El Arish North Queensland

Places, Faces and Events of an Historical Soldier Settlement town

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Local Attractions

You will find some the the greatest fishing, diving, snorkeling, crabbing, kayaking and white water rafting within a stone's throw.  For a great dive adventure there is the Lady Bowen wreck, a 220 foot schooner now over 100 years old.  A converted paddle steamer, she now rests in 34 metres and has become a reef in itself hosting magnificent coral formations and awesome marine life. You are likely to witness natures finest in the form of gropers, sea snakes, giant turtles, lionfish and barracuda.

Secluded beaches and sparkling clear waterholes abound.

Choc-o-holics are catered for too with the only Coco Tree to Chocolate bar experience in Australia at Charlie's Chocolate Factory, while at Murdering Point Winery you can enjoy red and white tropical fruit wines and find out the fascinating story behind the naming of the area it takes it's name from.

Beautiful Dunk Island and Mission Beach provide affordable as well as luxury accommodation and restaurants.

Just 20 minutes north lies the town of Innisfail which boasts some of the best original Art Deco buildings still standing in Australia, plus a magnificent sheltered harbour and marina.  On the way is the Australian Sugar Heritage Centre at Mourilyan.

Tully Sugar Mill, just 15 minutes south, runs regular tours of the Mill.  A fascinating look at one of the most important sources of income for the area and of course the Golden Gumboot is not to be missed.

El Arish Golf Course

For the golfers El Arish boasts a great little golf course, the El Arish Country Golf Club and is often host to groups from other parts who make it a regular occasion.  You can play 9 or 18 holes and all visitors are welcomed with the usual warm North Queensland hospitality at the Club House licensed bar.  There is a Pro Shop and clubs for hire.

El Arish Tavern

The historical El Arish Tavern was established in 1927

El Arish and surrounds is a haven for birdwatchers who will enjoy the amazing variety from the mighty Cassowary to the tiniest parrot in Australia, the double-eyed fig parrot.