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The Wheelbarrow Race

The Wheelbarrow Race



The "Wheelbarrow Way" Race

The road from Mareeba to Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way by Mareeba 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 choose.

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.

When: May
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  Click on the start button to the right to view The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2010
- Day 1 Highlights.


Mareeba Annual Rodeo


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.

When: July
: 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


Walkamin Country Music Festival





Mutchilba Mango Mardi Gras

The Mutchilba Mango Mardi Gras (47 km southwest of Mareeba) is held every February call for specific dates.

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


Mutchilba Mango Mardi Gras



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.

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