Located 417 metres above sea level, Mareeba is a region of breathtaking landscapes, rugged gorges, savannah grasslands, crisp blue skies and clear nights perfect for stargazing. Mareeba is the largest town on the Atherton Tablelands, once serving as a railway and communications centre. A multi-cultural district rich in wildlife, museums, coffee and wine, 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. Considered the heart of Australia’s thriving tropical fruits and coffee industry, you will find large mango and paw paw farms, coffee and macadamia nut plantations, along with sugar cane, pineapples, cashews, bananas and a whole banquet of other crops. Its majestic building soars high above the Atherton Tablelands, offering breathtaking views, while the staff provide professional and friendly hospitality. Fruit wines are another specialty of the Mareeba region. Golden Drop’s wines will introduce you to the delights of mango. Its wide range of products include sparkling wine, port and liqueurs, which are available at retail stores throughout the region. At de Brueys Boutique Winery, taste the fabulous fermentations of lychee, mango, jaboticaba, bush cherry, mulberry, passionfruit and star apple.
GET AIRBORNE Each year,
more people choose to experience hot air ballooning in Mareeba than anywhere else on Earth. From the minute you arrive, you will marvel at the spectacle of so many large colourful balloons standing ready for take off at dawn. Enjoy the 360 degree panorama, before coming gently back to terra firma.
COFFEE AND WINE Over 70% of
Australia’s coffee crop is grown in Mareeba and you can taste, buy and explore at a number of local coffee roasters and coffee plantations. With a background of over 25 years roasting experience, Coffee Works owners, Annie and Rob Webber have always strived for excellence, creating and perfecting more than 43 rich and delicious coffees, luscious liqueurs and fine handcrafted chocolates. Located in the centre of Mareeba, Coffee Works offers a range of dining options, plus a selection of cakes, pastries, chocolates and more. Make sure you leave enough time to also take in Coffee World, a unique museum dedicated to the history of coffee. Taste, experience and take home Skybury Coffee. Skybury is Australia’s oldest commercial coffee plantation and is situated amid the rolling hills and huge rock formations behind Mareeba. Just 10 minutes from the town centre, Skybury Café is a destination in its own right.
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.
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. In fact, many visitors call into the museum for tourist information and end up spending a considerable amount of time there.