Right after our boat docked at Airlie Beach after a 2D/2N sail in the Whitsunday Islands, we grabbed lunch with a fun Danish couple we met aboard. Then we had a little car caravan going toward Townsville. I think one of the best parts about joining organized tours is meeting people of similar interests. We were also able to have dinner with them once we reached Townsville and saw them again the next day at the Castle Hill lookout.
When you’re in Townsville, you have to make the drive up to Castle Hill lookout. There is an option to hike the whole hill, but we were still feeling pretty lazy after sailing 🙂 There is a small loop to walk around at the top though. From the top of the lookout, you can see all of Townsville and Magnetic Island in the distance. We didn’t do a day trip to Magnetic Island, but at the end of the trip, it was something we wish we had done! (But at this point, we were less than 1/3 of the way and didn’t want to detour too much yet).
As we drove further north, we stopped briefly at Big Crystal Creek (Paradise Waterhole) for lunch and to stretch our legs. We made it a goal to break up long stretched of driving with little scenic stops along the way.