Ingham is located 240km south of Cairns just 20km inland from the coast. The town is predominantly involved in the sugar refining industry and boasts the largest mill in the Southern Hemisphere, the Victoria Mill. The town’s name is derived from a pioneer cane farmer, William Ingham.
Sugar cane is not only overwhelmingly evident here, but so is the prevalent Italian culture. The early years of the sugar industry attracted a large Italian population and their strong presence still radiates today. A selection of ethnic eateries and stores line the streets and once a year in May the town celebrates its cultural heritage during the Australian-Italian Festival.
Nature lovers will appreciate the Tyto Wetlands at the southern end of town. A series of waterways surrounded by trees attract many species of birdlife and at the right time of year these wetlands are birdwatching heaven.
Just 20km east of town is Forrest Beach. This beautiful beach is the perfect day trip where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the facilities on the gorgeous green foreshore. Dogs are permitted in a designated area.
Ingham is also the gateway to some spectacular waterfalls, the most impressive being Wallaman Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia at 268 metres. Located 49km west of town in Girringun National Park are these magnificent falls. The narrow winding road through world heritage rainforest is not suitable for caravans and note the last 10km is unsealed. A short walk takes you to the falls and gorge lookouts and a 2km walk reaches the base of the falls. Camping is permitted in the designated area 1km from the falls.
Jourama Falls are in Paluma Range National Park just 24km south of town. A 6km drive through the park reaches the falls car park and a 1.5km walk finds the falls. The moderate walk is steep in some sections and entirely worth the effort. The picturesque falls spilling down the jagged rock face is a splendid sight and the woodland walk along Waterview Creek is thoroughly enjoyable. Camping is permitted in the park and toilet, barbeque and picnic facilities are provided.
This area offers both cultural and scenic diversity. Accommodation is readily available however booking ahead for the Australian-Italian Festival is highly recommended. Alternatively there is a roadside free camp with toilets and untreated water at Frances Creek 11km south of town.