Lit Sing Gung Chinese Temple, Innisfail

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area

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, Cassowary Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

Find what's nearby

Displaying 1-3 of 3
Sort by:
Show:

Lake Wabby

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Lake Wabby is relatively close to the ocean side of Fraser Island and unlike the other lakes, it supports several varieties of fish. It is known as both a window lake and a barrage lake. Window lakes form when the ground level falls below the water table.

Lake McKenzie

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, but the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie makes it probably the most visited natural site on the island. It is a ‘perched’ lake, which means it contains only rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean.

Eurong

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
With the magnificent 75 Mile Beach as its main road, Eurong, on World-Heritage listed Fraser Island is an idyllic destination for four wheel drive enthusiasts, nature lovers, beach bums and adventure seekers of all kinds.
No Results Message
Displaying 1-3 of 3
Sort by:
Show:

Explore the region