Local Government Information
The Shire of Hinchinbrook is located in North Queensland, administered from the town of Ingham, covering an area of 2,810.8 square kilometres. At the 2006 census, the region had a population of 12,017 residents.
Ingham was awarded the title of Queensland’s Tidiest Town, with a population under 15,000 residents in 1984/85.
Ingham is a small town located approximately 110 kilometres north of Townsville in the Hinchinbrook Shire, positioned about 17 km inland within the Herbert River floodplain, surrounded by sugar cane farms.
Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by the Warakamai people. The town is named after William Bairstow Ingham, a pioneer sugar planter on the Herbert River in 1874. The town was founded in 1864, gazetted as the local government area in 1879 and became known as the Hinchinbrook Shire in 1903.
The Wallaman Falls are about 40 km to the west of the town. The town is home to the “TYTO Regional Art Gallery” which sits alonside the TYTO Wetlands and Enrico’s Restaurant.
The Australian-Italian Festival is held in Ingham on the first weekend in August and is one of the most popular events in the region. The festival celebrates Ingham’s cultural background, dating from the 1890s, when the first Italian immigrants came to the region. The town is known as “Little Italy” as more than half the population are of Italian descent.