Sometimes referred to as "Little Italy", over half the township's population is of Italian descent. Settled in 1864, Ingham is the heart of the local sugarcane industry, where many Italian migrants came to work, and has one of the largest sugar mills in Australia. Birthplace of the 13th Prime Minister of Australia, Arthur Fadden, it is 110 kilometres north of Townsville in the Hinchinbrook Shire and on the North Coast railway line. Heritage listed sites include the local Court House, 5 Lynch Street and the Gairloch Bridge. The annual Australian-Italian Festival in August brings thousands of visitors to the town to enjoy Italian wine, cuisine, music and culture.
With a tropical monsoon climate, Ingham has high annual rainfall and is the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage-listed rainforests of tropical North Queensland. Wallaman Falls, Australia's highest permanent sheer drop waterfall, is located about 50kms south west of Ingham in the Girringun National Park. A little way further north of the town is pristine Hinchinbrook Island, a nature lover's paradise. The region includes many recreational National Parks and State Forests with some of the oldest rainforests on earth and many endangered plants and animals. Keep an eye out for the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly and the rare and ancient cassowary bird. Enjoy exploring in the cooler months from April to September.
Visit the Tyto Wetlands and Information Centre, just south of the township, where they showcase the birdlife and natural attractions of the region. Walk through the Wetlands and try and spot some of the more than 230 different bird species, including the Eastern Grass Owl. Enjoy an early morning or late afternoon walk when hundreds of Agile Wallabies come out to graze.
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