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Innisfail from the Johnstone River - Photo Courtesy of Snapping Tours

Innisfail

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.

Mourilyan | Etty Bay | Warrina Lakes | The Coconuts | Flying Fish Point | Ella Bay | Palmerston Highway - MAMU

Innisfail is an ideal location to base a stay, as accommodation includes motels, van parks, bed and breakfasts and backpacker hostels.

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.

Still in town, Warrina Lakes is a 50 hectare recreational park with kilometres of walkways through open parkland, lakes, wooded areas and rainforest trails. Within the park you can visit the Bushtucker Gardens, established by the Ma:Mu traditional owners, the Bill Markwell Botanical Gardens and Anzac Grove. Ducks and geese can be seen in the lake and there is a swimming pool, barbecues, picnic tables, a playground with boccé and volleyball equipment available, or fly a kite or kick the footy in the wide open spaces.
 

On the second Sunday of the month, Innisfail Mini Rail run train rides around their Warrina Lakes track!

Cross the southern bridge to follow the river down to the headland at Coquette Point, a marvellous high point to see the district, its two rivers and the coastline. Crossing the northern bridge on Flying Fish Point Road, track the north side of the river for a pretty drive to The Coconuts where the river meets the ocean, and on to Flying Fish Point where you can throw in a line from the beach. Stop here for a picnic or meal of fish and chips or stay in the caravan park.

Innisfail’s annual Feast of the Senses celebrates the region’s produce with a market day extravaganza featuring farmers’ markets, cooking demonstrations and a celebrity cook-off. Various activities are held either side of the main event and include farm tours, a poet’s breakfast and gala dinner featuring local produce.
 

The 2017 Feast of the Senses saw Innisfail break the record for the World's Longest Banana Split!

With access to two World Heritage Areas - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Wet Tropics rainforests - the town is surrounded by beautiful natural attractions. Etty Bay, Flying Fish Point, Cowley Beach and Kurrimine Beach are a short drive away. Wooroonooran National Park, with the Mamu Canopy Walkway and walking trails through the Misty Mountains, is 27km west of Innisfail. Other attractions include an historic Spanish-style castle “Paronella Park”, Mudering Point Winery where they make local wines from tropical fruit and the Australian Sugar Museum where you will find all the information on the local Sugar Industry history.

 

Innisfail Art Deco Classic Car Event - Photo by Tropical Coast Tourism
Innisfail Art Deco Classic Car Event - Photo by Tropical Coast Tourism
Map of Innisfail
Map of Innisfail
Innisfail from the Johnstone River - Photo Courtesy of Snapping Tours
Innisfail from the Johnstone River - Photo Courtesy of Snapping Tours