3.2 out of 10

Innisfail

Ranked 23rd best suburb in Far North
-17.5241686706954 146.019275428591
Great for
  • Clean & Green
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Not great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters

Reviews

1/5
2yrs+

"Avoid like a plague"

It's a real shame, it could be a nice place, with a bright future ... but Real estate agents simply provide a very poor property management service and have no appreciation for their clients. This results in tenants from hell, property maintenance negligence, rent defaults, damage to property. Worth to note that the majority of Innisfail tenants are from the low socio-economic part of society. Good luck.
Cons
  • Very bad property management service available
  • Nearly impossible to find honest tradespeople
geppe
geppe Agree with you 100 percent.

There are some places completely devoid of decency and respect.
Jul 24, 2017
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
2yrs+

"Still Considering"

I have an acre block I purchased five years ago. The intention is to build a sustainable home on it and have an organic garden. Since put on hold due to work commitments.
I do agree that council rates are extremely expensive particularly for just the land alone. I understand
we are paying for world heritage too, nevertheless. Thank you for
the insight on rental properties and agents co-operation. I had enough trouble in Melbourne certainly don't need it. I can see a very slow growth here in Innisfail. Up side, no fear of another Port Douglas, Cardwell marina disaster or Mass Magnetic Island seaside apartments/marina upgrade. I accept this is the tropics,and live accordingly.
So I will watch at a distance for now.......
Pros
  • Homemade cooking is absolutely beautiful. Prices are excellent.
  • Wildlife and scenery spectacular. The pace is slow and free.
  • Friendliness of people
  • Nature, tropical weather
Cons
  • Not enough decent accommodation for out of towners.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
RedCaboose
RedCaboose Innisfail will never be another Port Douglas
2yrs+
cat771
cat771 Can't wait to get out of here!! good luck finding a job unless you are related to someone here.
2yrs+
geppe
geppe Town is pretty ordinary.
Jul 24, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A great place if you like mould"

Innisfail needs a council that will promote development.
Pros
  • Friendliness of people
  • Nature, tropical weather
Cons
  • rain rain rain
  • roads are a discrace
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
RedCaboose
RedCaboose mould, mosquitoes and monsoon.. I used to live there and remember being able to swat and kill 5 mosquitoes in one hit. Don't miss the rid.
2yrs+
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1/5
2yrs+

"Not recommended for out-of-town investors !!!"

Speaking purely from a property investment point of view, based on my experience I would strongly recommend for any potential property investor to reconsider and leave this town to its weird people. This applies to out-of-town investors in particular, when you depend on good quality, reliable and honest property management. Do not buy here unless you you can cope with extremely slack attitudes and inefficient property "management". I have tried to work with four real estate agents in this rotten place over the years and none have shown any interest in doing any work other than collecting the rent. There were the odd exceptions but these property managers did not last long. I can't blame them as it must be terrible to work for some of the agents in town - some display an extremely rude and non-caring attitude. Half of all tenants (picked by the agents and with all boxes allegedly ticked) turned out trouble tenants of the worst kind, owing rent constantly and not moving out on due dates and when they finally did, they left behind a trail of destruction. Property inspections were not done and even faked, with grave maintenance issues not revealed until years later, resulting in high cost of repairs and renovations.
You will NOT be given a clear picture of the state of your property or what your property manager "really" thinks of your tenants.
The only two property managers I loved to work with seemed to also have been the only ones "with a brain" ... all the others need an intensive course in customer service, use of email and phone, as well as a good kick in the backside to actually deal with tenants issues and do proper and timely inspections to do what they are supposed to do: PROTECT YOUR ASSET.

We had actually visited Innisfail a few times before we made our investment decisions. We even considered to move and live there at one point. However, the really bad attitudes of many supposedly professional people in Innisfail were a major turn off.

Tradespeople - we all know they don't have the best reputation in general (usually for lack of turning up to a job). However, nothing prepared us for the slack and selfish attitudes of these people in Innisfail. It always seems impossible to find a decent guy doing a decent job for a decent amount of money. It doesn't matter if there was a cyclone or not, they are extremely PICKY and will not do minor jobs unless you are happy to be completely ripped off (i.e. pay double or triple of what would be considered normal). Want to have some windows painted around the house? No, he only does complete houses and a small lowset would be upwards of $20,000. What? You want a couple of roof sheets replaced? Don't bother paying $8,000 ... go for a full replacement instead, it's only $20,000 (the property in question would have had one of the smallest roofs in town).

So in essence - Do NOT bother. Property ASKING prices are generally at least DOUBLE of what they should be in order to even have a chance of selling and there is a HUGE stock built up of properties that have not been selling over the last few years. Buying for investment would be a nasty TRAP in many aspects.
Cons
  • Very bad property management service available
  • Nearly impossible to find honest tradespeople
RedCaboose
RedCaboose buying a property in innisfail was a massive mistake for me... Prices have fallen by about 20% in recent years and we lost tens of thousands. We were lucky enough to sell our house. Most houses up there have been on the market for years and there is still a massive over supply. I thank god that I don't live there anymore, the people were weird and the town has nothing to offer.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Tropical Queensland Gem with a very bright future"

Innisfail is a small vibrant town located on the cassowary coast in far north Queensland between Mission beach and Cairns. It is just the place for a tropical lifestyle by the coast with brilliant access to the Great Barrier Reef and Islands as well as magnificent World Heritage listed tropical rainforests which contain rare and beautiful wildlife unique to this small part of Australia such as the cassowary. The town centre is built on the junction of two tropical rivers and has wonderful afternoon sea breezes plenty of modern facilities like K-mart, Target, McDonalds, KFC, Coffee club plus lots of specialty shops and Coles, IGA and Woolworths as well as an array of pubs and resturants. The areas main industries are bananas, sugar, fishing and tourism. In the past few years several resort developments have been approved as well as a big box retail and residential precinct to accomadate Bunnings among others. The tropical climate is amazing and all kinds of tropical plants flourish including tropical fruits orchids and palms. Innisfail has friendly locals and is a great place whether you are single attached or have children with a choice of private and state schools a large modern Hospital and a TAFE college it has all one could ask for in a regional township and is one of Queensland's most beautiful locations. Innisfail really is the true essence of tropical Queensland.
Pros
  • Friendliness of people
  • Nature, tropical weather
  • Cheap housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
RedCaboose
RedCaboose Nice place to visit but...
2yrs+
cat771
cat771 What would singles and students do in a sleepy hollow!! and it certainly not trendy or stylish. Housing is expensive for what you get.
Only good for a visit. Innisfail is in the top 5 highest unemployment rate and top 10 poorest community in Australia.
2yrs+
GregoryM
GregoryM We moved here ten years ago and haven't left!...Over this period I have noticed more people move here & renovate beautiful old homes. Mould: well this is everywhere in north qld.
Esthetically its such a beautiful area...Rainforest, waterfalls, huge mountains, deserted beaches, all surrounding a cute art deco township.
I believe in 10 years time
2yrs+
GregoryM
GregoryM (Cont.)...that it will have evolved substantially, becoming a 'Mullumbimby' of the north.
I do agree it tends to get wet, yet again its part of the tropical lifestyle.
In regards to employment yes it is a small town but hopefully growth will occur..There is so much potential for tourism ie) waterfall capital of Australia/ great barrier reef/ rainforest (all within 30km of cbd) then Innisfail may finally take off.

Note: where in Australia can you be sitting on ur deck, hearing ur waterfall in the rainforest & be 5 mins drive to town?
2yrs+
PhilK
PhilK Just moved my family of 6 here 2014... Tried finding a doctor/clinic that would accept the Medicare card as full fare for a Doc's visit. Went to five places and all want a co-payment of $65 on top of Medicare, for a visit, per person. On a low income but just a few hundred $ above the level to get a Health Care Card (with which the Doc's will accept Medicare only) I cannot afford to go anywhere with sick family members except the local hospital. One family member, sis-in-Law, is severely disabled and a new migrant who I need to 100% support for 2 years, as of 5 months ago. Medicare card for her but no Health Care Card. I myself am an elderly Vetarans Affairs Pensioner on a "Totally & Permanently Incapacitated" pension and as such am the only one accepted for no co-payment, but just don't have the $65 per head co-payment for each Doc's visit for my 3 kids (frequent asthma and pneumonia problems), wife and sis-in-Law.

5 Clinics and all say no except one, Mamu clinic, but I was quickly asked if I was indigenous and when replying "no", was told that the clinic was really for the latter. I said that this sounded very racist to me which they denied (???).

So, come to Innisfail, Far Nth Qld., but make sure you have money or the doctors visits will clean you out at $65 per person, even if the visit is only to refill prescriptions. Is this an example of uncaring money hungry doctors??? To be fair, I spoke to no doctor but only the mouthpieces manning the reception desks. The next task is to use my TPI medical card for a free visit to different doctors until I can speak to one face to face and try and get a Medicare bulk billing fee only, for my family. It's all bullshit what one has to go through sometimes and this is the first time it has been near impossible to find a doctor who will bulk bill.
2yrs+
geppe
geppe Disagree with this review.
Jul 24, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lovely and relaxing environment, very family freindly for all ages 0-99yrs. A little like stepping back in time, but with all the mod cons."

We live in East Innisfail, It's a bit isolated at the moment with the new bridge being built but when we have our new bridge we are so close to town. It's a lovely area.
Very good schools in the area, but our TAFE could offer alot more courses given their wonderful new facilities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
geppe
geppe Yes a timely trip back to the stone age when large reptilian predators used to tear through the jungle before being wiped about by the ice age.....
Jul 25, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice place to visit but not to live."

Small little sugar town just inland from the coast. Famous for its art deco architecture the town sits about 90kms south of Cairns. The town supports a Kmart, Sams warehouse and a not so handy Country Target, a Coles and Woollies. All other shopping requires a trip to Cairns and back which is about good 2hr round trip. There are quite a few empty shop fronts in town.

The natural beauty is a plus with some stunning beaches and waterfalls all within a half hour drive. The rainforest that remains is beautiful, however it only exists on the hills and areas not suited for sugar cane or banana farming. The rainforest is still recovering from years of logging and cyclones; you dont seem to come across many grand old trees.

In my opinion there is an outsider mentality within the town with many of the born and bred locals being quite clicky. From my experience about 25% of the teachers and police are posted to Innisfail and are waiting out their time so they can get transferred back to SE QLD. Most of the hospital doctors are doing their country service and if your lucky you may find a good GP - if you find one stick with him/her...

BEWARE of council rates. They are currently 1300 every 6 months - twice that of Brisbane. This works out to about $50 a week. And believe me the services are not half as good as Brisbane.

The town has a new hospital which is great! The nurses are lovely. Council services lack big time. The library is mostly open business hours making it hard for people working 9 - 5. Other council infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. Google 'East Innisfail Bridge'. Goondi State School is an excellent school; probably the best in all of far north queensland, The others... well... look at myschool and you'll see.

It is very humid and it rains a lot! On some occassions it can rain every day for a month (not all day everyday though) There are also a large number of mosquitoes. Quite often you can kill 3 or 4 with one good whack. Watch out for dengue fever. If you have kids you will probably appreciate an undercover area for them to play such as a shed or under the house.

Many of the properties on the market have been sitting there for at least three years (as of Oct 2010) so if your going to buy make sure you want to stay as you may not be able to sell in a hurry.

So in summary beware of the following and take into serious consideration before taking the plunge.
- High council rates
- clicky locals
- hard to resale your property
- poor council services
- degraded rainforest that only remains on the hills
- dogs roam the streets.

Good Luck and do your own research above is just my humble opinion.
RedCaboose
RedCaboose I should also note that I love the outdoors, camping etc... Innisfail still not for me.
2yrs+
SecretSpot
SecretSpot You paint a good and not so good picture of Innisfail, which is fair enough...but it certainly does not warrant a ONE star rating ("terrible") I would think - that is unfair and unnecessary, in your quick summary in the end you are only listing the negatives. I hope you are not one of those "the glass is half empty" persons. It gave me a laugh when I read "It is very humid and it rains a lot!" - well, that happens when you are in the wet tropics :) I have heard that is nothing compared to places like Darwin in the wet season.
Council rates may be high these days but you could have mentioned that you can get a modest 3br home for 200k. So that is certainly more appealing than paying an average of $450k in Brisbane (even more closer to CBD), making an extra $25pw in rates compared to Brisbane still very appealing for those contemplating a move to Innisfail from that perspective. Anyway, your review was an interesting read, thank you.
2yrs+
tropicmum
tropicmum We've have lived in numerous regional towns in North Queesland and Interstate, Innisfail has been the friendliest. Perhaps you were having a bad day or few... Certainly doesn't deserve a rating like this. We are relatively new to Innisfail, coming upto 1 year, people are very friendly here - no clickiness from what we've experienced, you must remember your dealing with real people here in Innisfail, they are regional/country folk, they will almost always return a smile or give you a helping hand, but like anywhere in any town, if your mind is closed to a certain place or thing, then you will shut out all the good stuff!
As for the rates, they are the relatively the same in all regional areas in Qld- too high many may say and perhaps they are right, but it's necessary to meet our ever growing expectations on services and facilities. You are right about Goondi being a wonderful school, our children attend Goondi school and we are proud of their attendance there.
The council services haven't been an issue for us, the staff at the Johnstone Shire hall are very helpful, including the staff at the library, they run a free story and craft time for families under 5 every fortnight, so if your new to the area with children this is a great way to start connecting.
Your also talking about a community that is still recovering from a fairly destructive cyclone, needless to say many of the rainforest trees were stripped bare and many unfortunate losses (these cyclones occur in many other places of Australia (we don't get hail up here or the regular & sudden violent storms like in SE Qld.
Logging however ceased thank goodness in the area many, many years ago. We are one of the very few areas in the world with beautfull World Heritage listed rainforest.
And last but not least, the rain - yes it does rain a fare bit here and you do get a few mosquitos (most places do) but the kids love to play in the rain, it's a wonderful experience for them and it cools us off in the summer. There would certainly be no rainforest without rain, and no cassowaries and other wonderful creatures for that matter. We don't have to water issues here like most other places in Australia, Innisfail & It's surroundings is what it is, we beleive it's a very special place in the world, there is no need to jump on a plane and go on a holiday anywhere else, you can drive in any direction for a maximum of 2 hours and experience everything Australia has to offer, including the outback, the reef, even ticker rainforests, amazing waterfalls, beautifull resort and many wildlife park experiences, you can even see the cows being milked up the road.
Your eyes need to be open.
2yrs+
cat771
cat771 I moved here from Melbourne when my partner got a job here so we decided to give it a go....its nearly 10 months and I totaly agree with your comments. The place just looks and feels derelict to me. We drove through Atherton the other day and stopped to have a look around and I was impressed with the place. Way better than Innisfail.
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Innisfail - Close to Cairns and Hinchinbrook Island"

Innisfail is only 88 kms south of Cairns. This is an agricultural area growing sugar cane, fruits and vegetable and is well known for bananas. There is always work to be done in this area. Visit Cane Cutter Way, Johnstone's Crocodile Park, take one of the many guided tours available or arrange a trip to Hinchinbrook Island. There are also some good wineries and eateries in the area. Accommodation wise you can take your choice depending on taste and budget. With affordable house prices this is a great place to buy and the rental market is good as well. Innisfail has all the amenities you could need and is a great town with friendly locals.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
RedCaboose
RedCaboose Wineries? This sounds to me like a tourist promotion.
2yrs+
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