Innisfail is a bustling smaller city located on the banks of the
Johnstone River. It is picturesque and tranquil and the grassy parklands
lining the river are perfect for a picnic or a pleasant stroll to
stretch the legs after a long drive. Innisfail is having a strong
push to attract tourists and rightly so. It is an attractive town
located in the middle of The "Great Green Way", an area high in
natural beauty. There are also some excellent examples of early
Australian architecture in Innisfail.
on Johnstone River, Innisfail
from closest major city
Approximately 83km south of Cairns on the Bruce Hwy (Highway One)
Innisfail is a substantial country town that has been a "sugar city"
for over a hundred years. Initially named Geraldton in 1882 the
name was changed to Innisfail in 1910, in honour of a local entrepreneur
who had named his farm Innisfail. There has also been a strong Italian
presence in the area as migrants came to work in the cane fields.
In the 1930's there was even a local branch of the mafia known as
the "Black Hand".
of the town
Innisfail is situated at the junction of the North and South Johnstone
Rivers providing a peaceful and scenic atmosphere to the town. There
are fishing trawlers moored along the banks of the river. There
are charming old buildings, beautiful botanical gardens and a definite
multicultural feeling to Innisfail.
Sights include the Shire Hall, the Chinese Joss House and Warrina
Lakes gardens. There is also a Historical Society Museum. The Johnstone
River Crocodile Farm is on the road to Flying Fish Point at the
mouth of the Johnstone River. There is a sugar museum south of Innisfail
at the turn off to Mourilyan Harbour and Paronella Park (a Spanish
ruins) is a short drive from Innisfail.
Tea Plantation, Innisfail
Innisfail is the type of town to spend a day on foot, seeing the
sights, following the river and enjoying the feel of a country town.
The sights listed above are the main attractions.
There is a good range of accommodation. Most is budget style motel
and backpackers and there are a number of good caravan parks in
Innisfail has plenty of cafes and restaurants and in recent years
the larger fast food chains have set up operations.
Innisfail is a reasonably large town that has all of the services
that a traveller requires.