Innisfail

Innisfail is located 89km southeast of Cairns. It is here where the North and South Johnstone Rivers meet, descending from the Atherton Tablelands. The rural townsite is in the heart of sugarcane country offering coastal beaches close by.

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The Fitzgerald Esplanade beside the Johnstone Rivers offers a lovely park setting to relax in town. The large grass area has picnic shelters, free barbeques, playground and a fish ‘n’ chip van often frequents here which is perfect for an easy meal by the river. Commemorative memorials stand here in honour of the sugar industry founders and pioneers.

innisfail-flying-fish-point Coastal points of interest in the area can be accessed via Flying Fish Point Road east of town. About 7km along is Flying Fish Point which is where the Johnstone River meets the Coral Sea. A pet friendly caravan park is situated across from the beach and fishing the river mouth is popular here. The Johnstone River Crocodile Park is also along Flying Fish Point Road and is open daily from 8.30am.

A few km past the point is Ella Bay. This is a more secluded beach bordered by rainforest. Dogs are prohibited here due to the presence of Cassowaries in the forest. Pet owners can exercise their animals on the beach 1km south of Ella Bay.

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South of town is the beautiful Etty Bay. This pristine beach fringed by rainforest is family oriented with a small caravan park directly across from the bay. Cassowaries are commonly seen here so have your cameras ready but do not approach these unpredictable birds. Dogs are prohibited.
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Mourilyan Harbour lies just south of Etty Bay and is the local sugar port. A boat ramp is located here and fishing the mouth of the South Johnstone River and from the rocks is popular.

Innisfail and its rivers and nearby beaches offer plenty of fishing ground and better yet the Johnstone Shire Fish Stocking Society stocks Barramundi in the North and South Johnstone Rivers, Liverpool Creek and Mourilyan Harbour. You’d just have to wet a line in Innisfail.

Take note there is a fabulous free camp 29km southwest of town beside Upper Liverpool Creek at Japoonvale, via South Johnstone. Space is limited so first in best dressed. Scenery, grass, shade, swimming, toilets and dogs allowed, what more could you ask for in a freebie.

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Alternatively, there is also Kurrimine Beach which is situated 30km south of town, slightly north of Bingil Bay and Mission Beach. This quiet coastal location is suitable for the holiday maker seeking some peace and tranquility on a less frequented beach along the Cassowary Coast. The small beach community operates a council caravan park and camping ground on the foreshore. Tarriffs range from $12.50 per night and $77 per week unpowered (with no hot water), $15 per night and $94 per week unpowered (hot water), $18 per night and $123 per week powered. There is no length of stay restriction and dogs are welcome. A boat ramp is located off Illich St and launching is into a creek. Kurrimine Beach offers basic grocery items and has a café, pub and bottle shop.

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