Welcome to Chillagoe
Evidence of Aboriginal settlement here goes back an estimated 37,000 years: the traditional owners of this land are the Wakamin people who called the area Wookathaka.
In 1910, Chillagoe's population peaked at 10,000; today, it's about 190. Marble is still quarried here and was used in the construction of Parliament House in Canberra.
Although not part of the Atherton Tablelands, Chillagoe is reached via Mareeba, from where the Wheelbarrow Way takes you deep into the northern outback. As in most outback towns, you needn't worry about remembering the names of any characters you encounter: everyone goes by 'mate'.