Explore The Region

There are so many things to do and see on the Cassowary Coast, we recommend you visit one of our accredited visitor information centres and speak with our friendly staff about the options.

Explore the region

  • This centre is conveniently located on the Bruce Highway, Tully (map). The centre has easy, drive-in access for cars, caravans and motor homes . Disabled toilets and wheel chair access are available.

    The centre has an excellent Interpretive display that describes the history of Tully township, European settlement and the indigenous culture of the area.

    A comprehensive selection of local and regional brochures and maps is available to inform travellers of what is available in the area.

    During the cane harvesting season (June to November) the centre handles all bookings for tours of the Tully Sugar Mill.

    A free booking service is provided for tours and accommodation and free tea and coffee is provided.

    Merchandise available includes:

    • Local produce and arts and crafts
    • Souvenirs and postcards
    • Cold drinks

    Opening times: Open 7 days

    Monday to Friday open 9:00am to 4:30pm

    Saturday open 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Sunday open 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Contact details

    Phone: 07 4068 2288
    Email: tullytourism@ccrc.qld.gov.au
    Website: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/around-tully

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  • The Innisfail visitor information I-VAN is beside the Bruce Highway in ANZAC Memorial Park, at the corner of Glady Street (map).

    Heading north the I-VAN is on the right-hand side of the Bruce Highway, and heading south it is on the left-hand side.

    ANZAC Memorial Park has parking for caravans and RVs. It is ideal for picnics and is a short walk from the town centre and the riverfront.  There is easy access to shops, cafes and the library which has internet access.

    Innisfail has one of the best collections of art deco buildings in Australia.  To learn more about the art deco buildings, the twin rivers, local local history and heritage, take a leisurely, self-guided town walk.

    Ask our friendly staff at the I-VAN for a copy of the Innisfail Town Walk Map.

    Opening times:

    Monday to Friday: 9am to 3pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm

    Contact details:

    Phone: 0428 228 962
    Email: innisfailtourism@ccrc.qld.gov.au
    Website: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/around-innisfail

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  • The visitor information centre is in the Cardwell Bush Telegraph at 53 Victoria St (map).

    The centre has a wide range of local and regional information along with great views of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Hinchinbrook Island. We have information on national parks, adventure tourist route Kirrama Range Road, the Forest Drive tourist route, rainforests and the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.  Cardwell is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island and its Thorsborne Walking Trail, as well as great fishing destinations.

    The Cardwell Bush Telegraph is the old telegraph station and post office whihc was built in 1870 so the visitor information centre is also a great place to look around and learn about North Queensland's pioneering days.

    Opening Hours
    Monday – Friday 9am to 4.30pm
    Saturday 9am to 1pm, or other times by appointment
    Sunday 10am to 1pm

    Contact details

    Phone: 07 4066 2412
    Email: cardwelltourism@ccrc.qld.gov.au
    Website: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/around-cardwell

    Cardwell visitor information and bush telegraph heritage centre

     

  • This centre is located on Porters Promenade, Mission Beach (map). Off road parking is available.

    The Mission Beach centre has a wide range of local and regional information and offers a free booking service for accommodation and tours.

    The visitor centre is adjacent to the C4 Environment Centre which has excellent rainforest and cassowary displays.

    Merchandise available includes:

    • Camping books and walking trail maps
    • Souvenirs and postcards
    • Hats and t-shirts
    Opening times:

    Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm

    Sunday 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Contact details:

    Phone: 07 4068 7099
    Website: www.missionbeachtourism.com
    Email: info@missionbeachtourism.com

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Walking Tracks

Enjoy the tropics by taking a stroll through the rainforests and along the beaches.

The following walking tracks, walking and bicycle pathways are managed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

Our tourist information centres in Cardwell, Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail have plenty of information about camping and hiking in nationals parks. At the Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell tourist information centres, you can also make your bookings for camping in national parks in this region and all over Queensland.

Click here for a printable brochure Walking Tracks of the Cassowary Coast.

  • Innisfail Riverside shared walkways

    Getting there:   Parking at Fossey-Fitzgerald Park.

    What to see: 
    This shared pathway takes you on a loop trail around the river and through the heart of Innisfail. Fossey-Fitzgerald Park is on Fitzgerald Esplanade, where there is caravan and trailer parking and access to shops, Innisfail town centre and amenities overlooking the river. The walk takes in River Reflections, a series of eight hand-crafted mosaic panels telling the story of the Johnstone River region and its inhabitants.  Touch the raised images of turtles and crocodiles for good luck!

    Warrina Lakes - Botanic Gardens Circuit Trail

    Getting there: Parking at Warrina Lakes Centre off Charles and Emily St
    Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am - 6pm

    What to see:
    Just minutes from Innisfail's shopping centre, Warrina lakes has all the facilities you need for a great family day out.  Here you'll find a playground, small botanical garden and a charming lake with water lillies, ducks and turtles.  There are barbecues, picnic tables, shady trees, toilets, a large undercover aream and a pram-friendly walking circuit.  Enjoy a nice, easy-access rainforest stroll around the parklands, while also taking in a variety of rainforest and wetland ecosystems and looking out for rainforest and wetland birds.

    Innisfail Town Walk

    The best way to get to know Innisfail is to take the town walk. Take time to look up and admire the art deco architecture.  Many of these buildings have recently been restored, making Innisfail the "art deco capital of Australia''.  Interpretive maps are available from the Innisfail Information Centre in ANZAC Memorial Park at the corner of Edith and Glady Streets.

  • Cutten Brothers Walking Track

    Getting there: 
    Access from Narragon Beach at the southern end (parking at Perry Harvey Jetty) or from the Ulysses Link Walking Trail at the northern end.

    What to see: 
    The Cutten Brothers Walking Track commemorates some intrepid settlers who made their living from timber in the early 1900s. The track takes you through beautiful remnant coastal rainforest and offers spectacular glimpses of Boat Bay. As you walk through, note the endangered arenga palms, king ferns and the large variety of significant trees. Look out for cassowaries and a wide variety of rainforest birds inhabiting this area. At its northern end the track follows the beach before entering coastal rainforest. At its southern end, it emerges from rainforest at the Clump Point Boat Ramp Rd to meet the Ulysses Link Walking Trail

    Ulysses Link Walking Track

    Getting there:
    The trail begins at the Mission Beach Information and C4 Visitor Information centres.

    What to see: 
    The coastal walking track leads from North Mission Beach along the coast towards Clump Point and the Cutten Brothers Walking Track.

    View more information on the Ulysses Link Walking Track Project Plan.

    Wongaling-North Mission shared walkway

    Getting there:
    This walkway links North Mission and Wongaling Beach & you can access it from Cassowary Drive.

    What to see: 
    The shared pedestrian and bike pathway takes you from one village to the other, alongside Cassowary Drive (also known as Tully-Mission Beach Rd).

    Kennedy Walking Track

    Getting there:
    Parking at the South Mission Beach boat ramp at the southern end of South Mission Beach (Kennedy Esplanade).

    What to see:
    This popular coastal trail is an enjoyable and picturesque 4km (one way) route that includes beach and forest walking as well as island views. The track cuts through a wide variety of coastal rainforests to get to beaches and rocky headlands. It offers great views of the Family Group of Islands and the chance to see cassowaries, wallabies and other rainforest animals. Peer down into the ocean from lookout points to spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins. The Kennedy Walking Track takes you from South Mission to Kennedy Bay, past the landing place of 1848 explorer Edmund Besley Court Kennedy. If you have the time you can then walk the length of Kennedy Bay along the beach to finish at the Hull River. The communities of Hull and Tully Heads are on the other side. Return is via the same pathway. This trail is suitable for a wide range of walkers, although the second half includes more stairs and a bit of rock-hopping. There is a wide boardwalk to the first beach, known as Lover's Beach.

  • Tully Heritage Trail

    Getting there:
    The heritage trail begins at the Tully Information Centre on the Bruce Highway at the entrance to the Tully township.

    What to see:
    Take this self-guided walk through Tully's township to admire art deco buildings, memorials to the early settlers and some of the town's natural history.  The heritage trail has a series of 20 storyboards, each providing interesting snippets about the history of the town and its people.

  • Coastal Link Walking Track

    Getting there:
    This trail can be entered anywhere along the foreshore areas at Cardwell.

    What to see:
    Enjoy spectacular coastal views of Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Passage. The northern end of the trail terminates at Coral Sea Park, a memorial for those lost in the battle of the Coral Sea. The southern terminus is at Colleen McLaughlin Park. This track links with the Melaleuca Walking Track

    Melaleuca Walking Track

    Getting there:
    Parking and toilets are available at Colleen McLaughlin Park.

    What to see:
    Heading south you pass through remnant coastal ecosystems and a unique coastal wetland. There is access through to Port Hinchinbrook's marina where ferry services connect to Hinchinbrook Island National Park.

    Other walking trails & bike trails

    For information on other walking trails and bike trails within the Cassowary Coast region, visit the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

  • Tully, 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 7am to 12 noon

    Butler Street, Tully.
    Contact: Laurence O'Neil  0474751406

     

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    Feast of the Sense Market Extravaganza

    Annually last Sunday of the Feast of the Senses Festival March/April
    Centre of Innisfail - Edith & Rankin Sts
    Contact: Feast of The Sense Inc. president@feastofthesenses.com.au

     

    Innisfail, 3rd Saturday of the month, 7am to 12 noon

    ANZAC Park, Bruce Highway
    Contact: Lioness Club of Innisfail, Janelle Sciacca Ph: 0458 583 001 

     

    Mission Beach, 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month

    Porters Promenade (Opposite Hideaway Holiday Village)
    Contact: Rotary Club of Mission Beach, Chris May ph: 4068 7220

     

    Cardwell marketsCardwell Markets, 1st Saturday of the Month (Easter - December) 7am - 12 noon

    Gregory St. Sports Ground, Cardwell

    Contact: Rae Page, 4066 0083 or raepage45@gmail.com

     

     

    Cardwell Jetty Markets, Monthly (April - September)

    Cardwell Foreshore (at Jetty), Bruce Highway, Cardwell
    Contact: Thea 0447 660 248 or email cardwelljettymarkets@gmail.com

     

    Kurrimine Beach Progress Assocation Markets,  2nd Sunday of the month (July - October)

    Kurrimine Beach Hall Grounds
    Contact: Helen Walsh T: 0419 687 776 or tjw40@bigpond.com.au