Mareeba

Mareeba is located 62km southwest of Cairns and is known as the coffee capital of Australia, with the local plantations collectively producing over 70 percent of the nation’s coffee crops. The town’s surrounding area also offers wineries, wetlands, waterfalls and Granite Gorge.

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The predominant coffee industry is apparent in and around the town. From the abundance of cafes serving local aromatic coffees in town to the plantations and coffee farms on the outskirts. You just have to get amongst it. The coffee trail begins east of town on Kennedy Highway where Tichum Creek Coffee Farm and Jacques Coffee Plantation are located. In the centre on Mason St is Coffee World which offers unlimited all day tastings included in the admission fee. West of town on Mareeba-Dimbulah Rd is North Queensland Gold Plantation and Skybury Coffee. All offer tastings and tours and the final product is absolutely delicious.

The fertile farmland in this region also produces an array of tropical fruits such as mangoes, berries, melons and bananas used to produce local fruit wines and liqueurs. The local wine trail begins north of town at the Golden Drop Mango Winery on Bilwon Rd, to de Brueys Boutique Wines near town off Tinaroo Creek Rd, then south of town to Mt Uncle Distillery on Chewko Rd at Walkamin. Tantalise your tastebuds in Mareeba at one or all of these quality establishments offering exquisite tropical flavours to tempt the palate.

The Heritage Museum and Information Centre has remarkable displays depicting both the historic and modern day Mareeba region and is a great place to seek information about the town and surrounding attractions. Located at the southern end of town on Kennedy Hwy, just look out for The Big Bull.

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The Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve is 14km north of town via Pickford Rd and is open daily between 9am-4.30pm. Admission to the visitor centre and café is free. The café serves light lunches, coffee and refreshments and overlooks a picturesque lake with lilies and birdlife. A telescope and viewing platform on the deck allows birdwatchers to look out for any of the 200 species which have been identified here over time. Boat tours are available here and a conservation pass costing $12 per adult and $6 per child is required to access the walking trails.

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Emerald Creek Falls is situated east of town via Kennedy Hwy. mareeba-emerald-creek-falls The turnoff is 4km along and then a further 12km in to the falls, consisting of 8km of unsealed road not permitting caravans. A relatively easy 1km walk with a constant incline leads to the top of the falls which look very impressive powering down over the granite mound. The falls follow a series of rapids and rock pools to swimmable holes below. Emerald Creek Falls is a day use area only.

Davies Creek Falls turnoff is 15km from town via Kennedy Hwy, past Emerald Creek Falls. The 8km access road to the falls is narrow and winding through the highlands. An easy 200m walk to the falls leads to a lookout over the ferocious falls plunging to the rock pool below. An 850m circuit follows the creek and back around to the carpark.

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Granite Gorge is 12km from town on Chewko Rd and is a unique and awesome experience. A plethora of granite boulders cover the area with Granite Creek meandering its way through the rocks and forming swimming holes and a natural spa. These boulders are a native Rock Wallaby Sanctuary and these gorgeous friendly creatures feed right out of your hand and some enjoy a pat too. It really is a fantastic experience getting so close to nature. Pellets are available at reception for a small fee. Granite Gorge also has a camp ground with powered and unpowered sites, camp kitchen, cabin accommodation and kiosk.

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Mareeba has several caravan parks to accommodate visiting travellers and there is plenty to see and do around here. If you can time your visit right you might be lucky enough to attend the popular Mareeba Rodeo held each July or the Multicultural Festival in August.


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