Mt Tip Tree
Mt Bartle Frere
Mt DanbulanMt McGann
Circle View Mountain
Mt Boolbun South
Mt HurfordWoods Peak
Mt St Michael
Mt Round Mtn
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Frankland Island Group
Barnard Island Group
Goold IslandBrook Islands
Great Palm Island
Cape Bowling Green
Bowling Green Bay
Family Group Islands
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Tully FallsNational Park
Blue Water SpringsRoadhouse
Mt Garnet Innot HotSprings
The Lynd Junction
Bartle Frere Miriwinni
Flying Fish Point
Bingil BayKurrimine Beach
Millaa MillaaMillaa MillaaRavenshoe
MAGNETIC ISLAND NP
GREAT BASALT WALL
MOUNT COOK NP
Edmund KennedyGirramay National
ParkGirringun National Park
Russell River National Park
Russell River National Park
Ella Bay National Park
North West Reef
Flora ReefNoggin Reef
Hall Thompson Reef
Taylor CayBeaver Reef
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World Heritage Nat. Parks
Major TownPlaces of Interest
The Great Green Way / Bruce Hwy
Stay & ExploreWelcome, you will love the North Queensland
Tropical Coast. This region between Townsville & Cairns is a
place of great beauty, boasting exhilarating natural experiences,
friendly people and the space to be alone.
Featuring two world heritage listed areas, the Wet Tropics and
the Great Barrier Reef.
Take the time to Explore the Tropical Coast, spend at least a
week to truly immerse yourself in the diversity of this magnificent
region that is Designed by nature.
Advice for TravellersThe Tropical Coast is safe and easy to
navigate, but it always pays to seek local advice when
Weather: Check weather conditions with the Bureau of Meteorology
at www.bom.gov.au or by phoning (07) 4035 9777.
Animals: The endangered southern cassowary can be dangerous so
do not feed or approach them. Crocodiles inhabit coastal rivers,
waters and wetlands. Seek local advice on where it is safe to
Road Safety:Always drive on the left side of the road.
Speed limits are 40-50km/hour in residential areas, 60-80
km/hour in built-up areas and the entry to most towns, while the
maximum limit is 100km/hour where signposted on the open road.
Do not cross double lines, and stay in the left lane at all
times unless overtaking.
Be aware of following vehicles. If stopping, pull off the road.
Assume that verge areas may be boggy after rain.
Check road conditions at www.131940.qld.gov.au or by phoning 131
Emergencies:Call Triple Zero (000) from a land line or (112)
from a mobile phone. For non-urgent incidents contact Policelink on
C Tropical Coast Tourism Inc. 2013. For more information email
[email protected] R Registered Trademark of
Tropical Coast Tourism. ABN 31 437 851 458
The Wet Tropics Management Authority protects, conserves and
promotessustainable use of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
through strong partnerships with community, industry and Rainforest
Aboriginal people for the enrichment of all.
To discover more about the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Tropical Coast North Queenslandwww.TropicalCoastTourism.com
Accredited Information Centre
VISITOR INFORMATIONIngham 4776-4792Tyto Centre Bruce Hwy Sth.
Cardwell 4066-2412Heritage CentreBruce Hwy Nth. Tully
4068-2288Heritage Centre Bruce Hwy Sth.
Mission Beach 4068-7099Wet Tropics Centre Porter Promenade
Innisfail 0428 228 962I-vanBruce Hwy Nth Babinda 4067-1008Bruce
DRIVE TIMESFrom To Km’s
Time (approx. minutes)
Townsville Crystal Creek (turn off)
Ingham 40 25
Ingham Wallaman Falls 65 60
Ingham Cardwell 53 45
Cardwell Kennedy 11 10
Kennedy Tully 32 30
Tully El Arish 16 15
Tully Mission Beach 28 25
El Arish Mission Beach 16 15
El Arish Silkwood 8 10
Silkwood Kurrimine Beach 10 10
Silkwood Mena Creek 24 30
Mena Creek Innisfail 18 25
Silkwood Mourilyan 20 15
Mourilyan Innisfail 7 10
Innisfail Flying Fish Point 8 10
Innisfail Babinda 29 25
Babinda Bramston Beach 24 20
Babinda Gordonvale 35 30
Gordonvale Cairns 24 30
Tropical Coast North Queenslandwww.drivenorthqueensland
Events: V8 Supercars, various music and cultural events.
Travelling north: Paluma Push mountain bike challenge, Rollingstone
Pineapple Festival. Swim Spots: Try the rock pool on The Strand or
Riverway. Travelling north: Rollingstone Creek, Crystal Creek rock
slides, Balgal Beach (Nov-May). Taste: Frosty Mango’s for homemade
fresh tropical fruit ice cream.
FAST FACTS: Townsville 4810 | Townsville City Council
HISTORICAL FACT: 1896, 1st Japanese consulate in Australia, 4000
Japanese sugar cane workers. LOCAL INTERESTS: All sports, rugby
league (North Queensland Cowboys), sailing, fishing and boating,
rodeo, surf lifesaving, golf & basketball. FAMOUS FOR: Where
the Outback meets the Coral Sea.
Townsville - North
Events: Australian Italian Festival, Sugar City Rodeo, Maraka
Festival, Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic, Herbert River Show, Car
Show & Shine. Swim Spots: Town swimming pool. Lucinda, Taylors
Beach & Forrest Beach all have stinger resistant nets. Swimming
holes in the region’s national parks. Taste: Indulge in Italian
fare from local delicatessens. Authentic local pasta. Try a local
steak or fresh seafood.
FAST FACTS: Ingham 4850 | Hinchinbrook Shire Council
HISTORICAL FACT: Lucinda Sugar Jetty, at nearly 6km long is the
longest in the southern hemisphere. LOCAL INTERESTS: Rugby league,
soccer, squash, fishing & golf are some popular interests.
FAMOUS FOR: Wallaman Falls, at 268m, is the highest single drop
waterfall in Australia.
Events: Feast of the Three Saints Silkwood. Bush Poets Breakfast
Mena Creek, Community Night Markets 3rd Friday of the month
Kurrimine Beach. Swim Spots: Kurrimine Beach and Etty Bay. Taste:
Local Wines and Liquors, Chocolate & Honey.
FAST FACTS: 6 Villages | 52 kilometres | Beach - Hinterland
HISTORICAL FACT: Old Bruce Highway and popular respite stop for
American and Aussie troops in World War 2. LOCAL INTERESTS: Live
music, bush poetry, local markets, horse sports, mountain hiking
and biking, camping & waterfall picnics. FAMOUS FOR: Known as
the Greatest Detour in the North. José Paronella – building his
dream in the Rainforest.
Events: Barra Bonanza (Oct), various golf, bowls, biking &
other fishing events. UFO Festival in May & Sacred Moon
Festival in August. Swim Spots: Town pool complex; Forest drive spa
pool & creeks; Five Mile Creek swimming hole. Taste: Mud crab
sandwiches, Cardwell pies & local Crystal Bay prawns.
FAST FACTS: Cardwell 4849 | Cassowary Coast Regional Council
HISTORICAL FACT: Est 1864, originally named Port Hinchinbrook.
LOCAL INTERESTS: Fishing, golf, mountain biking, bowls, swimming
holes, hiking trails, 4.7km waterfront walkway, Historical
Precinct, plus Hinchinbrook Island transfers & day tours.
FAMOUS FOR: Australia’s largest Island National Park, Hinchinbrook
Island & Thorsborne Trail.
Events: Feast of the senses (Mar), Innisfail Billfish Tournament
(Sep), Horse Racing - Annuals (Oct), Innisfail Show, Concerts &
Major Art competitions. Swim Spots: Town Pool, Warrina Lakes pool,
Polly’s Creek (north of town), Henrietta Creek (Palmerston
Highway), Etty Bay. Taste: Tropical fruits from shops and road side
stalls. You must have a local banana! Local fresh caught seafood.
Local vanilla and local coffee.
FAST FACTS: Innisfail 4860 | Cassowary Coast Regional
HISTORICAL FACT: Est 1879 originally named Geraldton, Innisfail
was renamed at a public meeting in 1910 after a ship confused towns
and travelled to Geraldton WA. LOCAL INTERESTS: A famous rugby
league town, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, Josephine Falls, Ella
Bay, cricket, skydiving, fishing, hunting, outrigger canoeing,
horse racing. FAMOUS FOR: Art deco buildings, built after the
cyclone in 1918 which destroyed almost every building in town.
Events: Tully Show - the best little show in Qld. Camp Drafting,
Rodeo, Christmas Street party, Skydiving, Rafting, Biking &
Golf events. Swim Spots: Town Pool. Locals swim at Alligators Nest
(no wild animals!) & Tully Gorge. Taste: 90 per cent of
Australia’s bananas are produced in the Tully/Innisfail area. Also
watermelons and papaws and other exotic tropical fruits.
FAST FACTS: Tully 4854 | Cassowary Coast Regional Council
HISTORICAL FACT: In 1935, a hydro electric power station was
built in the Tully Gorge which is a major provider of electricity
for the cities of Cairns and Townsville. LOCAL INTERESTS: Rugby
League (home of the Tully Tigers), golf, bowls, fishing, horse and
trail bike riding, white water rafting, kayaking, Aboriginal
Culture. FAMOUS FOR: The Giant Golden Gumboot, a monument to the
record breaking rains of 1950, when 7.9 metres of rainfall made it
the wettest town in Australia, Tully Mill Tours.
Events: The Babinda Harvest Festival & The Feast of Saint
Rita. Swim Spots: Town pool, The Boulders, Babinda Creek, Howard
Kennedy Drive, Bramston Beach, Josephine Falls & Harvey Creek
(Hwy North). Taste: An icy cold beer from a government-built
FAST FACTS: Babinda 4861 | Cairns Regional Council
HISTORICAL FACT: Officially Australia’s wettest town. LOCAL
INTERESTS: Fishing, golf, lawn bowls, touch football, kayaking,
hunting, paintballing, junior rugby league & swimming. FAMOUS
FOR: The only hotel in Queensland ever (1917) constructed by the
Events: Banana Festival, Ona Mission Multisport Adventure
weekend, Beach Run Half Marathon, Surf Carnival, Sailing Regatta.
Swim Spots: Beaches and swim nets at South and North Mission
beaches in season. Lacey Creek on road to El Arish. Taste: Local
Spanish mackerel, local Bingil Bay Beef, local exotic fruits.
FAST FACTS: Mission Beach 4852 | Cassowary Coast Regional
HISTORICAL FACT: Australia’s first tea plantation was developed
at Bingil Bay. LOCAL INTERESTS: Tennis, cricket, futsul, golf at El
Arish & Tully, fishing, sailing, surf lifesaving, cycling,
pentangue, outrigger canoeing, kayaking & blokarts. FAMOUS FOR:
Dunk Island, Saving the Great Barrier Reef, Skydiving with beach
landings, and the endangered southern cassowary – Australia’s
largest rainforest bird.
Events: Cairns Ironman & Adventure Festival, RRR and Croc
Trophy Mountain Bike races, Pyramid race, Cairns Show & Cairns
Amateurs - Horseracing Carnival. Swim Spots: Harvey Creek at
Bellenden Ker, Aloomba (Behana Creek ), Mulgrave River at
Goldsborough Valley, The Esplanade Lagoon- Cairns. Taste: Seafood
fresh from the Coral Sea.
FAST FACTS: Cairns 4870 | Cairns City Council
HISTORICAL FACT: Set up as a port to service the northern gold
rush. LOCAL INTERESTS: A modern city, all sports and a diversity of
leisure interests are catered for. FAMOUS FOR: International
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and The Great Green Way.
Cairns - South
For more information visit:tropicalcoasttourism.com.au
Events: Kurrimine Beach Fishing Competition, Classic Car Show,
Night Markets. Swim Spots: Kurrimine Beach (nets in season), Water
Park & local waterholes. Taste: Tropical Fruit Wines, freshly
caught fish and the famous King Reef Cray.
FAST FACTS: Kurrimine Beach 4871 |
HISTORICAL FACT: Originally named Murdering Point in reference
to the fate of shipwrecked survivors who were eaten by local
Aboriginal people. LOCAL INTERESTS: Fishing, spearfishing,
snorkelling/diving, archery, rifle range and horseriding on the
beach. FAMOUS FOR: Walk to the Reef and Tractors - finest
collection of old tractors still used to launch fishing boats.
Kurrimine Beach Cassowary Coast Regional Council