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Innisfail

Innisfail is a prosperous, colourful town, situated on the North and South Johnstone Rivers, and is surrounded by rich green landscape. Lush sugar plantations flow from the dense rainforest coastline to the thick jungles of the Palmerston National Park to the west. Sugar has been grown here since the early 1880’s. Tea, bananas, pawpaws and other exotic tropical fruits are also grown within the area. Aquaculture also plays an important part in the area’s economy ranging from prawn, barramundi and fresh crayfish to crocodile farming.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 1,719 kilometres.

Activites and Experiences at Innisfail

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the quality and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, offering a complete cultural experience.
  • Art and Craft making Explore local the local art galleries and admire the vibrant work of local artists.
  • Mountain Biking Australia’s World Cup BMX women’s champion comes from Innisfail. Take a ride on her home turf.
  • Birdwatching Visitors are given the opportunity to see many species of bird found nowhere else, take a birding adventure tour or charter. Tours are tailored to the specific interests of individuals and groups and can be intensive or conducted at a more leisurely pace.
  • Bushwalking The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are many walking tracks to choose from, ranging from tracks that are suitable for casual walkers up to those only suitable for fit and experienced walkers.
  • Camping The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are plenty of campsites in the area and camping permits can be obtained from the self-registration station at the camping area.
  • Canoeing Enjoy canoeing on the North Johnstone River in an outrigger canoe.
  • City Sightseeing Explore historic Innisfail, a town that was founded more than 110 years ago, on a guided heritage walk.
  • Crabbing Catch your own dinner – try your luck around the North Johnstone River area and mangrove swamps.
  • Cruising Enjoy a river cruise on the North Johnstone River or take the cruise of a lifetime to The Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life and visit nearby tropical islands.
  • Driving Rent a car and explore the region at your leisure. World heritage areas and historic parks can be reached by a scenic drive through many small towns.
  • Fishing – Beach Catch your own dinner – try your luck at fishing at Flying Fish Point and at Ella Bay. Beach fishing is also available at nearby Kurrimine Beach and Bramston Beach.
  • Fishing – Estuary Catch your own dinner – try your luck at fishing in the North Johnstone River and in the harbour. Alternatively, enjoy a river tour while you fish.
  • Fishing – Trout/Fly Catch your own dinner – try your luck at fishing in the North Johnstone River and on The Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, enjoy a river tour while you fish.
  • Fishing – Game Game fishing tours on the reef are available for the keen game fisherman.
  • Fishing – Deep Sea Deep-sea fishing tours are available for the keen deep-sea fisherman.
  • Exercising Work out in the local gym and fitness centre, take a yoga class, enjoy a round of golf, a hit on the tennis court or a swim. There are also many walking tracks to choose from, ranging from tracks that are suitable for casual walkers up to those only suitable for fit and experienced walkers.
  • Flora Marvel at the rainforest and heritage gardens dotted with exotic blooms.
  • Fruit Picking The plentiful water and warm weather provide a healthy environment for fruits like Banana, Papaya, Passionfruit, Lychee and Rambutan. Take delight in picking your own fruit and relishing the tropical flavours.
  • Gambling Gambling facilities are available in local hotels and the local Returned Services League club.
  • Game Playing Enjoy a game of tennis or golf in tropical surroundings, or for the rainy day try ten pin bowling or squash. A mini golf course is also available for small time golfers.
  • Golfing Take pleasure in a round of golf in tropical surroundings in Innisfail. A mini golf course is also available for small time golfers.
  • Mini Golf/Putt Putt Take pleasure in a round of golf in tropical surroundings in Innisfail. A mini golf course is also available for small time golfers.
  • Horseriding Enjoy trekking on rugged, winding trails through pristine Australian rainforest.
  • Kayaking Enjoy kayaking on the North Johnstone River.
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition Innisfail TAFE (Technical And Further Education) college is situated across the river from the town centre.
  • Sailing Kurrimine Beach is located about 20 kilometres South of Innisfail and is the closest Beach to the Great Barrier Reef. King Reef is located just off the beach and at high tide it is one of the best locations to go sailing. At low tide you have to be very careful.
  • Skating Skateboard enthusiasts will enjoy the skate boarding facilities.
  • Sports Viewing For those who enjoy sports there is plenty to choose from with rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis, swimming, netball and racing.
  • Swimming The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are plenty of picnic and swimming areas to choose from surrounded by beautiful waterfalls. Take notice of any crocodile warnings further downstream, as this is their native habitat. Indulge in swimming of a glorious sun-drenched beach at nearby Kurrimine Beach and Bramston Beach.
  • Tennis Enjoy a leisurely game of tennis surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
  • Walking The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are many walking tracks to choose from, ranging from tracks that are suitable for casual walkers up to those only suitable for fit and experienced walkers. Town heritage walks are also available.
  • Wine Tasting For something different attend a banana wine tasting to excite the palate.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Licensed Club
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Jetty
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the quality and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, offering a complete cultural experience.
  • Beach Kurrimine Beach is located about 20 kilometres South of Innisfail and is the closest beach to the Great Barrier Reef. King Reef is located just off the beach and at high tide it is one of the best locations to go sailing. At low tide you have to be very careful.
  • Cruise Enjoy a river cruise on the North Johnstone River or take the cruise of a lifetime to The Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life and visit nearby tropical islands.
  • Cultural Innisfail has a real multicultural flavour. A large Italian migration during the two world wars is the reason so much of the town’s present culture is of Italian origin. The region developed as a sugar growing and timber producing area. Alternatively, prepare to be captivated by the quality and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, offering a complete cultural experience.
  • Fishing Catch your own dinner – try your luck at fishing at Flying Fish Point, Ella Bay and in the North Johnstone River. Beach fishing is also available at nearby Kurrimine Beach and Bramston Beach. Fishing tours to the reef are also available for a fishing alternative.
  • Flora and Fauna Take a wildlife tour or visit a wildlife farm and receive a comprehensive run-down on all birds, mammals, frogs and reptiles in the region. Marvel at the rainforest and heritage gardens dotted with exotic blooms.
  • Gambling Gambling facilities are available in local hotels and the local Returned Services League club.
  • Golf Take pleasure in a round of golf in tropical surroundings in Innisfail. A mini golf course is also available for small time golfers.
  • Health and Fitness Work out in the local gym and fitness centre or take a yoga class. There are also many walking tracks to choose from ranging from tracks that are suitable for casual walkers up to those only suitable for fit and experienced walkers.
  • Historic/Heritage The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. The restored ruins at Mena Creek will provide a unique and magical experience. Explore historic Innisfail, a town that was founded more than 110 years ago, on a guided heritage walk and visit a local museum.
  • Indulgence/Luxury For a day of pampering visit a local beauty salon to revitalise your hair, face and body.
  • Mountain Just outside Innisfail lies Queensland’s highest mountain, Mount Bartle Frere, standing 1622 metres. For the fit and experienced mountain climber, you can expect hot steamy weather with the mountain often shrouded in mist and clear days being the exception. Call in at the Visitor Information Centre for track reports and guidance.
  • National Park The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are many walking tracks to choose from, ranging from tracks that are suitable for casual walkers up to those only suitable for fit and experienced walkers. After a walk cool down in a swimming hole or enjoy lunch and one of the many picnic areas. There are also plenty of campsites available and camping permits can be obtained from the self-registration station at the camping area.
  • Nightlife For a night out on the town pay a visit to the local nightclub.
  • Pub Stay Enjoy a true Australiana experience and stay in a local historic pub.
  • Rainforest The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. There are many walking tracks to choose from, ranging from tracks that are suitable for casual walkers up to those only suitable for fit and experienced walkers. After a walk cool down in a swimming hole or enjoy lunch and one of the many picnic areas. There are also plenty of campsites available and camping permits can be obtained from the self-registration station at the camping area.
  • Relaxation To indulge in a tropical paradise visit Bramston Beach, located about 40 kilometres North of Innisfail, or Kurrimine Beach, located about 20 kilometres South of Innisfail. Quiet, relaxed and utterly tranquil, it’s the sort of place where you can replenish your batteries. Alternatively, have a picnic in the rainforest at one of the many picnic areas.
  • Science and Technology Innisfail plays host to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Department of Primary Industries.
  • Shopping There is a large shopping centre with variety shops, including three major supermarkets.
  • Sport For those who enjoy sports there is plenty to choose from with rugby league, rugby union, soccer, tennis, swimming, netball and racing.
  • Water based The warm weather of the tropics provides a wonderful environment for water based activities. Go canoeing or kayaking on the North Johnstone River, take a dip or go sailing at Kurrimine Beach or Bramston Beach, or try your luck at catching your own supper at one of the popular fishing spots in the region.
  • Wildlife Take a wildlife tour or visit a wildlife farm and receive a comprehensive run-down on all birds, mammals, frogs and reptiles in the region. Be aware when exploring the region that certain areas are inhabited by and native to crocodiles. Please take notice of any warning signs.
  • World Heritage The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts some of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

Nearest Airport: Mundoo

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