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Mareeba - Hot Air Ballooning, Atherton Tableland
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Mareeba is an hour's drive west of Cairns and its multicultural heritage has given the region its distinctive flavour. The fertile district has a reputation as a food lovers' paradise which can be discovered by visits to tropical fruit farms, coffee plantations, wineries and the Mareeba Markets held on the second and fifth Saturdays of the month.

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Mareeba has a history going back to the gold mining days and has a strong sense of community spirit which sees support for traditional outback sports such as the famous annual Mareeba Rodeo held in July each year and at the Multi-Cultural Festival held annually in August.

An opportunity arises to explore Mareeba's history and heritage at the Mareeba Heritage Museum with expert travel and tourist information given by their Visitor Information Centre, situated in Centenary Park, Mareeba.

Mareeba has perfect conditions for getting airborne with hot air ballooning at sunrise, taking to the air in a microlight or experience a flight in a restored warbird aeroplane from Mareeba Airport.

Nature based experiences can include cooling off in the rock pools after exploring around Emerald Creek Falls where there are public toilets, barbeques and tables, and a walking track leading to an excellent lookout. A popular locals' picnic spot, Davies Creek Falls, also has camping grounds and there is a moderate 850 metre circuit walk which takes you to the head of the falls.

The Mareeba region is acknowledged by birding experts as the richest region for birdlife in Australia. The Mareeba Wetlands is a regionally significant Brolga and Sarus Crane roost, where the best wildlife watching is on the early morning 'Early Birder Tour' or during the 'Reserve Twilight Safari'.

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Property Details


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Golfing
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving

Other Information

Access Car

Cairns is a 65 kilometres drive to the east and Atherton is 30 kilometres to the south both via the Kennedy Hwy. Travelling north on the Peninsula Development Road, Port Douglas is about 95kilometres by sealed road. The Gulf Savannah Way will take you 135 kilometres west to Chillagoe on mostly sealed roads. For the more adventurous the Chillagoe-Wrotham Park road is unsealed in sections however, note there are no services for 563 kilometres with access limited to 4WDs.

General Comments

With around 8,500 residents, Mareeba is the 'Gateway to the Savannah' ranging from rainforests to the Savannah plains. During your visit, experience the delights of a cable car ride over the top of the Kuranda rainforest and the famous Kuranda Markets. Hot Air Ballooning at sunrise or camping in the Outback, watching a western sunset or a guided tour through the famous Chillagoe Limestone Caves. Fancy adventure, then spend the day white water rafting at Barron Gorge. Locally, visit the impressive Heritage Museum and visitor's centre where you will receive expert tourist information and also gain historical knowledge of the region. Take a coffee tasting tour, see the only Mango winery in Australia, bushwalk in the scenic Granite gorge and surrounding national parks. The Mareeba Wetlands Sanctuary will teach you all about the flora and fauna in the region and is a must. Accommodation is available from luxury rainforest retreats to comfortable and affordable farmstay and caravan parks.

Hotel Pick-up

Visitors can arrange to be transferred to accommodation venues from the airport. A taxi service is also available in Mareeba.

How To Get There

All roads in the Mareeba township are sealed and accessible by conventional vehicle. Take a scenic cable car tour from nearby Kuranda through lush rainforest to Cairns and return by cable car or train on the same day. Daily coach and air services are available from Mareeba. Approaching from Cairns in the east, or Atherton in the south, the Kennedy Hwy will be the route to take. Travelling north on the Peninsular Development road, you can reach Port Douglas in approximately 1hour and 30 minutes. The Savannah Way is the favoured route travelling west to Chillagoe and onto the outback. The top alternative between Mareeba and Normanton is the Chillagoe-Wrotham Park road, however note there are no services for 563 kilometres and access is limited to 4WDs. Between December and March, some roads may be closed and drivers are advised to check road and weather conditions.

Access Public Transport

Daily coach services connect to Cairns and surrounding areas regularly through the week and bookings are essential. Mareeba also has a taxi service to transport you around the area if required.

Today's Weather

Currently Temperature Sunrise Sunset Rainfall
Mareeba Weather Today - Mostly cloudy
22 °C 6:06am EST 6:57pm EST 27 mm since 9am

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Weather last updated at 9:21pm Saturday, 31 January 2015.