Chinta Plantation

Chinta Plantation has a long History, it was the first coconut plantation in Australia. Please be patient as we slowly build this page. Below is just a piece of history after Bob and Dolly Dyer owned the property.

Image and text from a brochure when Blair Shepherd owned Chinta Plantation showing Joyce Creek.

Chinta Plantation

CHINTA PLANTATION VILLAGE is a recently opened tourist resort owned by ace speedway driver, Blair Shepherd of Brisbane. Originally the only coconut and palm tree plantation in Australia, Blair has developed the area into a motel and marina complex consisting of air conditioned accommodation, licensed restaurant, swimming pool and the marina offers five weather proof berths for visiting boatmen.

Blair Shepherd owns the game fishing vessel Tennessee 11 and directs his attention towards the game fishing fraternity. However, all boatmen are welcome at his diminutive but fully serviced marina. The creek from which the marina was fashioned lies under the lee of Rocky Point, 10 nautical miles north of Gladys Inlet (Johnstone River, Innisfail)

APPROACH is through shoaling water of various depths. The deepest water will be found by laying towards Rocky Point from the south east. A minimum depth of 1.1 metes, low water springs, will be found immediately outside the entrance with depths ranging from 1.2 to 1.8 metres LWS inside the creek. There is at least 1.5 metres at the berths.

ANCHORAGE. The visitor is advised to proceed directly to the weighbridge berth where advice can he obtained from the attendant.

FACILITIES. Each berth is individually serviced by 240 volt power and mains water. Petrol and diesel fuels are piped to the wharf head and party ice is available. The marina is floodlit at night and the visitor may avail himself of the hot showers at the motel. Mini Mokes, trail bikes, beach buggies and Hobie Cats are available for hire.