BIRDING 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 Wetlands is a regionally significant Brolga and Sarus Crane roost. In fact, many visitors call into the museum for tourist information and end up spending a considerable amount of time there. See into the past with displays on Aboriginal culture, early explorers, pioneer and early history, the war years, the Mt Mulligan mine disaster and the timber and tobacco-growing industries. Further on, located between Mareeba and Atherton, is Mt Uncle Distillery, which has earned a reputation for its award-winning premium liqueurs. All are distilled on site, set amid landscaped gardens on a banana, avocado and macadamia plantation. The Cellar Door and Bridges Bar & Restaurant also serves delicious produce seven days a week, as well as offering its unique gluten free banana flour. Nature based experiences can include cooling off in the rock pools after exploring Emerald Creek Falls where there are public toilets, barbecues and picnic tables. There is also a walking track leading to an excellent lookout. The Mareeba markets are held on the second and fifth Saturday (when they occur) of the month between 7am and 12 noon in Centenary Park, next door to the Heritage Museum. Gourmet homemade jams, delicious fresh produce with an abundance of tropical fruit, arts and craft, including woodwork, handmade baby clothes and stunning jewellery, are just some of the things you will find at this great little market. Mareeba also welcomes plenty of grey nomads for its annual Christmas in July celebrations. The Far North Nomads Chapter of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia hosts the event, which is held at the end of July. The event is now in its 17th year and has become an extremely popular celebration in Mareeba. The Mareeba Rodeo, which kicks off on July 2 and runs through until July 17, has a history dating back to 1949. See the town come alive with an agricultural show and exhibition, wood chopping competition, junior cowpokes, night parade, garden show and the crowning of the rodeo queen.
located Jackaroo Motel offers the perfect base to explore the Atherton Tablelands. With 25 rooms and a fully self-contained two-bedroom unit, there is something for every preference and budget.
ATTRACTIONS Beautiful sunny
skies and crisp cool days ensure a morning out isn’t too hot either. After exploring the markets, make your way into the Mareeba Heritage Museum, which is also the town’s visitor information centre. Offering a real insight into the region’s rich history, the museum is a must do when visiting Mareeba.