ATTRACTIONS Kurrimine Beach is famous for King Reef, which is
so close to shore that walking tours are offered on the lowest of low tides. It is also popular with fisher folk. The quiet hamlet includes awardwinning Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park, a family favourite with its own water park. A leading attraction nearby is the Berryman family’s Murdering Point Winery, where visitors can enjoy free guided tropical fruit wine tasting and discussion of the bush tucker and locally sourced fruits used to make the medal-winning wine. Quality dry, sweet and fortified wines are produced from fruits such as mango, passionfruit and lychee and bush tucker Lemon Aspen and Davidson Plum. Follow the road to Silkwood, which maintains religious and cultural immigrant links with Italy. The tradition of the Feast of the Three Saints is celebrated on the first Sunday of May, with a parade, feast, and fireworks. The town is home to the famous Aussie Pepper and the smallest National Australia Bank building. Mena Creek’s history is flavoured with the romantic story of Jose Paronella, a Spanish immigrant with a dream and a passion for castles and hard work. In the 1930s he opened his pleasure gardens and reception centre, Paronella Park, powering the venture with hydroelectric generators. Today the dream continues at this restored, intriguing venue. During the day, visitors are charmed by guided tours, including the Tunnel of Love. By night, the park presents a dramatic evening tour. Paronella Park was voted the number one thing to do in the 2009 RACQ poll and has since been recognised as the best major tourism attraction in the region. Camping and cabin accommodation is available. Visitors can also stay locally at the caravan park and camping grounds with its six boutique cabins or at the Mena Creek Hotel, which offers airconditioned rooms (including family room options). Mena Creek is home to a number of walks, including the Gorrell Track, an easy 3.7km to MacNamee Creek’s lush rainforest and picnic spot. The cane track runs through the centre of South Johnstone so it is a good place to grab a coffee or a beer and experience the sight of the colourful little locomotives hauling cane bins to the local mill during the sugar cane crushing season. Next stop is Wangan where award-winning pies are on offer.
Cassowary Coast to the Atherton Tablelands