Mareeba is the ‘capitol of Cape York’. Although located on the tablelands, Mareeba is the last ‘big’ town when heading north to the far reaches of the Cape York Peninsular.

Mareeba is a very pretty and tidy town that clearly has an active community mindset.

The Mareeba area was first settled by Europeans in 1877 by John Atherton, who arrived with cattle at Emerald End, which is just north of the town today. Mareeba quickly became a busy coach stop for Cobb & Co on the road from Port Douglas to Herberton. When the railway arrived in 1893, Mareeba grew into a busy town.

From 1942 to 1945, up to 10,000 Australian and US service personnel used Mareeba Airfield as a staging post for battles in New Guinea and the Pacific. A casual look at the hotels in Mareeba bears testimony to the war period.

The coffee industry has found a strong foothold in Mareeba.

The Anglican and Catholic Churches are great structures and the United and Muslim also have a presence.

The Mareeba War Memorial is located in the main street.

The Heritage Museum is worth a look but the Becks Museum on the Atherton Road just out of town, that is a privately owned museum, and to a war enthusiast should not be missed. Allow plenty of time at the museum. Any questions and you will find the owner will have an historic mind that will amaze.

A really nice town that deserves, at a minimum an overnight stopover.

Diary notes




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course