Australian Italian Festival, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 4603

Ingham is a major sugar town near the Hinchinbrook Channel. Originally, Kanaka labourers were employed in the surrounding sugarcane fields, but after their repatriation at the beginning of the 20th century Italian immigrants took their place (the first Italians arrived in the 1890s). This strong Italian heritage is celebrated in the Australian Italian Festival each May. Ingham is at the centre of a splendid range of national parks. The Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park is a highlight as the largest single-drop falls in Australia.

Visitor Information

Tyto Wetlands Information Centre, cnr Cooper St and Bruce Hwy; (07) 4776 4792

Nearby national parks

  • Girringun National Park

    Girringun National Park, part of the traditional lands of the Warrgamaygan people, comprises four sections: Blencoe Falls, Dalrymple Gap,...more

  • Paluma Range National Park National Park

    Lying within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Paluma Range National Park offers mountain-top views and picturesque waterfalls. The Mount...more

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

Nearby towns

  • Cardwell

    Cardwell is a coastal town overlooking Rockingham Bay and the nearby islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Ferries transport visitors to nearby...more

  • Tully

    At the foot of Mount Tyson, Tully receives one of the highest annual rainfalls in Australia – around 4200 millimetres. This abundance...more

  • Mission Beach

    Mission Beach is named for the Aboriginal mission established in the area in 1914. The beach that features in the town's name is a...more

In Town

Hinchinbrook Heritage Walk and Drive: displays at each historic site in Ingham and the nearby township of Halifax illustrate the dynamic history of the shire. It starts at the Shire Hall in Ingham; brochure available from visitor centre.

Memorial Gardens: picturesque waterlily lakes and native tropical vegetation. They include Bicentennial Bush House with displays of orchids and tropical plants (open weekdays); Palm Tce.


Girringun National Park The Wallaman Falls section (50 km W) is in the Herbert River Valley and features waterfalls, gorges and tropical rainforest. See the crimson rosellas on the 4 km return walk from the Falls Lookout to the base of Wallaman Falls – look out for platypus and water dragons. (Read more) Take a scenic drive around the Mt Fox section of the park (75 km SW) or walk the 4 km return ascent to the dormant volcano crater. There are no formal tracks and the ascent is for experienced walkers only. 4WD is recommended in both sections during the wet season; see Cardwell for northern parts of park; (07) 4066 8601 (same number for other national parks in area); 20 km nw.

Paluma Range National Park The Jourama Falls section of the park (24 km S) is at the foothills of the Seaview Range. Walk the 1.5 km track through rainforest and dry forest to the Jourama Falls Lookout (take care crossing the creek) to see the vibrant birdlife, including azure kingfishers and kookaburras. The Mt Spec section of the park (40 km S) features casuarina-fringed creeks in the lowlands and rainforest in the cooler mountain areas. Drive to McClelland's Lookout for a spectacular view and take the 2 short walks from there to see the varied park landscapes; 49 km S.

Orpheus Island National Park This rainforest and woodland park is a continental resort island in the Palm Islands surrounded by a marine park and fringing reefs. Snorkel and dive off the beaches or take in the wildlife on the short track from Little Pioneer Bay to Old Shepherds Hut; access is by private or charter boat from Lucinda or Taylors Beach. There’s a 5-star resort (maximum 74 people) or bush camping (maximum 54 people); camping permits from Ingham parks office; 35 km E.

Tyto Wetlands: 90 ha of wetlands with birdlife and wallabies. See the rare grass owl from the viewing platform; outskirts of town.

Cemetery: interesting Italian tile mausoleums; 5 km E.

Forrest Beach: sandy 16 km beach overlooking Palm Islands. Stinger-net swimming enclosures are installed in summer; 20 km SE.

Taylors Beach: popular family seaside spot for sailing with excellent fishing and crabbing in nearby Victoria Creek; 24 km E.

Hinchinbrook Island National Park: resort island to the north-east; sea access from Lucinda; 25 km NE; see Cardwell.

Lucinda: coastal village on the banks of the Herbert River at the southern end of the Hinchinbrook Channel. Take a safari or fishing tour through the channel. Stinger-net swimming enclosures are installed in summer; 27 km NE.

Broadwater State Forest: swimming holes, walking tracks and birdwatching; 45 km W.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking the Thorsborne Trail 36 km

The 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail is a classic tropical bushwalk that weaves along the east coast of the 393-square-kilometre Hinchinbrook Island National Park. There is a maximum of 40 people allowed on the track at a... Find out more

Swimming around Townsville and Cairns 39 km

Not far from Townsville there are a couple of popular swimming holes: Big Crystal Creek near Mutarnee, the icy Little Crystal Creek on the road to Paluma, and under the Rollingstone Bridge. Near Tully, you can cool off... Find out more

Bushwalking around Townsville and Cairns 45 km

This entire region offers great delights to bushwalkers, although you are likely to get damp, either from the humidity or from a tropical shower (it is not called ‘rainforest’ for nothing). The Rainforest and... Find out more

Bushwalking on Magnetic Island 92 km

Magnetic Island has about 25 kilometres of walking tracks, many with outstanding views of the coast, or ending at isolated beaches. Do not miss the 2-kilometre Forts Walk, with a good chance of seeing a koala or two, and... Find out more

Reef HQ, Townsville 97 km

This eco-accredited, non-profit aquarium is a great spot to go before or after you visit the reef itself, as it will introduce you to some of the main characters out there and give you lots of great information about... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Noorla Heritage Resort

Although the architecture is Italianate, this resort has gone rather British colonial with its Ceylon Tea Rooms serving tiffin, a tapas bar, and a verandah restaurant that also serves up a highly praised curry, thanks to... Find out more

Breweries around town

Townsville Brewing Company 97 km

Based in an historic former post office building, Townsville Brewing Company has been brewing six regular beers (Townsville Bitter, Lager Lout, Burdekin Gold, Digger’s Pale Ale, Ned’s Red Ale and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Jourama Falls camping area 24 km

This campground, beside Waterview Creek, is about 300 m from the entrance to the national park. Nearby Jourama Falls Lookout Walk (3 km return, 1 hr) leads through dry open forest of poplar gum, bloodwood and Moreton Bay... Find out more

George Point camping area 25 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers is 7.5 km south of Mulligan Falls at the southern trackhead of the Thorsborne Trail. It can also be accessed by private boat or sea kayak. Water can be collected from Mulligan... Find out more

Mulligan Falls camping area (walk-in camping) 29 km

With a 1-night maximum stay, Mulligan Falls campground is 7.5 km south of South Zoe Bay camping area, 1 km south of Diamantina Creek and 7.5 km north of George Point camping area on the Thorsborne Trail. Water from the... Find out more

Broadwater camping area 30 km

Endangered riparian rainforest lines the clear waters of Broadwater Creek, and open eucalypt forest dominates the visitor areas in Broadwater campground, 47 km west of Ingham and 16 km of unsealed road from the forest... Find out more

Sunken Reef Bay camping area (bush camping) 31 km

There are no facilities at this campground, on the Thorsborne Trail between South Zoe Bay and Mulligan Falls, so be prepared to be self-sufficient. Sunken Reef Bay can also be accessed by sea kayak. Water from the... Find out more

Bush camping 31 km

Contact QPWS Cardwell for details of remote bush camping on the island’s east coast.... Find out more

East Coast camping areas 1 (boat-based camping) 32 km

East Coast camping locations accessed by private boat only include the beach opposite Agnes Island, Banksia Bay, George Point, Mulligan Bay, Banshee Bay, South Zoe Bay, Sunset Beach and Sunken Reef Bay. Boat access is... Find out more

East Coast camping areas 2 (sea-kayaking-based camping) 34 km

East Coast locations accessed by sea-kayak include the beach opposite Agnes Island, Banksia Bay, Blacksand Beach, Banshee Bay, George Point, Mulligan Bay, North Zoe Bay, Sunken Reef Bay and Sunset Beach. Bring your own... Find out more

North Zoe Bay camping area (boat-based camping) 34 km

The North Zoe Bay camping area has no facilities and there is a maximum 2-night stay. Access is by private boat only, subject to weather conditions. Bring all self-sufficient supplies.... Find out more

Lake Paluma camping area 34 km

Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest, Lake Paluma (12 km north-west of Paluma) is a popular spot for swimming, canoeing and kayaking, so bookings are essential. The lake is a well-known wildlife-watching area, with... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wanderers Holiday Village 22 km

Close to the centre of town, this park is a popular holiday destination for those keen on fishing. There are covered barbecues and a boat parking area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cardwell Beachcomber 46 km

The park is centrally located just a short distance from the centre of town and across the road from the beach (ideal for fishing). The park has good facilities and a licensed restaurant/cafe in the attached motel.... Find out more

Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort 47 km

This is a newer park with a fabulous beachfront outlook. It has a wide range of facilities, a selection of sites and a camping area. It does lack shade, but would be a great winter destination. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Googarra Beach Caravan Park 72 km

The park, close to Tully Heads, has a cafe and a well-stocked shop and also sells fuel. This is a convenient overnight stop or a good base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods. Pets are not... Find out more

Beachcomber Coconut Caravan Village 79 km

Mission Beach is a dream holiday destination and this park is the perfect place to stay. It is set in a fabulous location just across the road from the beach. The shops are within walking distance. Bookings are required... Find out more

BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park 84 km

This is a spacious park located about 15 km north of the city alongside the Bruce Highway. We find it a convenient friendly place to stop, and often stay here overnight. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Mission Beach Hideaway Holiday Village 87 km

This is an excellent park at the heart of a very popular tourist destination and just a short walk to the beach, the shops or the local restaurants. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Rowes Bay Caravan Park 93 km

This good-quality, owner-operated park is in a quiet off-highway location on the waterfront, ideal for a longer stay.... Find out more

King Reef Resort 96 km

This beachside caravan park is part of a hotel complex. It has good basic facilities and is very popular during holiday periods. Meals and normal hotel services are available. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Noorla Heritage Resort

A totally unexpected and recently restored delight in the heart of the tropics, Noorla is a grand Italian Art Deco villa built in 1923 on a hectare of land. The villa has backpacker dormitories and 18 heritage rooms and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Hidden Valley Cabins, Hidden Valley 39 km

Acclaimed as being Australia’s first completely solar-powered resort, with a restaurant, pool and room for 31 guests, this serious environmental resort is in secluded dry forest well off the Bruce Highway. It is... Find out more

Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge and Resort 50 km

Revolutionary in terms of minimal-impact tourism when it was first established in 1974, this classy resort has no more than a toehold on the 393-square-kilometre Hinchinbrook Island, and you can hardly see the treetop... Find out more

Bungalow Bay Koala Village 91 km

Declared Australia’s best backpacker accommodation, this low-key eco-accredited resort, with pool and family-style restaurant, has 2.8 hectares of camping area and 30 A-frame bungalows, 25 of which are... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Frances Creek rest area 12 km

100km N of Townsville (L) or 11km S of Ingham (R)

Just off the road among a few trees.

Jourama Falls camping area 24 km

T/O 88km N of Townsville (L) or 23km S of Ingham (R)

Secluded in the forest of Paluma Range National Park 6km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Jourama Rd. Permit required.

Five Mile Creek park area 37 km

T/O 45km N of Ingham (L) or 8km S of Cardwell (R)

Secluded area located 700m west of the highway at a swimming hole on the north side of Five Mile Creek.

Cardwell park area 44 km

At Cardwell

On the foreshore at the south end of town.

Balgal Beach camping area 48 km

T/O to Balgal

Small foreshore campground located 5km east of the highway at the northern end of Balgal via The Esplanade.

Rollingstone rest area 51 km

At Rollingstone

Well off the highway under shady trees via the service road on the south side of town.

Toomulla Beach camping area 59 km

T/O to Toomulla Beach

Small grassy camping area on the foreshore. Located 2km east of the highway at the south end of Toomulla Beach via Herald St.

Bilyana rest area 64 km

21km N of Cardwell (L) or 22km S of Tully (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Murray Falls camping area 66 km

T/O 22km N of Cardwell (L) or 15km S of Tully (R)

Shady campground located 20km (partly unsealed) west of the highway near the falls in Murray Falls State Forest.

Bluewater rest area 72 km

At Bluewater

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Saunders Beach camping area 73 km

T/O to Saunders Beach

Small camping area on the foreshore. Located 7km east of the highway at the northern end of Saunders Beach via Reef St.

Mission Beach Camp Area 87 km

T/O 3 km N of Tully (R) or 49 km S of Innisfail (L)

Small campground located 24 kilometres east of the highway on the foreshore at the north end of the village. Good shade and facilities.

Bingil Bay camping area 91 km

At Bingil Bay

Very small campground among dense vegetation on the foreshore, 7.5km east of the highway. Limited sites.

Diggers Creek rest area 95 km

18km N of Tully (R) or 34km S of Innisfail (L)

Small area adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Conroy Hall Markets: McIlwraith St; 2nd Sat each month.

Raintree Market: Herbert St; 3rd Sat each month.

Ingham Arts Festival: Apr.

Australian Italian Festival: May.

Bullride: June.

Ingham Show: July.

Horseracing: Aug.

Family Fishing Classic: Sept.

Maraka Festival: Oct.

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