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The Great Wheelbarrow Race
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The Great Wheelbarrow Race
Mareeba, Tablelands Area

16 - 18 May

07 4091 4300
1300 362 242

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Follow in the pioneering footsteps of the men and women who made their way to the goldfields west of Cairns in the early 18th century with only a wheelbarrow to carry their possessions. The Great Wheelbarrow Race is a gruelling 149 kilometre race between Mareeba and Chillagoe raising funds for local charities and providing a boost to smaller communities along the way. It is run in three stages: Mareeba to Dimbulah (50 kilometres); Dimbulah to Almaden (65 kilometres); Almaden to Chillagoe (34 kilometres).

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Attracting 450 competitors annually, the event is a test of endurance for solo competitors as they can be on the road pushing a wheelbarrow for up to nine hours each day. Teams of up to 10 people also compete, often wearing themed costumes for the first day of the race and taking turns to push the wheelbarrow during the three-day race.

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How To Get There

The start of the race is in Mareeba at the Mareeba Heritage Centre each year - and ends in the town of Chillagoe - west of Mareeba. Mareeba is in Far North Queensland about 45 minutes from Cairns off the Kennedy Highway.

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Entry costs apply for competitors. Please contact the operator.
Free for spectators.

Event Dates

16 - 18 May

Frequency: Annual

Entry Costs

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Group$340.00   16 - 18 May   teams consist of ten people.


Mareeba Heritage Centre

65 Rankin Street
Queensland Australia 4880

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