Welcome to Mareeba

This region was once the heart of the country's main tobacco-growing region, but these days Mareeba has turned its soil to more wholesome produce, with fruit orchards and distilleries in addition to the coffee farms. Mareeba's landscape differs dramatically from the higher-altitude central Tablelands and this is the last major town before making the long trips north to Cape York or west to Chillagoe.

Mareeba ('Meeting of the Waters') is the traditional home of the Muluridji people, whose territory stretched north towards Mt Molloy and Mt Carbine. Other tribes in this area included the Bar-Barrum and Walkamin peoples living to the west and Kuku Yalanji to the north.

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$148.29 Day Trips & Excursions

Chillagoe Caves and Outback Day Trip from Cairns

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round, we’ll ascend the McAllister Ranges and head west through Mareeba embarking on a remarkable journey back to prehistoric times, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.Along the way, we will stop for morning tea (Tea, Coffee & cake and sausage rolls).  After morning tea, we travel through the back blocks of this wetland area viewing wallabies, emus and other wildlife and then along the irrigated agricultural paddocks of this fertile area, eventually crossing over the Great Divide and into the Western watershed. (We use a wet weather alternate when the wetlands access is flooded) Travel through historical towns and rolling hills rich in minerals eventually giving way to towering limestone karsts scattered around Chillagoe.We embark on the National Parks Cave Tour to see fossilised remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths. The fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations are nothing short of spectacular. We then delve into the history of the copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon. We visit the remains of the once mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there. Now it’s time for a wonderful Aussie pub lunch. After lunch, we will visit a local souvenir shop and head back towards the east coast, stopping at Granite Gorge where we can feed wallabies.The tour ends with a return drive down the range to Cairns. Note: The tour may be closed or itinerary changed due to the wet season where conditions may close roads and access to the caves.

$143.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tour from Cairns

Your day starts with morning pickup at your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel. Travel up to the inland hills in a comfortable air-conditioned minicoach driven by your guide. Stop at Lake Barrine, located at 2,395 feet (730 meters) above sea level within Crater Lakes National Park. The biggest of the natural volcanic lakes in the region, Lake Barrine is known for its towering twin Kauri pines that are estimated to be 1,000 years old. Follow your guide on a short walk in the fresh mountain air to see this national treasure.Then have a seat on the balcony of the 80-year-old tea house and take in views of Lake Barrine while snacking on a delicious Devonshire tea consisting of locally grown tea or coffee and fresh-baked scones.Continue your route through the Atherton Tablelands, traveling through the historic towns of Yungaburra, Atherton, Tolga and Mareeba. Stop at local farms for a behind-the-scenes look at their operations, with exclusive access to a macadamia nut farm and a tour of a coffee plantation. You also taste chocolates and cheese at a dairy farm where they handcraft a range of delicious sweets and dairy products. At each stop, you'll learn about their foods and production methods, and packaged goods are available to purchase.Around midday, pop into a historic pub for a hearty seafood lunch. Then visit a winery for a tasting of their tropical fruit wines, made from fruits such as lychee, mango, mulberry, bush cherry and passion fruit.Get great photo ops of the famous Curtain Fig Tree, a strangler fig that grows on top of a host tree. This specimen, one of the tallest in north Queensland, has impressive aerial roots that measure 49 feet (15 meters) long. After a full day of great food and fascinating commentary, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

$983.77 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Cairns Scenic Helicopter Flight Including Atherton Tablelands

This is our newest addition to our scenic tour packages on the Atherton Tablelands, and we are very proud of what we have been able to create for our guests at the very best price.To the discerning traveller, the opportunity to enjoy customised and personalised helicopter flights and packages is now here on the Atherton Tablelands for the first time, and we will get you to your destination from Cairns or the Northern Beaches upon your request. You will be collected from your hotel accommodation in or near Cairns at approx. 7:30am and taken by road to the Atherton Tablelands via the spectacular McAllister Range to the Tableland town of Mareeba and its airport. Here you will meet your pilot and become familiar with your aircraft during a safety briefing. Then it’s time to fly.Fly south on your 30-minute flight from Mareeba airport over Tinaroo Dam and the spillway. Tinaroo is not only a popular fishing and water skiing haven but also the source of the highly productive Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigation scheme, but most importantly makes for some mind-blowing photos that even the locals haven’t seen. From here, it's on to the lush rainforest and undulating farmland around the picture-perfect crater Lakes regions of Lake Barrine and Eacham. Your pilot will circle around these crater lakes and even hover for that perfect photo opportunity. Now its time to circle around some of the most fertile agricultural farming country you'll ever see, with the famous extinct volcanic mountains of the 7 sisters as your backdrop. Then you fly over the picturesque historical village of Yungaburra, don’t forget to wave to the locals below. Upon your return to Mareeba airport there is still time to capture different angles of the red soil farming lands across Mango, avocado banana macadamia and coffee plantations before landing.Now it's time to travel by road I take you to see the most outstanding scenery you have just flown over, but now we get to experience the flora and fauna at ground level. walk slowly through the forest and take in the sound of many various native birds unique to Australias tropical rainforests. See the famous giant Kari Pines over 1000 years old, to the smallest ferns mosses and lichens of the oldest world heritage listed rainforest in the world. See the best waterfalls lookouts and unique wildlife this tropical paradise has to offer.Enjoy a huge lunch planned around your diet and taste. Visit wineries, coffee plantations and dairy farms, before your leisurely descent down the Lamb Range to Cairns and the driveway of your accommodation . 

$1519.05 Private & Custom Tours

Private Scenic Flight Reef and Rainforest Tour

Included in this exclusive VIP tour, I will personally collect you from your accommodation, in or near the Cairns CBD, and transfer you to the Cairns regional airport. Here you will be introduced to your pilot and given a 10 min safety briefing before boarding your aircraft* for your scenic flight over the GBR.Click away on your camera at the captivating vivid colours of the coral reefs and the sandy white Island cays of this pristine world heritage area. Enjoy over 40 mins of flight time on the reef, before heading towards the mainland and across the mountains to the Atherton Tablelands.Upon landing in the Tableland town of Mareeba's airport, I will meet you to continue our tour through the rich agricultural soils of the Tablelands as we travel towards our second world heritage site.During the remainder of our tour you will be treated to breathtaking views of deep grassy valley gorges, dairy pastures, ancient giant trees of the forest, extinct volcanic crater lakes, majestic waterfalls, and of course all the unique native fauna that is happy to call this paradise home.Lunch is served according to your personal dietary requirements and is included in the price, as is your return transfer to your accommodation some 9 hrs later. This tour really is a cut above the rest for price, service and scenic beauty. Where else can you visit two world heritage listed wonders of the world in just one day?

$566.38 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cairns Atherton Tableland Diversity Tour

You will be collected from your Cairns accommodation and taken directly to the Smithfield Skyrail station, embarking upon your Skyrail adventure expect to be awestruck as you gently sail above the World Heritage Listed Tropical rainforest of Kuranda towards the Atherton Tablelands, truly a sight never to be missed. Take in the sights of Barron Gorge and its spectacular waterfall. photograph ancient world heritage rainforest and the spectacular coral coast and fringe. Now its time to catch your cruise down the Barron River, You can expect to see the endangered Southern Cassowary, an array of rare bird life, reptiles and plant life endemic to this area. Your cruise time will also include a delicious morning tea. Continuing half an hour by road we begin to see contrasting changes in the landscape as we drive towards the Savannah Region and dine on fine cuisine for lunch at a well-known outback Cafe' or a working coffee plantation situated in Mareeba, either location offers a beautiful backdrop looking over the peaks of the Great Dividing Range and savannah gardens.  After lunch, it's time for your optional 40 min scenic helicopter flight from Mareeba Airport. Fly over Tinaroo Dam, Lake Barrine, Lake Eacham and the Tablelands heritage town of Yungaburra. You can even ask the pilot to hover or slowdown to capture that once in a lifetime shot. After your Helicopter adventure, it's time to explore the Golden Drop Mango Winery, a large-scale, tropical fruit winery on a working mango plantation. Here you can sample and purchase your choice of lovely refreshing tropical Mango Wines, together with Citrus Cellos, Mango Port, and Golden Mango liqueur style wines. A unique locally owned 100% Australian company. Finally, we take the inland road back down towards Port Douglas, via the small outback timber town of Mt Molloy. Watch the landscape turn from savannah wetlands to rainforest in just 30 mins as we wind our way back to the coastal fringe, and drive the heritage listed scenic coastal drive towards Cairns. If time prevails, tapas under the coconut palms by the sea at Palm Cove will make a great finish to your day. Now the challenge is up to you. Tell me where you would find this diversity and value for money on any other tour in Cairns? See you on tour soon!

$115.01 Day Trips & Excursions

Cairns to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Markets Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Smithfield, Cairns Region, QueenslandAfter your hotel pickup from Cairns or Northern Beaches, travel to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your memorable journey up the Kuranda Range taking in the spectacular views over Cairns Northern Beaches.  There are two stops on your journey for you to enjoy the rainforest and wildlife.You will then be able to have a short visit in the sleepy little village of Kuranda where you will find many stalls and handicrafts.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Jaques Coffee Plantation, Mareeba, QueenslandWe travel to Jaques Coffee Plantation in Mareeba, a working coffee farm where you will enjoy a guided tour of the plantation and liquor tasting followed by a delicious lunch with coffee or tea.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, Mareeba, QueenslandA short distance away in Mareeba is the Mareeba Heritage Museum where you can step back in time and learn about the history of the Atherton Tablelands.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Emerald Creek Falls, Mareeba, QueenslandTo round off the day we stop off at Emerald Creek Ice Creamery near Emerald Creek Falls where you can partake in your choice of one of their hand made ice creams (single).On your way back down the Kuranda Range for your hotel drop off you will have the option of stopping at the Henry Ross Lookout for a spectacular afternoon view of Cairns.Duration: 1 hour