WELCOME TO THE CASSOWARY COAST
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council was formed in March 2008 as an amalgamation of the Cardwell
and Johnstone Shires. The region ranges from the mountainous western sector down to wetlands and
coastal flatlands. The Council has a unique location as it falls within two World Heritage Areas - the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.
The council population is around 30,000 and includes a range of ethnic groups, with significant sections of Italian, Finnish, Chinese, South Sea Islander and Hmong communities.
The administrative centre of the Council is based in Rankin Street, Innisfail.
Agriculture (sugar cane, bananas and tropical fruits) is the major industry within the region, with tourism the fastest growing new industry.
Located on the Bruce Highway Tully is nestled between Mount Tyson (687m) and Mt Mackay (723m). Midway between the two major centres of Cairns and Townsville along the Great Green Way, Tully is approximately 156km south of Cairns and 200kms north of Townsville.
With a population of around 3,000 Tully has a good range of commercial services such as supermarkets, shops, banks, vehicle services and medical facilities including a hospital.
Accommodation – Motel, Hotel, Caravan Park and Backpacker facilities are available in Tully
Tully Sugar Mill – sugar cane covers more than 22,000 hectares of the Cardwell Shire extending from the Kennedy Valley in the South to Feluga in the north. The Tully Sugar Mill was established in the 1930’s and processes approximately two million tonnes of cane a year. The mill employs over 200 full-time staff and 80 extra seasonal staff.
The Mill generates its own power by burning fibre residue and any excess power is sold to the State Electricity Grid.
Guided tours of the working mill are conducted during the crushing season (June to November) – bookings are arranged through the Tully Information Centre – Phone 4068 2288.
Rainfall – Tully is known as one of the wettest places in Australia with an average annual rainfall of 4.1 metres. Tully holds the Australian record for the highest annual rainfall – in 1950 Tully received 7.9 metres of rain. The Golden Gumboot located in Butler Street is 7.9 metres high, built to celebrate Tully’s Australian record. Climb the gumboot’s internal staircase for great views of Tully, Mount Tyson and the Sugar Mill.
Things to do...
- Climb Mt Tyson (takes approx. 3 hours)
- Go White Water Rafting on Tully River (Grade 3-4 rapids - a great experience)
- Climb to the top of the Golden Gumboot
- Take a Tully Sugar Mill tour (June – October)
- Have a refreshing swim at Alligators Nest (named after a boy scout group called ‘The Alligators”)
- Enjoy kayaking along Banyan Creek, through beautiful rainforest
- Wander along the Tully Heritage Walk and learn about Tully’s history
- Find a bargain at the Tully Markets - 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
Interpretive Display - Local Arts & Crafts - Souvenirs & Postcards
Tully Sugar Mill Bookings
For regional and local information and bookings