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Ingham - Cities, Towns and Localities
Ingham was first settled in 1865 by a Mr Henry Stone. Sugar became the main source of income for the settlers with a sugar mill opening soon after in 1872 the Gairloch Sugar Mill a few years later a Mr William Ingham established a 700 acre sugar plantation called Ings.

William Ingham, was educated at Oxford University. He attracted great admiration from all who knew him eventually the townsfolk petitioned the government to name their town Ingham in honour of the scholar turned sugar cane farmer when the town was surveyed in 1875. However his death was untimely with it being reported that he passed away 3 years later on Brooker Island near Papua New Guinea, cannibalised by the natives.

Kanaka’s (slaves) were also used in this area to assist the cane growers harvest their crops this practice continued through to the early 1900’s, when the immigration policy was changed. Italian immigrants soon replaced the Kanaka’s and have made significant contributions to the area with half of the towns population of Italian descent.

Today Ingham is a friendly multicultural community with a huge variety of national parks and quaint villages to visit.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Hinchinbrook Visitor Centre
Cnr Bruce Highway and Lannercost Street
Ph: 4776 5211


Mon to Fri 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Weekend 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Public Holidays
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Ingham Attractions

Australian Italian Festival
Held annually in the small North Queensland town of Ingham, the festival celebrates the strong Italian heritage of almost 60 percent of the community and recognises the significant contribution that both Italian migrants and their descendants have made - and are continuing to make - to the Australian and North Queensland way of life.
Awesome Game & Reef Fishing Charters
• Ph: 07 4777 2787 • Email
Operating from the port of Lucinda approximately 1 hour North of Townsville. Fish or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Up to 12 day or 6 overnight Guests.
Billabong SanctuaryBillabong Sanctuary
• Ph: 07 4778 8344 • Email
the Sanctuary has 3 habitats of rainforest, eucalypt forest and wetlands all in the one easy location, which can be experienced in either a half day or a full day visit. The native animals are displayed in their own environments in natural surroundings, the experience is like that of walking through the Australian bush. The Sanctuary has accreditation with the Australian Eco tourism Association.
Goold & Brook Islands National Park
Popular with the locals and tour operators are is Goold Island, with regular ferry services from Cardwell its never been easier to access this wonderful part of the Great Barrier Reef to enjoy swimming, fishing, camping, snorkelling, diving, bird watching, and coral gazing.
Hinchinbrook Island National Park
A totally wilderness experience, Hinchinbrook Island is the world’s largest island National Park and is home to rainforest, beaches, mangrove and mountain terrain. The Thorsborne Trail on the east coast of the island is a 3-7 day trek for the adventurous and is one of the most renowned wilderness walks in the world.
Jourama Falls National Park
Jourama Falls is bounded north and south by spurs of the Seaview Range and hosts a terrace of cascading waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes. The walk to the falls includes two lookouts over Waterview Creek and the surrounding rainforest from which brilliant photographs may be taken.
Wallaman Falls (Lumholtz National Park)
Is the most accessible of seven waterfall’ national parks in this part of north Queensland’s outstanding coastal hinterland. At 305 metres, it is the highest sheer drop waterfall in Australia and a great place for camping, bushwalking, barbecues and freshwater swimming.
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