Mareeba Heritage Museum and Tourist Information Centre is an attraction in its own right. Sure travellers get their touring questions answered seven days a week, but there is a lot more to the centre at 345 Byrnes St, Centenary Park, Mareeba.
The Museum has 23 displays which include aboriginal culture, a unique motor rail ambulance,settlers hut with memorabilia from the regions history, turn of the century telephone exchange and aprinting press.
The insights on show also include items from industry, dairy, tobacco, mining andcommunications. The biggest display, which went into place last year, covers the tobacco industryfrom 1930 to 2004.
There is also a historic railway carriage and blacksmiths shop in the backyard. This a comfortableNorth Queensland road touring experience which starts with plenty of parking space, leads to widecool verandahs with wheelchair access and has the travel essential which is noted in surveys as amust have - clean toilets.
The township of Mareeba is an hours drive via the Kuranda Range road north west of Cairns. Thedrive passes through amazing landscape changes from the coastal rainforest regions to thesavannah bush lands so typical to Australia.
From Mareeba the townships of Dimbulah andChillagoe are about 45 minutes and two hours away respectively.
Chillagoe is renowned for its famous limestone caves and mining history. South from Mareebathrough Atherton and Herberton the quiet country roads lead to Irvinebank.
At the turn of thecentury John Moffat controlled a vast mining operation, then equivalent to today's BHP-Billiton,from Irvinebank. Visitors can enter the private world of this legendary financier and tycoon andvisit Loudoun House Museum.
The Mareeba Heritage Museum and Tourist Information Centre has the local knowledge to add tothe experiences available to visitors. The centre is open from 8am to 4pm.
Atherton Information Centre find answers.
The Atherton Information Centre is a fully accredited member of the Queensland InformationCentre Association. Located in the centre of the Atherton Tablelands, the Information Centre ispositioned near attractions, tours and accommodation on the corner of Main and Silo Roads,Atherton.
The centre aims to effectively promote local businesses, encourage people to shop locally staylocally and enable them to find local employment.
The centre strives for excellence in all the services and information it provides.
The range of tourism services provided include:
Bookings local, Cape York and Queensland accommodation, tours and attractions.Itinerary planning.
Tourism packs for individuals and also groups.
Re-location packs for newcomers moving to the area.
Road conditions from the RACQ.
Weather conditions from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Transportation info - bus timetable, taxi details, and bus tours.
Sporting information, venues and times.
Church Services - venues, times and directions.
Doctors, dentists and chemists information.
Fact sheets on local subjects for school children.
Arts and culture - details of art galleries and displays.
Walking and cycling clubs - meetings and areas.
Camping areas - National Parks, caravan parks and campgrounds.
Accommodation including camping, cabins, hotels, motels, bed breakfast, and luxurydestinations.
Maps- the centre has Hema maps covering all states of Australia plus UBDs, and motoringbooks for 4WD and truck drivers.Bookings for all attractions and accommodation in and around the Atherton Tablelands,Cooktown, Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
Prices of all the major attractions, including Skyrail, the Kuranda Train, hot air ballooning, reef tripcompanies, horse riding, helicopter flights, microlight flights, scenic flights with light airplanes. Pricesof Cape York, Daintree and Cape Tribulation tour companies.
The Atherton Information Centre is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.
It is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.www.itablelands.com.au
Unique de Brueys turn tropic fruit into fine wines
The Winery and Cellar Door of the the unique de Brueys Boutique Winery and Functions Venue,is located near Mareeba at their 15ha mango orchard on the Atherton Tablelands/CairnsHighlands, North Queensland. Bob and Elaine de Brueys moved to the property from Cairns in thelate nineties and the first Cellar Door opened for business in July 2003.
Tropical fruit trees were planted to supply fruit for wines they planned including jaboticaba, lychee,mulberry and bush cherry (native Nth Qld fruit exclusive to de Brueys). Stage Two of the projectstarted in 2005, with the excavation and construction of the underground wine cellar, followed bythe new Cellar Door and Function Room.
Bob and Elaine say Mareeba, is an ideal centre in which to live and establish a winery because thearea is renowned for its abundance and availability of tropical fruits. It is close to the internationalairport and tourist centre of Cairns (50 minutes drive by car). Mareeba's high elevation on theTablelands to the west of Cairns (500m), results in low humidity and cooler days and nights.
de Brueys took out the Best Liqueur trophy with two of their liqueurs at the Australian Fruit WineAwards with Best Liqeur for their Flagship Coffee Elixir and Tropical Temptation. Their fruitwines are also Aust Fruit Wine Award winners.
de Brueys Boutique Wines is on the Cairns side of Mareeba (2km from the main Highway, offTinaroo Creek Road).
Driving to Mareeba from Cairns or Kuranda along the Kennedy Highway, turn left into TinarooCreek Road at the big shed just before entering Mareeba, then almost immediately right intoFichera Road, following the Boutique Winery signs.
Pioneer attitude drives NQ Golden Drop
Golden Drop Winery is the family owned and operated business of Charles Nastasi and wife Lucy,together with their sons, Sam and wife Jackie, Dino and wife Maria, daughter Grace, and sisterLena. In 1975 Charles Nastasi decided to diversify from tobacco and planted his first 3,600mango trees near Mareeba on North Queensland's Atherton Tableland. His plantation now hasmore than 17,500 trees, which makes it one of the biggest mango plantation in Australia.
But when the fruit industry showed signs of instability Charles chose to diversify into producingcommercially viable wine from mangoes. Some thought it could not be done. Making wine frommangoes is technically very different from producing grape wines and required a great deal ofresearch and development.
In 1992 Charles and his two sons, Sam and Dino started researching wine making and establisheda winery on their Biboohra property, near Mareeba. Golden Pride Wineries successfully launchedtheir first commercial wines a dry, a medium, and a sweet wine in early 1999.
At that time the winery was the first commercial Mango Winery in the world.
Tourists from all overthe world now visit the winery daily. In addition to tropical mango wines, they enjoy Citrus Cellos,Mango Port, and Golden Mango liqueur style wine.
Our aims were to produce a commercially viable wine from mangoes, and to develop a unique
100 percent solely owned and operated Australian tourism attraction and we have succeeded,
Charles Nastasi says.
Mareeba Rodeo sponsors plaque 2013
Editors note: For the third year running GoSeeAustralia is among the major Mareeba event sponsors.
Weather: During the day the average Mareeba July temperature is 25.4C (highest 34.9C), but thetemperature drops down to an average 11C at night (lowest 0.7C).
So take a hat and sunscreenfor the day and a coat for the night. Cairns is a 65 kilometres drive to the east and Atherton is 30kilometres to the south both via the Kennedy Hwy. Travelling north on the Peninsula DevelopmentRoad, Port Douglas is about 95 kilometres by sealed road.
The Gulf Savannah Way runs 135kilometres west to Chillagoe on mostly sealed roads. www.mareebarodeo.com.au
Hillbilly Deluxe, Mareeba Rodeo.
Looking over the edge, Mareeba Rodeo
Riding for a fall, Mareeba Rodeo
Who is throwing who, Mareeba Rodeo