Welcome to Innisfail, the Cassowary Coast’s largest town with a population of approximately 10,000.
The township is situated at the junction of the North and South Johnstone Rivers, about 5km from the coast and 90km from Cairns along the Bruce Highway, making it easily accessible by car, bus or train.
The town has a vibrant retail centre with some national stores and many smaller specialty shops. Innisfail has a large and diverse range of Art Deco buildings, the CBD was largely rebuilt in this style following a cyclone in 1918 which destroyed much of the town. Today you can explore the buildings on The Innisfail Town Walk where you also will find The Chinese Temple, one of only a few still in use in Queensland.
Other local attractions include the award-winning “Paronella Park”, Snapping Tours, Art Deco Tours and the Australian Sugar Museum where you will find all the information on the local Sugar Industry history. Warrina Lakes, a 50 hectare recreational park has kilometres of walkways through open parkland, lakes, wooded areas and rainforest trails. Within the park you can visit the Bushtucker Gardens, established by the Mamu traditional owners, the Bill Markwell Botanical Gardens and Anzac Grove.
Wooroonooran National Park, with the Mamu Canopy Walkway and walking trails through the Misty Mountains, is 27km west of Innisfail.
Local beaches within a short drive from town include Etty Bay, Flying Fish Point, Cowley Beach and Kurrimine Beach.
From the wonders of the Spanish castle at Paronella Park, to the Art Deco buildings that line the streets of Innisfail, there’s so much to see around the northern region of the Cassowary Coast.
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