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Cowley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Paronella Park


Everyone has a dream. Jos? Paronella's dream became a reality. On five hectares beside Mena Creek Falls he built his castle, a picnic area by the falls, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and wrapped it up in an amazing range of 7,500 tropical plants and trees. He even harnessed the waterfall for his electricity. Paronella Park opened to the public in 1935.

Today, visitors to the park marvel at the achievements of one man.

Admission to Paronella Park is valid for 24 months and covers both the tours. There is a 45 minute guided walk that explains the extraordinary story and takes you through the highlights of the park, as well as the stunning Darkness Falls Tour where the castles and waterfall are flood-lit to allow for amazing photo opportunities.

Admission also includes the souvenir guide book, fish food, umbrellas, access to the online photo gallery, as well as a site for one night in the adjacent van park.




Japoonvale Road,
Old Bruce Highway
Mena Creek, QLD, 4871

Located 10.9K from Cowley

Australian Sugar Heritage Centre


The Australian Sugar Heritage Centre opened in 1977 and is a modern complex covering some 14,000 square. It houses The Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Cassowary Coast Region Art Gallery, Mourilyan Caf?, Post Office, Conference Room and Canegrowers Office. The Museum's collection comprises of contemporary and historical photographs, books, documents, domestic objects and artefacts related to Australia's sugar industry. Historic tractors, locomotives, harvesters, implements and a working model of a 500 horse power driven crushing engine are on permanent display.

Many static displays depict the history of the sugar industry, including South Sea Islander involvement, a Cane Barracks replica, Stables, a Blacksmith Shop and the manufacturing of sugar.

The professionally equipped 50 seat theatre features an audio visual presentation of the Sugar Industry. Examine the pioneering methods and processes on informative audio/visual displays throughout the Museum.

General, Education and Special Interest Group tours are given on request please call them for details.




18 - 24 Bruce Highway
Mourilyan, QLD, 4858

Located 11.2K from Cowley

Lit Sing Gung Chinese Temple, Innisfail


The bright coloured Chinese temple in Owen Street will attract your attention and draw you in to explore its interior. The temple was designed by Cairns architect Edwin Orchard, and completed in January 1941. The trustees were Johnstone See Poy and A C Marwick. It replaced an earlier temple that had been located on the corner of Edith and Owen Streets, established by Tom See Poy.

Like many of Innisfail's early buildings, it was substantially damaged by the cyclone of March 1918. The Chinese community rebuilt it later that year as a place of worship and reflection to deities of the Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist traditions.

It served as accommodation for elderly Chinese men who had failed to make their fortune on the gold fields, and could not return home empty-handed. Chinese New Year and Moon festivals were celebrated there with dragon parades and fireworks. Accommodation in the old temple was sub-standard and the new one was designed to include quality accommodation.

This space now houses a museum featuring items from Dora See Poy's personal collection, including photographs, clothes and original shop fittings from the family's successful mercantile store. The temple and museum are open to visitors daily.




8 Owen Street
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 17.6K from Cowley

Licuala State Forest


Licuala State Forest boasts several enjoyable walking tracks. Enjoy the native wildlife of the area as you walk around the forestand the Ulysses butterfly, cassowaries and green tree frogs. Be sure to look upwards to enjoy the sunlight shining through the beautiful palm leavesand it's truly remarkable! The Licuala Fan Palm is native to the area and has the majority of the fan palm trees in all of Australia.

Children are catered for in the forestand they can even follow cassowary footprints to a nest full of eggs on the children's walk! Licuala State Forest is a beautiful place to appreciate the beauty of nature.




Porter Promenade
Mission Beach, QLD, 4852

Located 21.1K from Cowley

Cowley: Events

The Feast of the Three Saints


The Feast of the Three Saints is held at St Johns Parish School in Silkwood every year. Silkwood is a short 25 minute drive South from Innisfail

The Feast is held annually on the first Sunday in May, to celebrate and Commemorate the lives of three brothers, Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino, who were martryed for their Christian beliefs.

Sunday will see a 10.00am concelebrated Italian Mass with visiting Italian and local priests, a Solemn Procession through Silkwood at 2.00pm and an English concelebrated Mass immediately following , for the Blessing and Veneration of the relics of the Three Saints.

Other festivities include a barbecue, with traditional Italian food, stalls and entertainment and, of course, at 7.00 p.m. will herald the lighting of the night skies with a brilliant fireworks display.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The day is a celebration of the cultural significance and contribution of the Italian heritage to the Australian way of life, by its food, music and customs.

It attracts around 4,000 people on the day and is the largest Religious / Cultural Festival of its kind held in Australia


Event Dates
2018
      6th May


Harold Street
Silkwood, QLD, 4856

Located 8.2K from Cowley

Cars and Coffee Mena Creek


Cars and Coffee at the Mena Creek Hotel on the second Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome - Classic Cars, New Cars, Motorbikes, Trucks - whatever type of motoring you are interested in, they'd love to catch up with you at the best Cars and Coffee venue in North Queensland.

Join them for the Mena Creek Hotel Sunday Lunch Special.
Show off your 8-Ball skills - Sunday pool is free at the Mena Creek Hotel.


Event Dates
2017
      10th Dec
2018
      14th Jan
      11th Feb
      11th Mar
      8th Apr
      13th May
      10th Jun
      8th Jul


1 Mena Creek Road
Mena Creek, QLD, 4871

Located 10.8K from Cowley

Feast of the Senses Festival


The Feast of the Senses is North Queensland premier tropical food event! Showcasing their amazing variety of exotic tropical fruits, produce, seafoods and meats it is like no other festival in Australia and is truly a feast for all of your senses!

Tropical produce is the hero of the festival and over the six day program visitors will be able to see, touch, taste, and smell the amazing fruit and food that comes from this vibrant region. The festival runs from 22 March to 27 March 2018.

Held in March each year the program incorporates food events, farm trails, cooking competitions and culminates in a huge market day extravaganza showcasing all the local produce.

Market Day is held in the centre of Innisfail's Central Business District one of the best collections of art deco architecture in Australia and surrounded by rivers, reef and rainforest.

The Feast of the Senses is now the Guinness World Records Holder for the World's Longest Banana Split recorded at 8040 metres. They know a thing or two about bananas.


Event Dates
2018
      22nd Mar
      23rd Mar
      24th Mar
      25th Mar
      25th Mar
      25th Mar
      26th Mar
      27th Mar


Cnr Edith and Rankin Streets
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 17.7K from Cowley

Innisfail Art Deco Tours


Join them on a free 30 minute tour of the Art Deco inspired Innisfail Shire Hall!

The Innisfail Shire Hall is the jewel in the crown, of the Art Deco Capital of Australia - Innisfail.

It was built to provide jobs as part of an employment relief scheme instigated by the Queensland Government during the great depression of the 1930's

It was in this climate that the Johnstone Shire Council erected the Shire Hall which has dominated the Innisfail Skyline for over 70 years. The Shire Hall was built by Peter and William Van Leeuwin who built many other buildings in the town which are still standing today.

When it was opened it was said to rival any Hall built in Sydney.

After extensive damage in Cyclone Larry the Hall was modernised but kept its Art Deco features to bring it to modern day standards.


Event Dates
2017
      28th Nov
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2018
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70 Rankin Street,
Number 70
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 17.9K from Cowley

Mission Beach Markets


The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach. They run from 7am until 12noon, and are held on the first and third Sunday of each month all year round.

There are 75 stall sites and stall-holders sell a wide range of goods - fruit and veg, takeaway food, plants, clothing, jewellery, books, second hand items, and lots of different craft items, plus more.


Event Dates
2017
      3rd Dec
      17th Dec
2018
      7th Jan
      21st Jan
      4th Feb
      18th Feb
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      16th Dec


Porter Promenade,
Day Park
Mission Beach, QLD, 4852

Located 21.1K from Cowley

Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival


The Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival is a celebration of nature, focusing on the cassowary and the community. It will be held in conjunction with the Rotary Sunday village market and continue throughout the afternoon. A beachside marquee and stage will host guest speakers, live music, performances, competitions and more. Being held at the beginning of the tourist season, the event is expected to attract a big audience, including celebrities, politicians and national media. Please see their website, facebook page and the attached flyer for more details on the event.

Groups or individuals working with the natural environment, particularly wildlife, are invited to set up a display under a large shared covered area or you may bring your own marquee. It will be a great chance to share knowledge and promote your organisation and the conservation work you do.

There is no fee to participate. Display holders may offer items for sale on condition they promote ecologically sustainable wildlife tourism and/or wildlife protection and, preferably, items are made or produced by the display holder.


Event Dates
2018
      9th Jun
      10th Jun


Porter Promenade
Mission Beach, QLD, 4852

Located 21.1K from Cowley

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