INGHAM – NORTH QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
Ingham – North Queensland Australia is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.
Ingham lies on the south bank of the Herbert River and is set in an area of sugar cane, bordered by waterfalls and adjacent the magnificent Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Channel.
Hinchinbrook Island is a unique world heritage, pristine wilderness and is the world’s largest Island National Park. It is thought of as the jewel of Queensland national parks.
Beaches in the Hinchinbrook Shire
The Hinchinbrook Region has beautiful beaches including Lucinda, Forrest Beach and Taylors Beach.
Wallaman Falls, the longest single drop waterfall in Australia.
Fishing in Hinchinbrook
The Hinchinbrook Shire has some of the best fishing spots in Queensland.
The Hinchinbrook Shire is a bird watchers Paradise.
National Parks and Rainforests
Girringun National Park
Hinchinbrook Island National Park
Paluma National Park
Orpheus Island National Park
Abergowrie State Forest
Located only 800 metres from Ingham’s town centre is The Tyto Wetlands, one of Australia’s largest urban wetland rehabilitation projects. Tyto Wetlands is not only a carefully preserved natural environment with integrating lagoons, raised walkways, viewing tower, walking tracks and native flora, but also has over 230 species of birds.
The Original “Pub With No Beer”
In Ingham’s Main Street is the Original “Pub with No Beer”, the poem penned by local poet Dan Sheahan in this Pub (Day Dawn Hotel) after he rode into town one morning in 1943 to have a nice cold beer only to discovered that a convoy of American serviceman had come through the previous day and drunk the Pub dry! The poem was later turned into the song made famous by Slim Dusty. The Pub is now named Lee’s Hotel Motel.
Australian Italian Festival
The Australian Italian Festival is held annually in Ingham. It has been estimated that over half of Ingham’s population has one or more Italian ancestors making it the ideal place to hold this event. It is a celebration of all things Italian – food, wine, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and much more.
Mungalla Aboriginal Tours
Also located in Ingham are Mungalla Aboriginal Tours, Winners of the Bronze Medal at the Australian Tourism Awards for Indigenous Tourism in 2012.
Rotary Park in the centre of town has a large grassed area, big shady trees and children’s shaded, fenced play area.
Boutiques and Shops
Ingham has some great Boutiques and Shops especially if you are looking for something different.
For more information about things to see and do and where to stay in Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire visit the Tyto Wetlands Information Centre, located 500m South of Ingham on the Bruce Highway.
Their friendly staff and volunteers will share their expert knowledge of Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire and will have brochures, along with a fantastic array of interpretive displays where visitors can push buttons, press screens, view a 25 min documentary on the Sugar Industry in Hinchinbrook, click here to see the trailer, play games and generally have a great time while learning about the environment and our beautifully unique part of Australia.