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South Johnstone

South Johnstone is a delightful little town 11km south-west of Innisfail. While the tourism bandwagon rolls on all around, South Johnstone, with its old world charm, is a town where time has stood still - just the place to ease off the throttle and recharge the batteries in preparation for the next round on the sightseeing trail.

You'll find the Australian Sugar Industry Museum in nearby Mourilyan and while you are in this neighbourhood take the trouble to drive on to Mourilyan Harbour - the chief port for the export of local sugar products where the natural harbour is framed in a most dramatic setting.

Dramatic, too, is the sight of the Wallaman Falls as the water from Stony Creek tumbles 305 metres down a vertical rock gorge into the Herbert River. This is believed to be the longest sheer drop of any Australian waterfall.

The access road meanders through dense, scenic forest to a lookout positioned above the falls. There is a trail to the bottom of the gorge, but rangers request that all visitors keep to the confines of the defined walking track to prevent erosion.

South Johnstone: 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 5.3K from South Johnstone

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 7.2K from South Johnstone

Mamu Tropical Skywalk


The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a spectacular walk through the canopy of World Heritage rainforest. It is an iconic tourist attraction in the heart of the Wet Tropics. With a 350 metre long elevated walkway through the canopy, a cantilever, a 37 metre observation tower and more than 1200 metres of walking tracks, this attraction is a must do for anyone visiting the region.

The cantilever provides tantalising views over the North Johnstone river gorge. The 37 metre observation tower emerges high above the canopy, offering sweeping views over a pristine rainforest-clad mountainous landscape, homeland of the Mamu Aboriginal people.

Located within Wooroonooran National Park, the attraction was built in natural clearings in the rainforest caused by cyclone Larry in March 2006 and constructed from durable unpainted galvanised steel and recycled plastic. It is located close to other National Park walking tracks and picnic areas, making a day visit to the area, armed with a picnic hamper and walking shoes, a must-do experience!




Palmerston Highway
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 20.9K from South Johnstone

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 21.1K from South Johnstone

South Johnstone: Events

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 5.5K from South Johnstone

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.


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2018
      11th Nov
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1 Mena Creek Road
Mena Creek, QLD, 4871

Located 7.5K from South Johnstone

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
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Cnr Edith and Rankin Streets
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 9.1K from South Johnstone

Tour de Cassowary - Classic Car Tour


A tour for Classic Cars and Motorcycles over 30 years old.

The 'Tour de Cassowary' starts in Innisfail and travels to Kurrimine Beach, Mission Beach, Mena Creek, finishing in Innisfail for presentations.

Cars can been seen on the road and at each of their destinations around the Cassowary Coast throughout the day.




70 Rankin Street
Innisfail, QLD, 4860

Located 9.2K from South Johnstone

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
2019
      6th May


Harold Street
Silkwood, QLD, 4856

Located 15.5K from South Johnstone

King Reef Twilight Markets


Come along to the Twilight markets on the beachfront, held every third Friday of the month. You will find local arts and crafts, condiments, natural products, plants jewellery and bric a brac.

It runs from 5pm to 9pm.
It is held at King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach.


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2018
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75 Jacobs Road
Kurrimine Beach, QLD, 4871

Located 23.3K from South Johnstone

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