MAREEBA TO CHILLAGOE


Mareeba Shire is the second largest and most varied shire in the State, with pristine rainforests at Kuranda meeting rich fertile plains above the coastal ranges. From Mareeba, the historic 'Wheelbarrow Way' winds through the area's pioneering goldrush towns to Chillagoe. This fascinating drive is a mere 140 kilometres, but you will find yourself on the sunburnt edge of Australia's arid Northern Outback.

MAREEBA

Through its ideal climate of cool evenings, fine days (300 sunny days a year!) and clear mountain air, Mareeba has become Australia's HOT AIR BALLOONING capital, and is a hub for travellers heading north to Cooktown and Cape York, west to the Outback or south to explore the towns, villages and hamlets of the Atherton Tablelands. The town's name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning 'meeting of the waters', since it is here that the mighty Barron River meets Emerald and Granite Creeks.

Mareeba's distinctive flavour is due in part to a rich multicultural heritage. Prior to European settlement, Mareeba was a meeting place for the Kuku Muluridji Aboriginal people. When gold was discovered on the Palmer River, a great population boom followed, including a large percentage of Chinese miners. In fact, on many of the goldfields around the Atherton Tablelands region, also known as the Cairns Highlands, Chinese outnumbered Caucasians. In 1877 a pastoralist named John Atherton arrived with his herds of cattle to take up land in the area. John Atherton is revered as the founder of Mareeba. At that time, Mareeba was fast becoming a busy crossroads for coach transport between the coastal towns and the tin mines at Herberton. But it was when the railway reached the town in 1893 that Mareeba really flourished.

In the early 1900's, Mareeba attracted a large number of European migrant farmers, particularly Italians, who found the fertile soil perfect for growing high quality tobacco. At its peak, there were 800 growers in the area, producing over 8,000 tonnes of tobacco a year, sixty percent of the country's total yield. From 1942 to 1945 up to 10,000 Australian and US servicemen used Mareeba Airfield as a staging post for battles in New Guinea and the Pacific. Demand for tobacco was never higher, but changes in government policy in the 1990's caused the demise of the once thriving tobacco industry, and in order to survive, farmers have diversified into other crops such as tea trees, navy beans, sugar cane, cashews, vegetables and assorted tropical fruits. Modern day Mareeba has a population of approximately 8 000. Interestingly, Mareeba is also home to one of the oldest surviving continually used mosques in Queensland, built by Albanian immigrant farmers.

The fertile district around the town has gained a reputation as a food lovers' paradise, thanks to early migrant farmers who, in the 1950's, began channelling water from Lake Tinaroo, 37 kilometres away. Visitors have ample opportunity to sightsee nearby plantations, farms, wineries and distilleries as part of what has become known as the 'food trail'. The area is now responsible for 90% of Australia's coffee production, and visitors can sample some of the local brews, including macadamia flavoured coffee, right on the plantation. Also, there are wineries that make wines and liqueurs from banana, coffee, mango, lychee, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, star apple and passionfruit... just to name a few. You can visit Australia's largest mango plantation or taste the world's lowest acid, highest flavour pineapples, the 'Mareeba Gold', famous around the country. And if you fancy something a bit more substantial than fruit and coffee, you can sample the famous local freshwater crayfish or lobsters, known locally as 'red claw'.

But not only is Mareeba Australia's hot air ballooning capital, but also the coffee growing capital of Australia, with more than a dozen plantations in the area. Mareeba, thanks to its ideal climate conditions, produces more than 80 per cent of the nation's commercial coffee crop. And it has by far the most diverse collection of coffee harvesters anywhere in the world, many of which can be seen on display at the coffee plantations themselves.

THE "WHEELBARROW WAY"


"Dad pushed a wheelbarrow in which were stacked all our belongings. A few pieces of iron which would be used as a shelter, maybe some hessian, a spade, a lantern, a few kitchen things and very little else. Mum and the children walked behind, Mum usually with babe in arms". Mr.Peel, an early settler in the Chillagoe region.

The 140 kilometre outback road that links Mareeba with Chillagoe is called the "Wheelbarrow Way". It was named in tribute to the pioneers who trudged the dusty track to Chillagoe in the late 1800's, after discoveries of gold were reported.

Gold panning on the Hodgkinson goldfields, on the Atherton Tablelands. If you follow the Wheelbarrow Way inland from Mareeba to Chillagoe, you'll pass through a handful of tiny towns, barely dots on the map, but for the visitor these towns can provide a fascinating insight into rural life, and the history of the region. Mutchilba, just 34 kilometres west of Mareeba, is nothing more than a few homesteads, a shop, school, church and playground. But this is the heart of mango country, and every November the tiny township hosts the Mango Madness Mardi Gras.

A little further west is Dimbulah, once famous for tobacco growing and now for its teatree oil and mangoes. The area around Dimbulah was originally home to the Djankun and Kuku Djungan Aboriginal tribe. During the 1920's the Queensland government FORCIBLY REMOVED most of their children, forcing the tribe to scatter.

Now, you're in goldrush country, and if you have time to venture off the Wheelbarrow Way a little, the area to the north can be an enthralling trip into the history books, as well as offering some stunning natural scenery.

At the Hodgkinson goldfields, 27 kilometres north of Dimbulah, Tyrconnell Gold Mine has been lovingly restored and offers overnight accommodation in heritage cabins. You can tour the mine, and witness the 120-year-old quartz-crushing machine spring back to life. Panning for your own gold adds to the excitement of this trip. Take home a tiny bottle of colour, flecks, flakes and wee nuggets of gold gouged out of the ground, panned with your own bare hands. Station stays on the mammoth Mt Mulligan Station makes a fascinating holiday alternative, here horseback riding and bushwalking combine with your opportunity to evolve from a city slicker to cowboy and help with the cattle round-up, droving, drenching and branding.

A further 20 kilometres along the unsealed road will bring you to the ghost town of Mount Mulligan. Mount Mulligan was the scene of Queensland's worst MINING DISASTER, in 1921, when a series of explosions in the newly opened coal mine killed 75 men, rocking the close knit township. The local cemetery remains a poignant reminder of the disaster, as gravestones show fathers buried next to their sons, date of death 19/09/1921. The landscape around the town is dominated by the massive escarpment of Mt Mulligan, an 18 kilometre long sandstone monolith that rises to almost ten times the height of Uluru.

Back on the Wheelbarrow Way, about 40 kilometres past Dimbulah, is the single-digit-population settlement of Petford. Petford was a watering hole for miners during the boom, but all that remains now is a general store. Petford is however, home to famous authoress Mrs Doreen McGrath. Doreen's home is by the old Petford railway siding, and it is said that she welcomes visitors for a chat.

A few kilometres past Petford is Lappa Junction, famous as the home of Queensland's only PUB WITH NO BEER. The century old corrugated iron Espanol Hotel owes its existence to the railroad, which brought civilisation to the remote outback towns in the early 1900's when gold, copper and tin mining boomed. But the pub closed its doors when the railway was closed in 1965. It was restored in 1990, and these days operates strictly as a BYO (bring your own) establishment, also housing a collection of railway and mining equipment, old bottles and minerals, riding gear and household items.

The sealed road runs out at Almaden, thirty kilometres short of Chillagoe. Like so many other towns in the area, Almaden was established as a railway workers town in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The difference is that Almaden still boasts a pub, offering weary travellers a cold beer and a home made meat pie.

From Almaden, the road is unsealed. Although it is quite well formed and generally suitable for travel in conventional vehicles, we remind you that many car rental companies restrict the use of their vehicles to sealed roads. Check your contract, as you will not be covered by insurance if you breach your agreement.

CHILLAGOE

The first sign of Chillagoe on the horizon will be the massive chimney of the now abandoned smelter. The smelter operated from the early 1900's and until it closed in 1943, treated 1.25 million tonnes of ore, yielding 60,000 tonnes of copper, 50,000 tonnes of lead, 181 tons of silver and 5 tonnes of gold. By World War One, Chillagoe was one of the largest metallurgical developments in Queensland, and at its peak in 1917, Chillagoe had a population of about 10,000 and boasted 13 hotels, two newspapers, and a hospital. But when the smelters closed, Chillagoe plunged into a decline from which it is only now starting to recover. Today the population fluctuates around 350 people, with a further 400 projected workers due to provide labour for the massive Kagarra Zinc mine.

But the big attraction in Chillagoe is the caves; a massive system of more than 600 caves, the only place in North Queensland that offers this kind of caving experience. The limestone bluffs and massive underground cave system are known as the "Reef of the Outback". The caves are the remains of coral that lived in the inland sea covering this area about 450 million years ago. The National Parks Authority conduct tours with experienced guides many times daily. The caves are always much cooler than the outside air temperature, remaining at a constant 23 degrees Celsius.

Sadly, Chillagoe is still largely remembered for its involvement in the MUNGANA AFFAIR

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - MAREEBA TO CHILLAGOE

BILLY TEA SAFARIS
Phone (07) 4032 0077
Fax (07) 4032 0055
www.billytea.com.au

We carry travellers..... not tourists!!

Billy Tea Safaris is an Advanced Eco Accredited Operator specialising in small tours *maximum SIXTEEN passengers* per custom built high clearance 4WD vehicle with extra-large viewing windows.

Family owned business for 36 years which runs 4WD personalised day tours to the World Heritage Rainforest of Cape Tribulation, Daintree and part of the Bloomfield 4WD Track.

Enjoy a one hour Daintree River Cruise, guided Board Walk, BBQ lunch, hand feed wallabies, a refreshing freshwater swim, tropical fruits and Billy Tea and Damper, ancient forest and flora and fauna. Visit Cape Tribulation Beach.

Billy Tea Safaris also operates an Outback tour to the town of Chillagoe, this historical tour will step back in time to explore the 400 million years old Chillagoe Caves on a 1.5 hour tour with your National Park Ranger. Including a cruise at Mareeba Wetlands, Aussie Pub Lunch, agriculture land, historic mining towns, and viewing of Aboriginal rock art, flora and fauna.
THE BEST OF THE CAIRNS TABLELANDS - BY BILLY TEA SAFARIS
Phone (07) 4032 0077
Fax (07) 4032 0055
www.billytea.com.au

We carry travellers..... not tourists!!

With its breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas at every turn, impressive lakes, lush rainforest and rugged outback, the Cairns Tablelands is undeniably one of the most exciting and diverse regions to visit in Australia.

Billy Tea Safaris is a small locally owned Advanced Eco Accredited Tour Operator, which operates small personalised tours with custom built 4WD vehicles, maximum 16/20 passengers per vehicle, and your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area, together with experiencing the local lifestyle and culture of the people in the Tablelands. Your 'Best of the Cairns Tablelands' full day tour includes:
* Unlimited Coffee and Chocolate tasting for morning tea * Herberton Historic Village * Tropical fruit and local cheese tasting platter * Smokehouse platter featuring a selection of handcrafted smoke meats including crocodile and Barramundi * A main course lunch selection * Sample locally crafted beer and wines from the region * Visit the 500-year-old Curtain Fig Tree * Millaa Millaa Falls
BRETT'S OUTBACK TASTING ADVENTURES
Phone (07) 4098 5059
www.cairnsfoodwinetours.com.au

A Foodie tour of the Atherton Tablelands... departing from Cairns OR Port Douglas!

This unique food and wine experience will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. Guests will travel through a variety of contrasting landscapes from lush rainforest, crops, dairyland to stunning ochre savannah plains. The rich volcanic soil if the Atherton Tablelands supports a diversity of crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more... which you will learn about as you taste our way around the region's 'Food Bowl.'

Small Personalised Tours Specialising In Service EXCELLENCE - Maximum 12 Persons

Wines, Beers, Spirits, Cheeses, Coffee, Chocolate, Tropical Fruits, Indigenous Damper and Jams... and Platypus viewing!
COFFEE WORKS
136 Mason Street, Mareeba
Mobile 0499 925 924
website link coming soon

...it's like Disneyland for Coffee!

An ALL-DAY tasting of our incredible edibles. Enjoy, in UNLIMITED quantities, as much coffee, tea, chocolate and liqueur as you can possibly consume! All coffees at Mareeba Coffee Works are expertly hand roasted in small batches by our 'Master Roaster' who coaxes perfection from every bean we roast. It's this experience and skill that consistently produce coffees that do justice to the best beans from Australia and around the world.

Entry into the WORLD's largest and most significant collection of coffee and tea treasures, dating back as far as the early 1700's.

OTHER TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

CHILLAGOE-MUNGANA CAVES NATIONAL PARK
This park is rich in natural and cultural heritage, featuring spectacular limestone caves, small galleries of Aboriginal rock art, jagged limestone outcrops and historically significant mining sites. There are walking tracks, caves that you can explore (bring your torch) and guided tours through some of the larger caves. Camping is not permitted. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

DE BRUEYS BOUTIQUE WINES
189 Fichera Road, Mareeba
Phone / Fax (07) 4092 4515
Try... and buy mango wine at de Brueys Boutique Wines. And there's more - lychee, jaboticaba, passionfruit and native bush cherry wines. Try the brand new Flagship Coffee Elixir.

THE FOSSIL HOUSE (Chillagoe Creek Homestead)
Aerodrome Road, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7160
The Chillagoe Creek Homestead is home to a small, but select, collection of fossils. Local guide and hostess, Mary Bolam, offers a personalized one hour 'Walk through the Aeons of Time', which explores Chillagoe's timeless past, down to the present day.

GRANITE GORGE
11 Harrigan Road, Mareeba
12 kilometres from Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2259, a/h (07) 4093 2174
At Granite Gorge you can truly experience Australia's northern savannah wilderness. There are three walks of 1km each and smaller circuits that will stay in your memory forever.

MAREEBA WETLANDS
Pickford Road, Biboohra via Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2514 / Fax (07) 4093 2514
The Mareeba Wetlands is a 5000 acre reserve which allows visitors and local people to experience a tropical ecosystem totally different from the reef, coastal and rainforest environments.

MOUNT UNCLE DISTILLERY
1819 Chewko Road, Walkamin
(between Atherton and Mareeba)
Phone (07) 4086 8008 / Fax (07) 4093 3716
Mt. Uncle Distillery prides itself on producing 100% natural, pure and preservative free liqueurs that capture the true essence and life of the fruit… just as nature intended.

THE SAVANNAHLANDER
Phone (07) 4053 6848 / Fax (07) 4053 6818
The classic 1960s railmotor departs Cairns every Wednesday and travels to Almaden (near Chillagoe) via Kuranda, Mareeba and Dimbulah.

THE AUSTRALIAN COFFEE CENTRE -
SKYBURY COFFEE PLANTATION

Ivicevic Road (off Dimbulah Road)
Wheelbarrow Way, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2190 / Fax (07) 4086 6145
The award winning two storey timber centre, constructed atop an impressive granite outcrop, features a fully licensed 140 seat restaurant, bar, coffee laboratory, gift shop, and Coffee Cinema.

THE HUB CHILLAGOE
Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7111 / Fax (07) 4094 7122
The interior walls of the Hub are home to an amazing interpretive display where the story of Chillagoe's amazing past comes to life. The Hub is the Central co-ordinating office for the National Park Cave Tours.

MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

BECKS AVIATION AND MILITARY MUSEUM
Kennedy Highway, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 3979 / Fax (07) 092 6946
Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Becks Aviation and Military Museum houses the largest privately owned collection in the Southern Hemisphere. See a variety of aircrafts and tanks from the wartime.

MAREEBA HERITAGE MUSEUM
Centenary Park, Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 5674 / Fax (07) 4092 5674
Open daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday
The Mareeba Heritage Centre offers further information on the Wheelbarrow Way. Take a browse through the displays. Of particular interest is the old rail ambulance, which is associated with a Chillagoe doctor who removed his own appendix.

DIMBULAH RAILWAY STATION MUSEUM
AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Dimbulah
Phone (07) 4093 5999
The Museum is open part time, as it is staffed by volunteers. Currently it is open Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Just follow the road signs you find as soon as you enter Dimbulah.

CHILLAGOE BP FUEL DEPOT AND VINTAGE FORD DISPLAY
Airport Road, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7108
Hosts: Bonny and Tom Prior
Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm
Inspect Tom's collection of Vintage Fords, which include amongst others, Ford Blitz, 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier, T-Model Ford, and Ford Pilot.

CHILLAGOE CREEK HOMESTEAD AND FOSSIL HOUSE
Host: Mary Bolam
Take an extraordinary journey through an ever-changing landscape and through a time when the great dinosaurs walked the Earth and the giant marine reptiles swam in the deep waters of the Aptian see, just off where Chillagoe is nowadays.

CHILLAGOE ARTS & CRAFTS AND LAUNDROMAT
Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7139
Hosts: Sue and Colin Colman
Open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm except Christmas Day. Open later on request from groups.

BIRDWATCHING


MAREEBA WETLANDS
The area north of Mareeba is the premier birdwatching region in Australia! Mareeba Wetlands is one of Australia's premium conservation and wildlife reserves. The Reserve is located in the 'golden triangle' of birding in Far North Queensland and presently features more than 204 different species. Due to its location on the East Asian/Australasian flyway, the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve provides a unique environment where Australia's tropical wetland and savanna birds can be enjoyed like nowhere else. Thanks to the twelve inter connected lagoons, creeks and channels that weave their way acroos the 2 000 hectare Reserve, the birdlife is rich and diverse and almost all of Australia's tropical waterbirds can be seen here.

Some species of birds the Mareeba Wetlands is home to are the Pink-eared Duck, the Grebe, the Whistling Duck, the Magpie Goose, the Green and Cotton Pygmy-goose, the Jacana, and many more. For more information about the Mareeba Wetlands, click here.

JULATTEN
Julatten, a 45 minutes drive north of Mareeba, is home to dozens of species. Staying at any of the acommodation which specialises in birdwatchers will reward you with a birdlife as you have never seen before. Australian Owlet-nightjars, Grey-headed Robins, Pied Moarchs, Barn Owls, Double-eyed Fig-Parrots, Masked Owls, Macleay's Honeyeaters, Papuan Frogmouths, Noisy Pittas, Cicadabirds, Large-Billed Scruben and Little Shrike-thrust are just some of the birds which can be spotted. For more information about Julatten, please visit our JULATTEN page.

ABBATOIR ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIRD HIDE
Close by is the Abattoir Environmental and Bird Hide, with a bird hide that provides a perfect vantage point and has information on local bird species, and the Euluma Creek Road Circuit, with its many cascades and swimming holes.

MOUNT CARBINE
Mount Carbine, north-west of Julatten, lists 190 species, including a large population of Australian Bustards, Apostlebirds, Galahs and Red-winged Parrots. Mount Carbine is a drier open woodland habitat, fantastic for many species of waterfowl and dry country species such as the Rufous Owl or the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Very close by, Maryfarms has a stable population of Australian Bustard. And Mount Molloy, only ten kilometres away, is renowned for its Great Bowerbird, but it is also a good spot for the Pale-heade Rosella, the Squatter Pigeon and the Red-winged Parrot among nearly 300 species.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

MAREEBA RODEO DRIVE IN
Kennedy Highway, Mareeba, Phone (07) 4092 1666.
While in Mareeba you can take a journey back in time at the Mareeba Drive In and experience the 50's style café whilst watching a movie under the stars. The Mareeba Rodeo Drive-in is possibly the last of Queensland's drive-in theatres. Don't miss the experience.

MAKO TRAC GO KARTING
Springs Road, Mareeba, Phone (07) 4092 5788 / Fax (07) 4092 5799
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 5:30pm, Friday and Saturday to 9:00pm.

Mareeba Mako Trac is a must for the young or just the young at heart. This is a world class Go Kart track with lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy. It includes a 18 hole mini golf.

GOLDEN PRIDE WINES
227 Bilwon Road, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2750 / Fax (07) 4093 2668
Located just outside Mareeba, Golden Drop is the brand name for a versatile range of still and sparkling white wines with extremely delicate fruity flavours produced from the sweet flesh of the Kensington Red by Golden Pride Wineries.

N.Q GOLD COFFEE
Dimbulah Road, Mareeba,
10 kilometres from Mareeba, on the Wheelbarrow Way
Phone (07) 4093 2269 / Fax (07) 4093 2498
Bruno Maloberti and his family have been running this farm for the last 41 years. And if you are a coffee addict, don't forget to try their delicious chocolate coated roasted coffee beans.

JAQUES AUSTRALIAN COFFEE PLANTATION
137 Leotta Road, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 3284 / Fax (07) 4093 3368
Tours run every half hour, and include a Coffee Movie, inspection of Australia's first purpose-built mechanical coffee harvester, a look at the coffee trees and a taste of the ripe coffee cherries, and a look at the wet and dry factories.

THE COFFEE WORKS
136 Mason Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 4101 / Fax (07) 4092 4300
Coffee Works selects and roasts arabica coffees from the local Cairns Highlands area of Tropical North Queensland and origin beans from around the world.

TOURS

View of Mareeba, Australia's hot air ballooning capital, from a hot air balloon. View of Mareeba, Australia's hot air ballooning capital, from a hot air balloon. The Atherton Tablelands, and especially Mareeba, is one of the best places in Australia to enjoy a hot air ballooning tour thanks to its perfect weather conditions nearly all year round.

A few companies offer hot air ballooning tours. Don't miss such an experience!!!

RAGING THUNDER
Mareeba, Phone (07) 4030 7900, Fax (07) 4030 7911.
Let Raging Thunder introduce you to the safe and exciting sport of ballooning, in a spectacular dawn trip which highlights the diverse eco-culture of the Cairns region.

CHAMPAGNE BALLOON FLIGHTS
Mareeba, Phone (07) 4039 9955.
If you would like to see Mareeba from the sky in a more relaxing way wake up early and take one of the hot air balloon flights and float over Mareeba. The area, due to its ideal weather and climate conditions, is one of the most popular places in Australia for hot air balloon rides.

HOT AIR
Mareeba, Phone (07) 4039 9900, Fax (07) 4039 9999.
Hot Air Cairns' specially chosen location at Mareeba, provides ideal weather and climate conditions for this gentle activity and our beautiful region offers unrivalled panoramic views of our unique Australian landscape.


EVENTS


MAREEBA RODEO
One of the best known rodeos in the country, the Mareeba Rodeo guarantees top level competion and entertainment for all visitors. Besides the usual rodeo events, the Mareeba Rodeo includes bull ride, steer wrestling, ladies and junior events, saddle bronc and much more to ensure two days full of action from 7:30am every day. Other evens that will take place during the Mareeba Rodeo are a beaut ute muster, woodchops, stud beef cattle show, big al comedy clown, sideshows, etc. Food and drinks will be available in many food stalls.

WALKAMIN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A weekend packed with all types of music, from country to rock and blues and much more. The festival features country wide known performers as well as local talents and the entertainment and the activities are designed so all visitors have a great time.

MAREEBA MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
The Mareeba Multicultural Festival celebrates the shire's miscellaneous cultural heritage. Every August, the city of Mareeba gets ready to welcome all the visitors who want to join in. With lots of different activities including a parade along the main street to Arnold Park, performers from many different nationalities, food and craft stalls, the Mareeba Multicultural Festival is a must for everybody.

LADY OF THE CHAIN
The community of Mareeba has been celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of the Chain since 1961. After the Mass, that takes place at 2:30pm at St Thomas's Church, the procession will travel across the streets of Mareeba. A barbecue, refreshments and entertainment will follow the procession. And the grand final will be the spectacular fireworks displays.

MAREEBA ART SHOW
With a display of many diverse styles of art, the Mareeba Art Show celebrates its 44th edition. The opening night there will be a celebration with prizes given out.

MAREEBA TO CHILLAGOE WHEELBARROW RACE
This race, apart from being a tribute to the area's mining pioneers who travelled from Mareeba to Chillagoe with all their possessions in wheelbarrows, is the largest wheelbarrow race in the world.

The race consists of different teams who have to get from Mareeba to Chillagoe, a distance of 149 kilometres, running wheelbarrows. Prize money for those who make it to Chillagoe within the three days of the event. And lots of fun for those who want to have a good time.

MAREEBA SHIRE PIONEER FESTIVAL
Two weeks of events to cater for everyone. Including the Chillagoe Country Music Festival, Far North gold panning and bush poetry competitions, craft displays, markets, Mareeba Heritage Museum open day, antiques and collectables, there will be something for every single person. Historic walks, scary ghost trails or the discovery of your family tree are other activities you will enjoy.

ACCOMMODATION - MAREEBA TO CHILLAGOE

Mareeba and Chillagoe accommodation ranges from historic pub style lodging to comfortable motel accommodation, self contained cabins and nature lodges. A homely bed and breakfast can be a great alternative, and there are a number of caravan parks and campgrounds. Scroll down or use the buttons in the right hand column below to choose your style of Chillagoe and Mareeba holiday accommodation.

Mareeba Shire is the second largest and most varied shire in Queensland. The accommodation options you will find in Mareeba and Chillagoe are as varied as the shire, ranging from traditional Aussie pubs to cosy bed and breakfasts, each of them with its own unique character. Spend a few days in the region and

BELOW YOU WILL FIND A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ALL THE MAREEBA AND CHILLAGOE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS. ABOVE IS INFORMATION ABOUT THE MAREEBA AND CHILLAGOE ACTIVITIES AND TOURS, PLEASE CLICK.

HOTELS

GRAHAM HOTEL
187 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 2588 / Fax (07) 4092 2670

ROYAL HOTEL MAREEBA
147 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 1046

THE ANT HILL HOTEL
79 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 1011

POST OFFICE HOTEL
Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7119

JUNCTION HOTEL
Raleigh Street, Dimbulah
Phone (07) 4093 5206


MOTELS

JACKAROO MOTEL
340 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 2677 / Fax (07) 4092 3837
Jackaroo Motel offers motel accommodation second to none, with 25 rooms and a two bedroom fully self-contained apartment available. You get top quality at the most affordable prices around.

CHILLAGOE HOTEL MOTEL
Tower Street, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7168

GOLDEN LEAF MOTEL
261 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 2266 / Fax (07) 4092 2207

MAREEBA MOTOR INN MOTEL
Kennedy Highway, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 2451


HOLIDAY APARTMENTS


CHILLAGOE OBSERVATORY & ECO LODGE
1 Hospital Avenue, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7155 / Fax (07) 4094 7166
website link coming soon

See why many visitors come back time after time!

Chillagoe Observatory and Eco Lodge provides a selection of accomodation ranging from air-conditioned cabins with ensuite and spa, to budget rooms & camping grounds.
The cabins have different styles to suit everyone, from a two room family unit to a double room with ensuite. Most rooms are air-conditioned and have recently been refurbished.

There are also two separate camping areas. One is fully grassed with scattered shade trees with water taps, power on application, fire pit, BBQs, refuse bins & are close to communal amenities. The second is an expansive open area, partly grassed with scattered trees. A rustic 'bush shower', refuse bins & fireplaces are provided.

With its expansive clear, dark skies, Chillagoe is the perfect location for stargazing. Chillagoe Observatory and Eco Lodgee have a fully equipped dome, and your host will take you on a guided tour.
CHILLAGOE CABINS
22 Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7206 / Fax (07) 4094 7226
website link coming soon

A unique outback experience, not just accommodation!

Chillagoe Cabins offer offer well-appointed, self-catering cottages in the wonderous gateway to Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and transport yourself into a breathtaking landscape where time appears to have stood still.

Chillagoe Cabins are based on the design of old miners' huts and you'll feel as if you have drifted back in time - there is even an array of historical memorabilia in each cabin to complement the old-fashioned exterior. However, this is where the kinship with the past ends - each cabin is decked out with comfortable beds and luxury linen that lures you even during the daytime, fully equipped bathrooms, kitchen facilities and digital television.

If self catering is off your bucket list, then join other dinner guests for some real sumptuous home cooked Aussie Tucker, and don't fret over breakfast either, because that is all part of the package too, with a great continental breakfast poolside every morning that will set you up for the whole day.

CHILLAGOE CABINS
22 Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7206 / Fax (07) 4094 7226
The cottages are air conditioned, have an ensuite, kitchenette, quality linen, a smattering of outback memorabilia and private courtyard. The gardens attract an abundance of native wildlife and it is for this reason that your hosts are unable to cater for pets of any kind.

CHILLAGOE GUESTHOUSE
Chillagoe

Phone (07) 4222 1135 / Mobile 0408 515 267
Centrally located in Chillagoe, the historic Post Office building for many years was occupied as a private residence. Extensively renovated in recent times it now offers six comfortable rooms as a guest house, across the road from the Post Office Hotel.


BED AND BREAKFASTS AND FARMSTAYS


TYRCONNELL HISTORIC GOLD MINE B&B
Thornborough Road, Dimbulah
Phone (07) 4093 5177
Overnight guest numbers are limited to 12, and the owners of the mine, Andrew Bell and Cate Harley, are the hosts. Tyrconnell offers a choice of 3 heritage style cottages, or camping.

THE FOSSIL HOUSE (Chillagoe Creek Homestead)
Aerodrome Road, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7160
Chillagoe Creek Homestead is in a garden setting, with the property running down to Chillagoe Creek. All the rooms open out to a magnificent patio with seating areas.

EMU CREEK HOLIDAY STATION
Burke Development Road, Dimbulah
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 8313
Hosting up to 24 people, this motel style accommodation with shared bathrooms is suitable for small groups and self drive travellers featuring comfortable rooms and traditional home cooked meals.


CARAVAN PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS

MAREEBA COUNTRY CARAVAN PARK
Emerald End Road (via Hastie Rd) Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 3281 / Fax (07) 4092 5257
Quiet park on Barron River Shore. Cabins with ensuite and unit, swimming pool, camp kitchen. Pets are welcome.

TROPICAL TABLELANDS CARAVAN PARK
Kenneally Road (Cnr Kennedy Highway), Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 1158

CHILLAGOE TOURIST VILLAGE
Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone (07) 4094 7177

DIMBULAH CARAVAN PARK
Burke Development Road, Dimbulah
Phone (07) 4093 5242

MAREEBA RIVERSIDE CARAVAN PARK
13 Egan Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 2309