Surrounded by banana and sugar cane plantations, Tully is one of the wettest towns in Australia and the proud home of a 7.9 metre high Golden Gumboot.
Established in the 1920’s as a sugar town, the Tully Sugar Mill is now a major employer in the town and processes around two million tonnes of cane each year. During the crushing season (June to November) there are daily guided tours that take visitors through the sugar mill to view the processing of the cane from cut stalks through to raw sugar.
With its strong agricultural industries, Tully is an ideal base for working backpackers with jobs usually available all year round. For the traveller, Tully has a good range of shops, supermarkets, banks, vehicle repairers and medical services.
Some of the key attractions of Tully is:
- Aligators Nest. Alligators Nest is a picturesque picnic area with a crystal clear fresh water swimming hole, just 7kms north of Tully. There are no alligators, or crocodiles, to be worried about. The area was named after a local scout group called ‘The Alligators’.
- Tully Gorge National Park. A good sealed road leads to the Tully Gorge National Park, 35km west of Tully. The Tully River is regarded as one of the best white water rafting spots in Australia, with grade 3-4 rapids. Along their journey, rafters enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage listed rainforest.
- Tully Golden Gum Boot. Originally the Golden Gumboot was a competition between Tully, Innisfail and Babinda as to which town is the wettest in Australia. The winner for the competition (since 1970) was awarded with a rubber boot and with an annual rainfall of up to seven metres – Tully was the winner. The Golden Gumboot Festival is dedicated to the fact that Tully is a ‘pretty wet place’.
The Tully Visitor and Heritage Centre is located at:
Located on the Bruce Highway, Tully
Phone: 07 4068 2288
Open 7 days
Monday – Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 3.00pm
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