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Tully is located on the Bruce Highway approximately 140km south of Cairns, roughly halfway between Cairns and Townsville.

Sugar, bananas and beef are the main produce of the district; the majority of all bananas consumed in Australia come from this area.

The region is surrounded by misty mountains that are cloaked with dense World Heritage tropical rainforest and scattered with dozens of beautiful waterfalls. The region is well known for its high annual rainfall (averaging 4.1 meters) and enjoys what must be some of the cleanest fresh water in the world. The cascades of the Tully River Gorge host adventure rafting trips and championship whitewater events.

Mission Beach is a short drive from Tully and provides a picturesque gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and many tropical islands including Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook. Boating, fishing and diving are popular pastimes amongst the locals.