Innisfail got its 15 minutes of fame under pretty nasty circumstances. Last March it copped the full brunt of Cyclone Larry. Thousands of houses were damaged when the eye of the storm passed over lashing the coastal town with 290km/h winds.
With their thick 'Strine accents you might think all the white Innisfail locals have descendents going back to the First fleet.
But get chatting to young people and you'll find heaps of them have a diverse multi-cultural heritage. The place is full of Australian Italians, Australian Greeks, Australian Maltese, Australian Irish and Australian Hmong people.
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Jumping in the pen with the world’s most dangerous bird was a little disconcerting.
More relaxing was a trip to check out the rainforest as it bounces back from the cyclone.
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First day on the ground and it felt like I was following in the footsteps of Cyclone Larry.
I wasn’t ripping anyone’s roof off or smashing banana crops, I was meeting people who’re still working really hard to bounce back from the category five cyclone that rocked the area 17 months ago.
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Innisfail’s got a rich rugby league heritage.
There’s a sign on the way into town honouring the two Innisfail locals who’ve made the Queensland mens side.
Lots of young men and women in town can't get enough of league, either chasing their shot at the big time, or just cause they bloody love the game.
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A national singalong happened today, and students at Innisfail High got involved.
Well, some students. Not everyone was overly keen on the specially commissioned song that the Federal government hopes will get more people studying music at school.
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