Food & Wines | Birding | Scenic Flying | Mountain Biking
- Mareeba Heritage Centre
- Gourmet Tastes & Tours
- Hot Air Ballooning
- The Mareeba Wetlands
- Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park
A multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine, with clear blue skies perfect for flying, Mareeba has a history going back to the gold mining days, and a strong sense of community spirit which sees support for traditional outback sports such as the famous annual Mareeba Rodeo.
Over 70% of Australia’s coffee crop is grown here and you can taste and buy at a number of local coffee roasters and coffee plantations. At the Coffee Works at Mareeba, follow the story of coffee from plant to cup and visit Coffee World, an antiquities museum housing a world class collection of coffee and tea memorabilia. Visit Australia’s oldest coffee plantation at Skybury, and enjoy a cup of their trademark coffee while taking in the unforgettable view from their cafe – Skybury Farmgate. For something a little different, why not sip specially created house blends at Jaques Australian Coffee Plantation, an established estate where you can also take a plantation tour (or even a scenic flight in a microlight!). Fruit wines are another specialty of the Mareeba region. The Golden Pride Winery will introduce you to the delights of mango with their range which includes sparkling wine, port and liqueurs and is widely available throughout the region. At de Brueys Boutique Winery, taste the fabulous fermentations of lychee, mango, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, passionfruit and star apple.
The Mareeba region is acknowledged by birding experts as the richest region for birdlife in Australia. Nearly half of Australia’s 750 bird species can be found here, and birders have recorded over 300 species within a 15km radius of nearby Mt Molloy. The Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve is a regionally significant Brolga and Sarus Crane roost, and has established a captive breeding and re-introduction program for the jewel-like Gouldian Finch. The best wildlife watching is during the Reserve Twilight Safari, and the best experience is to stay overnight at Jabiru Safari Lodge.
Hot Air Ballooning
Start your day by watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Atherton Tablelands then experience the wonder, silence and romance of floating in a hot air balloon. From the minute you arrive; you’ll see the spectacle at launch of so many large colourful balloons standing ready for take off at dawn.
Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to earth. Afterwards, there’s pack up games and check out the photos for sale of your ballooning experience, both in-flight and personal portraits, So start your day in Far North Queensland on a high,with hot air ballooning and experience the fun and unique sensation of the oldest form of flight.. This morning tour is highly recommended, excellent value and sure to be a highlight of your holiday here on the tropical Tablelands.
Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park
This network of mountain bike trails in the Lamb Range between Mareeba and Kuranda is accessed from the Kennedy Highway, approximately 13km from Mareeba. Follow the Davies Creek signs. The trails wind along the rain-shadowed slopes of the Lamb Range.
With lengths and grades for everyone, riders navigate granite outcrops, cross clear streams, and traverse forests of bloodwoods, stringybarks, she-oaks, cycads and grass trees.
These shared trails were built for mountain bike riding but are available to walkers. Horse and trail bike riding are not permitted.