Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Old part of Innisfail

Boat harbour

Imperial Tavern - great feed

Mixed crops along South Johnstone road

Etty Bay

Sugar export loader at Mourilyan Port

Loader looking to the harbour entrance

El Arish RSL

Noisy Stone Curlews

Tully River meets the Coral Sea

7th July

Have woken to a cloudy day with some scudding showers. The sun is trying hard to shine. Today we will head to Innisfail so hope the weather holds.

Innisfail was established in 1879 and originally named Geraldton and was renamed at a public meeting in 1910. We know we are getting close when we see the golden arches billboard. Innisfail is famous for Art Deco buildings, built after the cyclone in 1918 which destroyed almost every building. We are surprised to see the shops are open on a Sunday. We enjoyed walking around looking at the mix of old buildings in with the new.On our walk we would have light rain as soon as we were out of the shelter of the buildings and then the sun came out making it quite steamy. Quite hilly at times but a nice town unfortunately it is spoiled with the amount of litter left lying around. On our walk we came across the Imperial Tavern offering three course Sunday buffet roast for $15 per person. That will do us. We had tomato soup followed by three different roast meats with plenty of veges and to top it off a peach crumble with creamy custard. Very filling but oh so nice.

On our way back we call in to have a look at Mourilyan Harbor, a natural deep harbor with facilities for bulk sugar loading, molasses, live cattle and wood chipping. There is also excellent boat launching facilities for visitors and locals.

Etty Bay is an ideal place for a picnic, eat or stay. Set among the Moresby Range National Park. This beach offers safe swimming with a stinger net and surf lifesaver patrols on weekends. A good place to chill out with a caravan park and general store. Our last stop of the day is El Arish a world war 1 soldier settlement.

We leave here Wednesday, hope we leave the noisy Curlews behind. They only come out at night and sound like a bunch of marauding teenagers walking through the park. They seem to sleep all day.

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