This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Innisfail. To help you make friends with Innisfail before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Surrounded by some of far northern Queensland’s most stunning scenery, Innisfail is a prosperous country town with much to interest backpackers. Just an hour’s drive south of Cairns on the Bruce Highway, it’s also a short drive from beautiful Mission Beach, the lush rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands, and great white-water rafting opportunities on the Tully River. In comparison to many other places in north Queensland, Innisfail is also refreshingly real and "un-touristy," giving travelers a genuine insight into Australian rural life.
If you’re an active person who enjoys getting out into nature, you’ll love Innisfail. The nearby Atherton Tablelands possess some of northern Queensland’s best hiking trails, and there are plenty of good walks within easy driving distance, many which lead to the beautiful waterfalls for which the area is so famous. There are also many awesome diving sites close by, on the Great Barrier Reef.
Agriculture is the economic backbone of Innisfail and the town is one of Australia’s primary producers of sugar, bananas, pineapples, and various other tropical fruits. During harvest season it’s possible to get casual work on local farms, and this is a popular option for many backpackers who want to replenish depleted travel funds. Although the work is often physically demanding, it’s also quite well paid and every year hundreds of backpackers head for the town to make some good money in a relatively short amount of time -- very handy if you’re planning to travel for an extended period.
There are several backpacker hostels in Innisfail, which cater mainly to young international travelers exploring the area, as well as those who are staying for a month or two to work on the local farms. Travelers should be aware that most Innisfail backpacker hostels aren’t flashy resorts, but are simple, unpretentious budget accommodation. However, they’re comfortable, clean, affordable, and friendly -- a great way to experience genuine Australian country hospitality, a little bit away from the major tourist trails.
Innisfail is easy to reach by car or by public transport. It’s situated on the Bruce Highway, between Townsville and Cairns, and is serviced daily by Greyhound buses. You can also reach it easily by Queensland State Rail.
Written by local enthusiast for Innisfail hostelsCarsani