Continuing north towards Cairns and after Townsville we arrive at Ingham. Ingham is another sugar town that continues to display a good degree of wealth. The nearby Wallaman Falls are beginning to drive tourism activity along with an ever increasing coastal developments and parks. Ingham does have a bit of a buzz about it, even on Sunday when we stayed overnight; and we recommend that.
The cultural history of the town, for one, is unique and rich with stories from the cane cutting days, which saw Italian migrants coming to live in the area. The town is known as “Little Italy”. The Australian-Italian festival is held every May in Ingham. The first Italian immigrants came to Ingham in the 1890s and today more than half the population of the town are of Italian descent. During the Second World War, the Italians in Ingham were captured and held in detention centres, until after the war.
A stroll around the streets of Ingham is highly recommended.
The Station Hotel quite rightly has heritage listing. So too the East Ingham . Many of the hotels are turn of the century structures. Including the Hotel Noola. For the campervan traveler is recommended.
Ingham is a great town. Allow a minimum of an evening stopover.