Originally a siding on the Townsville-Ayr sugar tramway, Giru has since developed into a significant link in the north Queensland cane chain. In fact, the mill in this Haughton River town regularly records an annual crush of about 3.25 million tonnes, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere.
The cane fires to burn off the excess leafage is a spectacular pre-harvest event on the Giru calendar.
How long Giru can retain its individuality is in question as the rapidly expanding Townsville metropolitan area of Thuringowa City creeps ever southward and threatens to engulf it.
In the meantime Giru retains its independence and its position as a whistlestop on Queensland Rail's Sunlander which operates between Brisbane and Cairns.
This is serious fishing country where they come from far and wide to stalk the barramundi and grunter which swim free in the Haughton River and such tributaries as Morris and Bradders Creeks. Yummy mud crabs are also on the local fishing menu.