Backpacking Innisfail

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    VISIT WOOROONOORAN NATIONAL PARK AND SEE NATURAL ATTRACTIONS SUCH AS JOSEPHINE FALLS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    DISCOVER A VAST VARIETY OF PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE AT PARONELLA PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    THE JOHNSTONE RIVER RUNS THROUGH THE TOWN: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Innisfail Highlights

  • Surrounding the town is a large sugarcane region and other farming areas. There is usually year round casual work available for backpackers.

  • Explore some of the nearby great natural attractions including Eubenangee Swamp National Park, Wooroonooran National Park, Ella Bay National Park and the Kurrimine Beach Conservation Park.

  • Explore some of the rainforest areas by hiking on the Gorrell Track, or head to the MaMu Canopy Walkway, where you can view the rainforest canopy from elevated walkways, a cantilever and an observation tower.

  • Head to the nearby Johnstone River Crocodile Park to see some local wildlife, including getting up close to crocodiles.

  • Discover a vast range of plant and animal life at Paronella Park.

About Innisfail

Population 8,500

Innisfail is one of the few towns in north Queensland to remain relatively untouched by the tourism boom. The town is situated at the junction of the North and South Johnstone Rivers. The town itself has some great Art Deco architecture because most of the town was rebuilt in the 1920's and 1930's as it was devastated by a cyclone in 1918.

Surrounding the town is a large sugarcane region and other farming areas. There is usually year round casual work available for backpackers in these farming areas.

There are some great natural attractions worth checking out in the vicinity, including Eubenangee Swamp National Park, Wooroonooran National Park, Ella Bay National Park and the Kurrimine Beach Conservation Park. If you want to explore some of the rainforest areas you could hike the Gorrell Track, or head to the MaMu Canopy Walkway, where you can view the rainforest canopy from elevated walkways, a cantilever and an observation tower.

If you want to see some local wildlife including cassowaries, wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes, emus, snakes and birds, or to get up close to crocodiles, head to the nearby Johnstone River Crocodile Park.  

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Innisfail Visitor Information Centre

Bruce Highway
Innisfail, Queensland
Phone (07) 4061 2655