The road from
Mareeba to Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way
Shire Council in 2002 as a tribute to the area’s mining pioneers.
The development of
this themed road is an integral part of Council’s
efforts to promote the region. The idea behind the
development of a themed road is really quite simple.
Both interpretive and directional signs are placed
at strategic points so that the whole road corridor
becomes an interpretive trail which draws visitors
deeper and deeper into the region and encourages them
to stay longer, exploring as many options as they
The following quote
from a Mr Peel, an early settler in Chillagoe captures
the essence of the spirit that this name and indeed
the wheelbarrow race are celebrating:
"Dad pushed a
wheelbarrow in which were stacked all of our belongings,
a few pieces of iron which would be used as shelter,
maybe some hessian, a spade, a lantern, a few kitchen
things and very little else. Mum and the children
walked behind, Mum usually with a babe in arms."
Obviously if the Wheelbarrow
Way is to work as a themed road it will have to be
well known and have a very high profile amongst the
travelling public. To help achieve these outcomes
Council has taken on board the suggestion of holding
an annual wheelbarrow race along the Wheelbarrow Way.
The suggestion for the Wheelbarrow Race was made by
Carolyn Bondeson at the October 2003 meeting of the
Chillagoe Tourism Operators Group.
Click on the start button to the right to view
The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2010
- Day 1 Highlights.
The Mareeba Rodeo
Watch spellbound as
rodeo action explodes before you in July. Cheer the
clowns on as they perform death defying feats and
hold your breath as the rough riders fly through the
air. The event commences the Friday night prior to
the rodeo with the Rodeo Queen entrants,
which are paraded through the streets accompanied
by a huge procession of floats where all the township
come out to see.
Where: Kerribee Park Mareeba (camping, parking,
food, bar and toilet facilities available). More info: ph (07) 40 921 583
Far North Queensland Country Music Festival
The Walkamin Country Music Club are running this annual country music festival at Kerribee Park in Mareeba on the second weekend in October each year.
The four days and nights features the annual Talent Quest, Busking Competition, Bush Poetry Competition and two big concerts supported by the best local talent.
When: October Where: Kerribee Park Mareeba More info: Darryl Chaplain 0427780505 or
Cassie Blain 40923542
The Secretary, WCMC Inc., PO Box 1962, Mareeba, 4880
Mutchilba Mango Mardi Gras
The Mutchilba Mango Mardi Gras
(47 km southwest of Mareeba) is held every February call for
It features mango tarts and mango chutney and crowns the best-dressed
mango for good measure.
When: November Where: Mutchilba More info: ph (07) 4093 1101
Mareeba Markets Centenary Park
Come and browse through a large selection of local Arts & Crafts, local exotic fruits
and produce. The Mareeba Markets are an ideal place to find that something special.
When: Monthly Where: Centenary Park Mareeba More info: ph (07) 40 925 674
Click on the start button to the left to view the Mareeba Markets video.