Look out for the ‘Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles’ signage on your next trip and rest easy knowing that your destination is equipped to welcome you and your caravan, camper trailer, motorhome or campervan. This month we are profiling Innisfail.
These towns have made a commitment to offer easily accessible long vehicle short term parking within the town centre and have clear directional signage to their local visitor information centre.
Innisfail is the biggest town in the Cassowary Coast with a population of around 10,000.
The warm tropical climate and annual rainfall ensures the area always looks lush and green, and visitors to the region experience mild winter days with temperatures ranging from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. During the wet season November to April) the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius and the region experiences regular rain.
Innisfail is a great spot to set up camp in order to explore the Cassowary Coast. Experience the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or the World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforests, just some of the beautiful natural attractions in the region.
From Innisfail it is just a short trip to Etty Bay, Flying Fish Point, Cowley Beach and Kurrimine Beach as well as the Wooroonooran National Park which features the Mamu Canopy Walkway and walking trails through the Misty Mountains. Visitors to Innisfail should take the time to visit the historic Spanish-style castle and pleasure gardens, a tropical fruit winery or the sugar industry museum.
Agriculture has been a major economic driver in this region with well established banana, sugar cane and tropical fruit industries. See the lush sugar plantations which flow from the dense rainforest coastline to the thick jungles of the Palmerston National Park to the west.
Aquaculture also plays an important part in the area’s economy with prawns, barramundi and fresh crayfish as well as crocodile farming.
For tea drinkers, the Nucifora Tea Company is a must do. This full bodied smooth black tea is grown outside of Innisfail, as it has been for more than 15 years. This tea is grown without pesticides or herbicides and visitors can take a tour or just sit back and enjoy a cuppa while taking in the sweeping panoramic views of the plantation.
Innisfail is also home to some great festivals each year including Feast of the Senses – North Queensland’s premier Tropical Food Experience!
For more information, please visit the Community Welcomes website.