El Arish North Queensland

Places, Faces and Events of an Historical Soldier Settlement town

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A Hearty North Queensland Welcome from El Arish!

El Arish (pronounced El-A-rīsh) is nestled in the Mission Beach hinterland just off the Bruce Highway between Tully in the south and Innisfail in the north.  It is surrounded by rainforest, cane paddocks, banana farms and beautiful scenery.   

Mission Beach, Kurrimine Beach and Dunk Island are right on our door-step.

We are only a tiny population (around 270) but many of the families still living in El Arish and surrounds have ancestors that came to this Soldier Settlement when it was established under "The Returned Soldiers Settlement Act of 1917". Under the Act the area was first called "The Maria Creek Soldiers' Settlement" at El Arish and was established on the 1st August 1920. 

How we got our name ... (read more)

The Traditional People of this area are the Djiru Aboriginal People. They welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special places. (read more)

1920 The Town Begins ...  (read more)

The History Station

Our Mission Statement:

" Our aim is to promote El Arish as a sustainable rural village with strong family, sporting, social and historical values."

The History Station is housed in the old Railway Station on Chauvel Street.  We have a unique and fascinating collection which we are sure locals and visitors alike will enjoy.  We are open every Friday for coffee at 9.30 a.m.  All are welcome.  more ...

Guest Book

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El Arish & Surrounds