Innisfail is culturally and racially a very mixed community
with a population of approximately 8,000 people the town
experienced successive waves of migrants starting with the
Kanakas or south sea islanders as slaves, aboriginal and
Torres Straight islanders as workers, French merchants,
Chinese miners, and German sugar cane farmers. Then after
World War II came the Italian immigrants, Spanish, Greek,
Maltese, Philippine, Indians and Pakistani's arrived. Today
in rural Australia you would be hard pressed to find a more
culturally diverse town.
Today the town is home to a large
banana growing facility, sugar production, tropical fruit
growing and a small but growing tea industry. Fishing is
also a big part of the local scene. Tourism is also a major
sector and growing fast with easy access to the Great
Barrier Reef, national parks, rainforest and more.
Check out our listing of
accommodation. In addition to
our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism
visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.