Tully is a small but busy rural centre, being the heart of the rural
area that it supports. Like Babinda, Tully gets a lot of rain so
the most noticeable feature of the area is the dense, green vegetation.
There are plenty of shops and some excellent restaurants in Tully
as well as plenty of scenic areas to visit within a short distance
from closest major city
Approximately 180 km south of Cairns on the Bruce Highway (Highway
Tully, originally known as Banyan, was first settled in the 1870's
as a sugar cane and cattle farming town. In 1927 the name was changed
to Tully after William Tully, a surveyor. In 1935 the Tully River
was dammed to supply hydroelectricity, which it still provides to
Cairns and Townsville today.
of the town
Tully receives over 4134 mm of rain per year making it the wettest
place in Australia. It is nestled between Mt Mackay and Mt Tyson
and as you would expect it is very green. Tully is the administrative
hub for the Cardwell Shire, making it a busy town. There is a distinctly
rural feeling to Tully with fresh baked cakes and pies and shops
filled with local produce.
The Tully Sugar Mill is an interesting place to look around and
get a feel for the main industry in North Queensland. Alligators
Nest is a beautiful freshwater swimming hole and picnic area and
contrary to the name it is safe to swim. The Violet Smith Park in
the middle of town is a peaceful place to sit back and enjoy a coffee.
The Tully Gorge is also a popular tourist destination particularly
with white water rafters.
A visit to Murray Falls, 18km south of Tully is a good way to cool
off. There are gentle waterfalls, swimming holes and picnic and
BBQ facilities. Tully is the place to go white water rafting, however
rafting trips can easily be arranged from anywhere in North Queensland.
» Visit Tours To Go’s range of Tully tours
Tully does not have a lot of accommodation but there is a backpackers,
a motel, two caravan parks, several motels and of course you can
stay at the pub (which was recently damaged by fire but has undergone
Tully has all of the major services including banking, shopping,
medical, chemist, mechanical, beauty and legal.
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