Kuranda, Mareeba & Outback

Head west on the Atherton Tablelands and discover the Mareeba Shire, a captivating district where vibrant cultures, diverse wildlife and a deep-rooted history converge to create a unique tapestry of experiences.





Colourful and quirky, Kuranda is the place to find art, tropical handicrafts and jewellery made by local artisans. The Village in the Rainforest is an eclectic mix of whimsical wonder, where you can be entertained by buskers, dine at an array of cafes, enjoy walking trails or a river cruise and experience the region’s iconic nature-based attractions.

West of Kuranda is Mareeba, a captivating district where vibrant cultures, diverse wildlife, and a deep-rooted history converge to create a unique tapestry of experiences. Nestled in the heart of this multifaceted region are treasures ranging from intriguing museums to the aromatic allure of coffee plantations and the rich flavours of local wines. As you explore Mareeba, you’ll uncover a narrative that traces back to the golden days of gold mining, contributing to the town’s historical charm. The echoes of the past resonate through the streets, connecting the present to a time when fortunes were sought in the rugged landscapes that surround this spirited community.

Explore the past and present in Dimbulah, a charming town with a rich history rooted in the Hodgkinson Goldfield. Established in 1876, Dimbulah thrived as a mining hub before transitioning to a focus on agriculture. Today, the landscape is adorned with sugar cane, mango, and lychee plantations. A notable point of interest is the meticulously restored rail station for the Savannahlander line connecting Cairns and Forsayth.

Chillagoe, known for its genuine outback charm, beckons adventurers to embark on the Wheelbarrow Way, a 143km road etched into the legacy of gold miners from the late 1800s. he town’s history unfolds through the rise and fall of the mining boom post the 1880s gold rush. While the anticipated copper mother lode eluded Chillagoe, the remnants of the ore smelter and a tall brick chimney stand as iconic landmarks, offering panoramic views and insights into the region’s industrial past.

Nestled along the Mulligan Highway, a mere 30-minute drive from Mareeba, lies the quaint and historically rich town of Mount Molloy. Once a bustling copper mining hub in the 1890s, the town derived its name from Patrick Molloy, who stumbled upon the copper outcrop during a search for wayward bullocks. Present-day Mount Molloy, with a population hovering around 300, exudes a humble charm and hosts essential amenities like a bakery, general store, and petrol station.

Tucked away in the rainforest just to the west of the popular coastal town of Port Douglas and just a 10-minute drive from Mount Molloy, lies the charming village of Julatten. This tranquil retreat has earned a reputation as a haven for bird enthusiasts, drawing in thousands of avid birders annually.

Journey northward towards Mt Carbine, your route will guide you through a quaint hamlet with a historical past known as Maryfarms. Once a notable settlement, Maryfarms bears witness to the region’s evolution. Today, Mt Carbine stands as a testament to its historical roots, offering visitors a glimpse into its mining heritage and the enduring spirit of a town shaped by the resourceful endeavours of its past.




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Kuranda’s Whimsical Charm

1. Kuranda Scenic Railway Start your Kuranda adventure aboard the iconic Kuranda Scenic Railway. This historic railway journey winds its way through the World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park, offering breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls and towering peaks. It is a ride through history and nature that sets the tone for your Kuranda experience. 2. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway For …

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8 Reasons Why Chillagoe should be your next Discovery….

1. Unique Geological Wonders  Chillagoe is home to stunning limestone caves, offering a chance to explore unique geological formations that date back hundreds of millions of years when this area was submerged beneath an inland sea. These ancient limestone formations are a living testament to the region’s incredible geological history, providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity to journey through time and …

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Going Off the Beaten Track…

1. Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Imagine camping amidst a landscape filled with limestone caves and rugged outcrops. Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park is your gateway to this unique adventure. While you can’t camp inside the caves themselves, there are excellent campgrounds in the vicinity where you can pitch your tent or park your caravan. During the day, explore the mysterious caves …

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