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Ingham

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.

Ingham
Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Queensland
Australia

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Palm Tree Caravan Park

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25.00 - 95.00
Clean budget accommodation. Self-contained units/cabins available for overnight or longer term weekly stays. Units are self-contained with kitchen/cooking facilities, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, etc provided, split-system air conditioning, ceiling fans, flatscreen television/DVD, all linen provided. Sorry no pets in units. Spacious shady drive-through caravan and camping sites, powered or unpowered. Clean amenities, hot showers, modern well equipped camp kitchen with free barbecues and television, coin laundry, free WIFI for short term guests, dump point, large saltwater pool, kiosk selling ice, cold drinks, ice-creams, basic groceries. Most pets welcome in sites.

Noorla Heritage Resort

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
From AU$22.00 - 179.00
The Noorla Heritage Resort is a grand award winning Italian art deco villa built on two acres in 1926. Situated between Townsville and Cairns, this multi Australian Tourism Awards winner has been beautifully restored and features extensive gardens, wide verandahs, restaurant, 18 heritage bedrooms, heritage cottage, camping, antiques throughout, tropical breakfasts, three function/conference/training rooms and business facilities, children's play area, swimming pool and internet cafe. It is the perfect location for conferences and training events as well as health and personal development retreats with their on site psychologist and health staff. The Noorla Heritage Resort is only 30 minutes away from the highest waterfall in the southern hemisphere, 15 minutes to Australia's World Heritage rainforest, 30 minutes to Hinchinbrook Island, 30 minutes to access the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island and 20 minutes to the eight kilometres of white sandy beach at Forrest Beach. Five minutes to Australia's largest urban wetland rehabilitation project Tyto wetlands.

Lees Hotel "The Original Pub With No Beer"

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$75.00 - 190.00
The Motel accommodation is part of the Iconic Lees Hotel made famous by Slim Dusty with Australians very first worldwide number one hit "The Pub With No Beer" (and they haven't run out of beer since). In 2005, the Hotel became the only Heritage Listed Iconic hotel in Queensland. Lees Motel Hotel has been extensively refurbished in 2011, including the free WiFi system. Visitors include the Governor of Queensland in 2007 and the American Ambassador in 2010. Lees is listed as a destination in the Lonely Planet guidebook. In April 2013 the 70th anniversary of the Pub With No Beer Festival was held and 5,000 people turned up to celebrate. Features include The Original Pub With No Beer Legend with Slim Dusty and Dan Sheahan, Artifacts and memorabilia portraying the early settlement of the pioneers dating back to the 1880s. The permanent Art Exhibition "Icons of Hinchinbrook" and a colonial style restaurant All of the motel room have top of the range Sealy Pillow Top ensembles for absolute comfort, whisper quiet airconditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms have verandahs or are adjacent to courtyards.
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