The South Central Coast - also called the Cassowary Coast - stretches from Cairns southward to Ingham. The area is dissected by the Bruce Highway which meanders through mill towns surrounded by cane fields and fruit farms. While most of the coastal lowlands has been cleared, there are still plenty of natural places to explore - from isolated tropical beaches to Queensland's two highest mountains, the mist-shrouded Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker.
The coastal towns are the wettest in Australia receiving as much as 4 metres (13 feet) of rain each year.
Located along the Bruce Highway, the Tully Visitor and Heritage Centre includes a display about the development of Tully and provides travellers with details about the many visitor attractions in the region.
Open Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Phone: 07 4068 2288 or visit their web page.
Mission Beach owes its name to the Aboriginal mission which was built there in 1914 and destroyed soon afterward by a cyclone. A stone memorial on Red Hill at South Mission Beach marks the mission site.
The Mission Beach Visitor Centre is located on the beachfront on the northern end of Porter Promenade and is run by the Mission Beach Tourism Inc. Their friendly staff and volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge and advice including information on local walking tracks, tours and commercial enterprises. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4.45pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. Phone: 07 4068 7066 or visit their website.
Mission Beach is one of the most important remaining homes of the endangered cassowary.
Learn more about this giant bird at the Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4) Environment Centre located next door to the Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre.
Call or visit the Innisfail Visitor Information Centre on Eslick St to access a wealth of information on the Cassowary Coast region. Open 7 days, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm and Sunday 10am - 1pm. The centre has a comprehensive selection of local and regional brochures and maps along with an excellent range of local merchandise and gifts.
This information service is provided free to those seeking a thrilling and fun-filled stay in the region. Phone: 07 4061 2655 or visit their webpage.
Babinda Visitor Information Centre is located on the corner of the Bruce Highway and Munro St, Babinda. This award winning centre is run completely by volunteers.
Babinda has main street shopping, as well as picnic areas, parks and an historic railway station. There are a number of protected natural areas nearby that provide recreational and tourism opportunities. The most popular swimming hole is The Boulders, about 7km west of town.
Open 7 days 9am to 4pm. Phone: 07 4067 1008 or visit their website.
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