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Mourilyan: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 0.1K from Mourilyan

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 6.3K from Mourilyan

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 12.0K from Mourilyan

Eubenangee Swamp National Park

Eubenangee Swamp, an important wetland in the coastal lowlands between Ingham and Cairns, is a birdwatchers' paradise. Over 190 species of birds have been recorded here.

Sitting below the Bellenden Ker Range (the wettest part of Australia), much of this park is flooded during the wet season.

As well as being a significant habitat for waterbirds, and crocodiles, the park also protects some of the last remnants of various lowland vegetation types.

Stroll along the 1.5 kilometre return walking track that follows the Alice River, through rainforest to the top of a grassy hill and enjoy views of Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker, Queensland's two highest peaks, as well as the swamp and its many waterbirds. Remember to be croc wise.

Image credits: Qld Govt.

Cartwright Road
Babinda, QLD, 4861

Located 20.1K from Mourilyan

Mourilyan: Events

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.

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      22nd Mar
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Cnr Edith and Rankin Streets
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 6.4K from Mourilyan

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.

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70 Rankin Street,
Number 70
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 6.6K from Mourilyan

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
      8th Apr
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1 Mena Creek Road
Mena Creek, QLD, 4871

Located 12.2K from Mourilyan

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
      6th May

Harold Street
Silkwood, QLD, 4856

Located 17.8K from Mourilyan

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!

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Robert Johnstone Parade
Kurrimine Beach, QLD, 4871

Located 22.9K from Mourilyan

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