Innisfail is the Cassowary Coast’s biggest 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. Innisfail is 90km from Cairns along the Bruce Highway, making it easily accessible by car, bus or train.
A warm tropical climate and an annual rainfall of around 3500mm ensures the area is always lush and green. Average daytime temperatures in Australia’s winter range from 26 and 30 degrees Celsius (in the dry season from May to October) and in the wet season (November to April) the temperature is around 30 degrees.
Agriculture is the major economic driver with well-established banana, sugar cane and tropical fruit industries. Nearby Mourilyan Harbour is a major regional port with bulk sugar-loading facilities, and the South Johnstone Sugar Mill is a significant local employer.
Tourism is a growth industry and Innisfail is a popular destination for backpackers who work in the banana industry.
The town is a major service hub for the Cassowary Coast region and has a wide range of shops including national retail outlets, along with government services and regional health and educational facilities.
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 and pleasure gardens, a tropical fruit winery and sugar industry museum.
In town, there are picnic and barbecue spots at Warrina Lakes, along the riverfront and at Anzac Memorial Park.
Innisfail has one of the best collections of art deco buildings in Australia and visitors can take a self-guided walk around town with the help of a brochure from the Innisfail Visitors Information Centre.
Photos courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland