Cassowary Coast

Gateway | Attractions | History | Scenery


  • Paronella Park
  • Swimming & Picnicking
  • Murdering Point Winery
  • Mamu Rainforest Canopy

From the tropical coast, the mist encircled mountains rise flanked by cane fields, creeks and scenic byways. The Cassowary Coast is a fascinating gateway to the Atherton Tablelands with its own award winning attractions such as Paronella Park and Murdering Point Winery where you can taste medal winning wines made from fruits and native exotics such as Lemon Aspen and Davidson Plum.

Before there were the cane harvesters you can see today, cane was cut by hand using a panga or cane knife, and manhandled into railway shuttle bins to the rail heads and into the region’s sugar mills where the sweet, distinctive smell of molasses can still be identified during the crushing season. Visitors with time to explore can stay overnight in a choice of accommodation. There are quaint country pubs, retreats, guest houses and b&bs with country style cooked breakfast, and even a relaxed no-fuss camping caravan park.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Easily accessible and highly popular, the Mamu Tropical Skywalk is mid-way between Millaa Millaa and Innisfail on the Palmerston Highway. Elevated walkways, a cantilever and 37m high observation tower provide visitors with the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy as well as spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes.

Paronella Park

A standout attraction at Mena Creek is Paronella Park, voted No. 1 in the 2009 RACQ poll for 150 Must Dos. A fantasy creation from the mind of immigrant Jose Paronella in the 1930s, today the dream continues at this beautifully restored, intriguing venue. By day, visitors are charmed by guided tours including such fancies as the Tunnel of Love, the entrancing gardens and the picnic area beside the wide waterfall. By night, the park presents a dramatic evening tour. Stay over at the caravan park and camping grounds that are part of the park, which is now powered by its fully restored original 1930’s hydro electric generator.

Walks & Trails

The Canecutter Way marks the start of the Misty Mountain Trails. Pause at Mena Creek to walk the Gorrell Track – an easy 3.7 kilometres to MacNamee Creek’s lush rainforest swimming and picnic spot. Henrietta Creek to Goolagan Creek is part of a network of walks in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park.

Balgal Beach Holiday Units

Located in Townsville's Northern Beaches (about 45 minutes north of Townsville CBD) our family-friendly units are an ideal place for you to come and "Relax in Paradise". All units sleep 6, are fully self contained and air-conditioned. We have 2 separate units that cater for guests travelling with pets. Relax and unwind on the beach, in the spa, around the cool shaded pool or in the privacy of your air-conditioned unit.


Mena Creek Hotel

Located in beautiful, tropical Far North Queensland, on the scenic Canecutter Way, and only 200 metres from multi-award winning Paronella Park, The Mena Creek Hotel is perfectly positioned. A traditional Queenslander-style country pub, The Mena Creek Hotel provides delicious, good sized meals (no scrimping on the chips here!), served with a side of the best customer service Far North Queensland has to offer.

Accommodation is also available at The Mena Creek Hotel, with comfortable, air conditioned rooms (including family room options). In the sprawling farmland surrounds of Mena Creek, with breezy balcony dining, ideallic vistas and nearby meandering cows and horses, The Mena Creek Hotel features a relaxed atmosphere that ensures that you’ll come for lunch, and never want to leave!

August Moon Caravan Park

Well appointed clean and spacious Caravan & Cabin park. Centrally located to Cassowary Coast, Tablelands and Cairns.
Tri level swimming pool

Kookaburra Holiday Park

Kookaburra Holiday Park is situated on 3 acres of lush tropical gardens 800m north from the centre of Cardwell and 250m from the beach. Rated at 3 and a half Stars (AAA Tourism) we aim to exceed expectations and proudly offer to all our guests a wide range of clean, quality accommodation at an affordable price.

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park

We are at the southern end of Kurrimine Beach, a quiet fishing village untouched by major development. Our Holiday Park, set in lush tropical gardens, is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday, lots of fun for the kids and a perfect base to explore the beautiful Cassowary Coast. Kurrimine Beach is an unspoilt tropical holiday destination with the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep.

Murdering Point Winery

Murdering Point winery is unique in every sense; the name, the unmatched range of award winning exotic tropical wines, and the location. In addition to the tropical fruit wines such as lychee, mango, jaboticaba and passionfruit, Murdering Point produces wines of outstanding quality from Australian Bush Tucker fruits such as the Davidson Plum and the native berry Lemon Aspen and is home "The Point" port, the delightfully wicked, "White Devil" port and the "Black Devil", a unique blend of black sapote and cognac.

Paronella Park

Paronella Park has received multiple Queensland tourism awards, is State and National Heritage listed and is a National Trust listed property. It is privately owned and operated and Eco accredited. Paronella Park is the site of Queensland's 1st privately owned hydro electric plant (1933).

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Take a walk in the clouds in Wooroonoon National Park just 15 minutes out of Innisfail. Elevated walkways, a cantilever, and observation tower offer visitors the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy, along with providing spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes.

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Paronella Park

Explore the rainforest

Cane Trains on Canecutter Way

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