Visit the tropical paradise of Ingham. Nestled between Townsville and Far North Queensland, Ingham is the gateway to exploring the World Heritage-listed wet tropics rainforests of Queensland. Ingham was named after the first sugar plantation owner in the area, William Ingham. Unlike its surrounding towns, Ingham is deeply steeped in Italian, Spanish and Basque culture, as Mediterraneans migrated to work the local cane fields in the 19th century. Our Ingham accommodation will get you on your way to exploring the region's national parks, forests and islands.
One of the most popular attractions in Ingham is Wallaman Falls, the highest sheer drop waterfall in Australia. The waterfall is an astounding 305 metres high. After visiting the falls, wot about going on one of the many forest walks or wet tropics walks and exploring the local wetlands? You can go bird watching, camping, off road driving, fishing, canoeing, or even waterskiing in the area. If the beach is more your style, don't forget to check out Forrest Beach, and unwind shore-side. The Hinchinbrook Heritage Walk offers the opportunity to discover the rich history of Ingham and see some of the sites, such as the Ingham Memorial Gardens, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. On the Heritage Walk, you will learn about the contributions that the Italian migrants made to the township of Ingham. If you're in Ingham in August, make sure you attend the Australian Italian Festival. The festival celebrates the migration of Italians who have shaped the Ingham community. The event features Italian food, celebrity chef cooking classes, concerts, sporting events, and arts and crafts.
The annual highlight of Ingham is the Pub with No Beer Festival, held in May. Each year, locals re-enact the event when Dan Sheahan went to the Lees Hotel for a beer, only to be told there was none left because a convoy of American soldiers had drunk the pub dry. Sheahan wrote the poem, which later went on to be Slim Dusty's number one hit, "The Pub with No Beer". No matter what time of year you arrive, no trip to Ingham is complete without having a pub meal at the Lees Hotel. Unless there's another American military convoy in town, you're guaranteed a cold beer these days.
Ingham is only 92km from Townsville
airport. You can jump on a coach bus to Ingham but getting around the area is difficult without a car, so you're probably better off hiring a car at the airport. Now all that's left to do is book your flights to Townsville
and your Ingham accommodation, for a relaxing tropical getaway.
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