This Driver Reviver site received grant funding from the Australian Government and is a community initiative set up to address fatigue related road trauma.

The Mareeba Heritage Centre has used that money to purchase equipment, including outdoor stainless steel coffee cart with storage cabinets on heavy duty castor wheels, outdoor bar fridge and hot water urns.   The kiosk is situated on the front deck area of the Visitor Centre with picnic tables, shade, amenities, free WIFI and access to power.

“Having the Mareeba Visitor Information Centre as an official Driver Reviver rest stop, during campaign periods, means drivers can plan ahead knowing they have somewhere to stop, grab a coffee and some biscuits, use the amenities and learn more about the whole region before safely going on their way.”

The Centre draws on a team of 45 volunteers who already help visitors reach their destination safely . . .

. . . now we can also bring the gift of safety!

The Visitor Information Centre is open every day except for some gazetted public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday) and is a popular tourist destination, especially with the drive market, welcoming 65,000 visitors per annum.

The Centre is situated on the main road (Kennedy Highway) that leads to the Mareeba township and captures travellers to/from Atherton, Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman, Cooktown, the Cape and to beyond allowing drivers to better manage fatigue with the aim of reducing opportunities for road accidents.

First and foremost the Driver Reviver offers an inclusive, safe, welcoming and public location to drivers to take a break and reduce driver fatigue.  The Driver Reviver provides opportunity to encourage travellers to stay longer, include some Mareeba experiences into their trips and visit the Mareeba Heritage Museum.

The message is simple:  STOP, REVIVE, SURVIVE.

Driver reviver sites nationally operate on different dates and at different hours. The dates and times they operate may change due to weather, events or unforeseen circumstances.

Visit the interactive driver reviver map to locate driver reviver sites, obtain GPS coordinates and find out more about site facilities.

For further comment, please call Janet Greenwood, General Manager, Mareeba Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre, on 4092 2906.

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