Taroom

The tell-tale sign that you’ve arrived in Taroom is the Steel Wings windmill at the northern entry to town. Manufactured around the turn of the 20th Century, the windmill is a rare commodity, being only one of two known windmills of its type still in working order.

The landmark says a lot about the town. Taroom is steeped in early European history and built on primary industries – first sheep, now cattle and grain.

The region opened up to settlers in the 1840s with the northern exploits of early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. The good doctor took a liking to the place while camped by the Dawson River, carving his initials and year date – LL 1844 – into the bark of a coolabah tree. The initials long since gone – in somewhat controversial circumstances – the tree still stands pride of place in the main street, which is as it happens, the Leichhardt Highway.

A pleasant walk up the hill takes you to Gilbert’s Lookout, named after Leichhardt’s companion who met a violent end here.

Across town in Yaldwyn Street, Leichhardt Park is the site of Leichhardt’s memorial. The park is dedicated to the region’s native flora with weeping bottle brush, flaxleaf paperbark, lemon scented gum, swamp mahogany and bloodwood found throughout the grounds. The exception is a single Aleppo Pine, seeded from Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Taroom, Banana Area
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Innisfail Art Deco Tours

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 December 2017
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.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
17 December 2017
The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach. They run from 7am until 12noon, and are held on the first and third Sunday of each month all year round.

Feast of the Senses Festival

Innisfail, Cassowary Coast Area
22 – 27 March 2018
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!

Yungaburra Triathlon

Yungaburra, Tablelands Area
21 April 2018
Drawing over 500 competitors and 2500 spectators in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the annual event is delivered by Tablelands Regional Council with the assistance of an organising committee made up of local business and community representatives.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 29 April 2018
The Mission Beach Monster market is a local community market run by Rotary Mission Beach. Traditionally this market starts on Easter Sunday and then on the last Sunday of each month up to and including November.

The Feast of the Three Saints

Silkwood, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
6 May 2018
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.

Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
9 – 10 June 2018
The Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival is a celebration of nature, focusing on the cassowary and the community. It will be held in conjunction with the Rotary Sunday village market and continue throughout the afternoon.

Crane Week

Malanda, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
15 – 22 September 2018
Every year, large flocks of stately grey birds gather on the Atherton Tablelands for the winter. Cranes are the subject of myth and legend around the world, they are immortalised in art and photography and are woven into the fabric of ancient cultures.

Mission Beach Aquatic Festival

Wongaling Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
13 October 2018
Mission Beach is brimming with natural landscapes from rainforests to reefs, mountains to beaches and wetlands to islands. A celebration of this destination to all travellers that will enhance what they have to offer.
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