to Ingham a sugar cane town with a distinctly Mediterranean flair thanks to the migrating Italians, Spaniards and Basques who have settled in the area. Drive west to visit Wallaman Falls or take a ferry to Hinchinbrook Island home to cloud-covered mountains, fragile heathland vegetation, lush rainforest, rocky headlands, eucalypt forests and mangrove fringes. Next visit traditional healing ponds with a local Aboriginal guide in Tully Gorge National Park or take a water rafting adventure down the Tully River before heading to the vibrant village of Mission Beach for the night.
Watch for cassowaries, with their blue necks and regal head gear. Drive to Mission Beach, where the golden sand is fringed by a green tangle of rainforest.
- Walk to McClellands Lookout for views over the islands and coastline.
- Explore Lucinda’s sugar loading jetty the longest in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Hike the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s largest island national park.
- Visit Wallaman Falls, Australia's highest single drop waterfall.
- Visit Tyoto Wetlands home to 200 species of birds, tropical plants and native wildlife such as wallabies and crocodiles.
- Climb the giant Golden Gumboot which stands 8 metres tall to mark Tully's record-breaking rainfall and title of Australia’s wettest town.