Mareeba the largest town in the Atherton Tablelands

  • Population:  11,825 (2021 census)
  • Area: 53.491 km²
  • Postcode: 4880
  • Founded: 1877
  • Distance from Cairns
  • Elevation: 417 metres
  • Weather: Coolest temperature is 7.5 degrees C, and the warmest of 39 degrees C

Mareeba is the biggest town on the Atherton Tablelands, with a multicultural population from at least 60 different nationalities.

The history dates back to the gold-mining days in the 1800s. Mareeba served as a railway and communications centre for the mining, dairying, farming and beef industries.

The extensive cropping and grazing fields still host a multitude of farms. They produce many original products, including coffee, tea, bamboo, mangoes and chocolate.

There are vast blue skies over Mareeba. The relatively benign climatic conditions have inspired the development of aerial tourism activities, such as the sublime calm of hot-air ballooning to the thrills of skydive parachuting.

Enthusiasts can watch the sunrise over the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. Soak up the 360-degree panorama in the silence and romance of a hot-air balloon. You will finish with a peaceful drift to the ground under the silk of the parachute.

The dryer environment of Mareeba in the north Tablelands is in stark contrast to the wetter south. It is better understood by visiting the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve. Here you will witness rare and beautiful wildlife in a unique community conservation project.

History of Mareeba

To better understand the area’s makeup, visit the Mareeba Heritage Museum. It features a variety of rare exhibits that offer insight into a rich and fascinating history.

It also sells local crafts and produces souvenirs, books and cowboy hats. Then drop into the Heritage Coffee House. A charming and comfortable place where you will love the locally grown coffee and chocolate.

Mango Wine

Sample the mango wines produced by Golden Drop Winery for something completely different. A Family-owned business. All made from the plantation’s mangos. You will also want to try the Citrus Cellos, Mango Port, and Golden Mango liqueur styles. Cellar door sales and tastings are available.

If you’re visiting in the year’s second half, don’t miss out on two major events, the Mareeba Rodeo (held in July) and the Mareeba Multicultural Festival (held in August).

Mareeba map

Things to do in Mareeba

Mareeba is a charming town in the Atherton Tablelands region of Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The town is known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and unique wildlife, making it a must-visit destination for any traveller to the region. Here are some of the top things to do in Mareeba:

Visit the Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre

The Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre is the perfect place to start your journey in Mareeba. The centre offers a wealth of information on the town’s history, including its Indigenous heritage, mining industry, and World War II connections. The centre also provides a range of local products, making it the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.

Explore the Granite Gorge Nature Park

The Granite Gorge Nature Park is a stunning natural attraction just a short drive from Mareeba. The park is home to various unique wildlife, including rock wallabies and kangaroos, which can be seen up close and personal. The park also features stunning granite boulders, perfect for rock climbing and hiking.

Go hot air ballooning.

Mareeba is known for its stunning views, and what better way to take in the scenery than from a hot air balloon? Several hot air balloon companies in the region offer visitors the chance to soar above the beautiful landscapes of Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands.

Visit the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve

The Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve is a unique conservation area outside Mareeba. The reserve is home to a range of wildlife, including birds, wallabies, and crocodiles, and is an excellent place for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. The reserve also offers a range of walking trails, perfect for exploring the region’s natural beauty.

Enjoy local produce at the Mareeba Markets.

The Mareeba Markets are a popular attraction for locals and visitors, offering a range of local produce and handmade crafts. The markets are held every second Saturday of the month at Centenary Park and are the perfect place to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as souvenirs and gifts.


Mareeba is a town full of history, natural beauty, and unique wildlife, offering visitors a range of activities and attractions to explore. From hiking and wildlife spotting to hot air ballooning and local markets, there is something for everyone in Mareeba. So why not add it to your list of must-visit destinations in Tropical North Queensland?

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