Situated on the dramatic Atherton Tableland, Mareeba is located between the confluence of the Barron River, Granite Creek and Emerald Creek. Originally inhabited by the Muluridji people, the town’s name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “meeting of waters.” Mareeba was first settled by Europeans in 1877 and quickly established itself as an important stop on the road from Port Douglas to Herberton. With the arrival of the railroad in 1893, Mareeba grew from a small hamlet into a thriving town. With lush rainforest scenery and a thriving agricultural industry, Mareeba offers much to see and do.
- Hike through Granite Gorge Nature Park
This privately owned Nature Park is home to a fascinating pack of rock wallabies. With an affordable camping ground fully equipped with kitchen, laundry, and bathroom facilities it is also a great place to spend a few days
- Explore the Mareeba Wetlands
Established in 1996, this twenty-square kilometer reserve is a bird lover’s paradise. Created using overflow water exiting the Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation Area, the wetlands attract a vast variety of exotic bird species and are also home to terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Guided walks, boat tours, and canoe rentals are all available.
- Taste seasonal liqueurs at Mt Uncle Distillery
Mareeba is home to a number of whiskey and tropical wine producers, but the award-winning Mt. Uncle Distillery is without a doubt among the best of the best. Nestled between avocado groves and macadamia nut orchards, this distillery is famous for its elixir de musa, a unique banana liqueur. The distillery relies exclusively on its own produce and utilizes a strict all natural approach in the production of all liqueurs, ensuring products free of any kind of chemical additives.
- Take a tour of North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation
An Australian coffee mecca, the North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation produces pure, Australian tropical Arabica coffee. The eccentric owner, Bruno, makes use of a strict “seed to cup” policy, meaning that the plantation controls every aspect of the coffee production, from the planting of the coffee plants to the harvesting of the coffee beans to the roasting and grinding. Bruno has spent that last 41 years building his business and perfecting his process so a visit here is well worth it. Not only is the tour truly fascinating but we also promise that you’ll end up with the best cup of coffee of your life.