Art Deco at Innisfail
The road from the Undara National Park to Innisfail passed through some some spectacular scenery as we came through the Southern Tablelands, some steep climbs but we had great confidence in our Apollo motorhome as we have been up steeper inclines!
Just before the town of Ravenshoe are two waterfalls, Little Millstream Falls and Big Millstream Falls which we went to see. The ‘Big’ waterfalls are the widest in Australia, and it is an easy walk to see them from the car park down to the view point. The falls plunge over an old basalt lava flow and were pretty spectacular, but must look absolutely fantastic in the wet season when they are in full flow.
As we approached the town of Innisfail we started to see large plantations of bananas. Much of this years crop had been destroyed by Cyclone Yasi early in the year, but they have fought back and are looking healthy with lots of hands of bananas tucked up safely in their coloured plastic sacks until they are ripe enough to be picked.
We checked into the BIG4 Innisfail Mango Tree where we were staying for the night, a very busy park, with lots of spacious pitches and beautifully landscaped gardens, just a short way out of the town. Mike and Jill made us very welcome and arranged for us to meet Annette Anderson, a local resident, who took us on a walk around Innisfail.
Annette’s grandparents first settled in Innisfail and her family still live there, she is an expert on the history of the town and we spent a fascinating morning with her learning about both her family history and how Innisfail has developed over the years.
There are many Art Deco buildings around the town all beautifully restored and a heritage walkway has been constructed beside the Johnstone River where the original shipping wharf was located, and includes a series of hand decorated ceramic plaques depicting the history of the town.
There are still many Italian families living in Innisfail, descendants of families who came to Australia in the early part of the 20th Century to work on the sugar cane plantations. Many of whom have since diversified into other businesses, and we ended our visit to the town in one of these, by enjoying a delicious lunch in a lovely Italian restaurant.
Have you been to Innisfail? What were your favourite spots?