With the gauge regularly recording about 4200mm a year, Innisfail claims to be the wettest town in Australia. Tully, 45km south, challenges that title, but, whichever gets the nod, they are both lush green standard-bearers for the wet tropics.
Built at the junction of the North and South Johnstone rivers, Innisfail is an attractive town of about 8000 people, blessed with some delightful riverside parks and picnic areas.
The town has a historical museum, and a Chinese joss house is a link to Innisfail’s colourful, multicultural past. The Johnstone River Crocodile Farm is only 8km out of town.
Innisfail, in fact, is a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding national parks, ocean shoreline and the Great Barrier Reef islands. Both the Far North Queensland capital, Cairns, and the scenic gems of the Atherton Tableland are within an hour's drive of Innisfail where you can book yourself a berth aboard a cruiser for some reef and big game fishing.