Things to do in Innisfail

Our most recommended things to do in Innisfail

Cairns: Paronella, Lake Barrine & Millaa Millaa Falls Tour

1. Cairns: Paronella, Lake Barrine & Millaa Millaa Falls Tour

Departure from Cairns, we head south travelling past Walsh’s Pyramid, one of the largest naturally formed pyramids in the world. Here your guide will stop so you can grab a photo of this unique North Queensland landmark. Now it’s time to travel up the World Heritage-listed Gillies Highway climbing 730 metres above sea level whilst enjoying the breathtaking views over the Goldsborough Valley. Just before the top of the amazing Gillies Range is a short photo opportunity at the Heales Lookout before heading into the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. The first stop is the beautiful World Heritage Listed Lake Barrine Crater Lake National Park. On arrival, your tour guide will take you on a short walk to visit the 1000-year-old Twin Kauri Pines, true giants of the rainforest. Enjoy a Wonderful Devonshire Morning Tea, before we depart and head to the historical town of Yungaburra. This beautiful village is recognised as having the most Nationally Listed Heritage buildings in Queensland. Here your guide will take you on a driving tour around this quaint town showcasing the many Nationally Heritage buildings. Next stop is The Curtain Fig Tree located in the Curtain Fig Tree National Park. This amazing feat of nature reaching 45+ metres up into the tropical rainforest canopy. Here your guide will guide you around on the boardwalk interpreting the amazing formation of this 600-800-year old epiphyte while also looking out for endemic wildlife species in the rainforest canopy, like the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. From here, we will head through the historical dairy town of Malanda, home to Australia’s oldest continuously running commercial picture theatre. Your guide will drive you around this charming town showcasing the beautiful old pub & theatre. Travelling through extensive beef, dairy, sugar cane & other diverse types of farming areas, we arrive at Millaa Millaa Falls – one of Australia’s most photographed waterfalls. Here you will have an option of swimming under the cool waters falling 20 metres over an ancient volcanic lava flow formed over 1 million years ago or you can sit back, relax & enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Now it’s time to descend from the mountains down the Palmerstone Highway through sugar cane & banana fields to the coastal town of Innisfail, where we enjoy our delicious Lunch. Paronella Park is the next destination with a 45-minute guided tour in English, Chinese or Japanese. The tour will guide you through the extensive National Trust Gardens while learning the rich history of Hose Paronella’s wonderful achievements and the colourful history of how he built his Spanish Castle in the rainforest; you will have amazing photo opportunities of the breathtaking Mena Creek & Theresa falls & much more. spend approx 2.5 hours here allowing plenty of free time to enjoy the rest of the park at a leisurely pace. Then, return to Cairns.

Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk Ticket Combo

2. Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk Ticket Combo

Spend a great day out south of Cairns at 2 top attractions. Plan your own day and embrace the flexibility of staying as long as you like at each location. At Mamu Tropical Skywalk, listen to the stories of the original indigenous peoples of the rainforest and the early European settlers. Enjoy the scenic majesty of this world heritage and learn more about the site with audio guides provided in 8 languages. This wheelchair and stroller-friendly attraction offers light refreshments for sale. At Paronella Park, a short 35-minute drive from the Skywalk, join a 45-minute guided tour telling the story of one of Australia's early settlers, Jose Paronella. Spend the rest of your time strolling the avenues and learning about the flora and fauna with a comprehensive botanical guide. You can also choose to have lunch at the cafe on the deck, feed the fish, cross the suspension bridge above the falls, or stroll 200 meters up the road to the wonderful Mena Creek Hotel for lunch or a cool drink.

Wooroonooran National Park: Mamu Tropical Skywalk Admission

3. Wooroonooran National Park: Mamu Tropical Skywalk Admission

Explore the Wooroonooran National Park rainforest from the forest floor to the canopy. Take a walk through the tropical rainforest before you begin the exciting stroll up towards the canopy. Experience the rainforest from a unique perspective and take incredible views of the national park. Forest walk The Forest walk serves as the access track to the cantilever, elevated skywalk and observation tower and provides the opportunity to experience tropical rainforest at ground-level. Alternative routes suitable for wheelchairs and strollers are provided along the Forest Walk. This track is suitable for visitors with vision-impairment with tap rails forming a continuous 'shoreline' on the left-hand side of the track. Seats are provided along the way. Cantilever A 40 meter long elevated walkway rises gently as the ground below drops away steeply, providing you with your first chance to experience the rainforest canopy. The viewing platform at the end of the 10 m long cantilever offers magnificent views of the river gorge below.  Skywalk The Skywalk meanders for 350 m through the rainforest canopy. Along the way, you see rainforest plants and animals at close quarters and gain tantalizing glimpses of the river valley far below.  Observation Tower At the end of the forest walk, access the Observation Tower from a short elevated walkway that leads to the tower's lower viewing deck. The top of the Tower is reached by stairway (not wheelchair accessible) and at 37 m above ground-level offers spectacular, uninterrupted vistas of World Heritage landscapes. Picnic tables are available near the entrance.

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What people are saying about Innisfail

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Beautiful, gentle walk. The self guided audio tour set the perfect atmosphere & was very interesting. Fully wheelchair accessible if needed to all areas (except the observation tower - which still has an amazing view from the bottom platform). Staff were lovely & very helpful. It was an overcast day with misty showers which did impact on the distance you could see over the valley, but this just made the walk more authentic, since it is a rainforest :).

Paronella Park is a memorable experience and the history behind it brings it all back to life. It's beautiful!

Absolutely beautiful place, a definite must see in North Queensland. Would definitely recommend

Amazing views, great stories and peaceful places. Definitely, highly recommended.

Fabulous engineering wonderful views and our grandson loved it!