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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

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
2018
      10th Jun
      8th Jul


1 Mena Creek Road
Mena Creek, QLD, 4871

Located 10.8K from Cowley

Walk to the Reef


King Reef sits only 800 metres off Kurrimine Beach. Yes, only 800 metres! During the winter low tides it is possible to walk out and explore the exposed reef.

Remember the joy of exploring rock pools as a child? Well, this experience is a million times better! You will be amazed by the myriad of marine life. It is a truly unique north Queensland experience and to make it even better it is free, no expensive boat trips! Just bring some reef shoes, be prepared to get wet and take advice from a local!


Event Dates
2018
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Robert Johnstone Parade
Kurrimine Beach, QLD, 4871

Located 12.0K 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
2018
      29th May
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70 Rankin Street,
Number 70
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 16.7K 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 three day program visitors will be able to see, touch, taste, and smell the amazing fruit and food that comes from this vibrant region.

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
2019
      30th Mar
      30th Mar
      31st Mar


Cnr Edith and Rankin Streets
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 17.7K 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
2018
      3rd Jun
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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 weekend of activities with 'Home Grown and Sustainable' theme.

The community, young and old, will celebrate nature by showcasing their talents and creativity through art, music and science.

A beach side marquee and stage will host guest speakers, live music, competitions and performances, including an open mike for anyone with a message about 'Mission Beach Naturally - a Magic Place'.

Stalls will have displays and information from groups or individuals working with the natural environment, particularly wildlife. They will be sharing knowledge about the work they do. The focus is on ecologically sustainable tourism and/or wildlife protection, and products.

Celebrations continue into the evening at the local 'Village Green' with local restaurants and bars continuing the 'theme'.

The weekend festivities will wind down with a Poet's Breakfast held in the park in conjunction with the Rotary Sunday village market.

The colourful creative event including the spectacular 'Drumming of Cassowaries' parade featuring life size cassowary and wildlife sculptures is expected to attract a big audience including celebrities, politicians and national media.

Please see the website, facebook page for more details on the event.


Event Dates
2018
      29th Jun
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Porter Promenade
Mission Beach, QLD, 4852

Located 21.1K from Cowley

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