What to see & do

DIMBULAH RAILWAY STATION MUSEUM & INFORMATION CENTRE

images-dimbulah_stationsmTel: 4093 5999
The Museum is open part time, as it is staffed by volunteers. Currently it is open Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Road signs as you enter Dimbulah clearly indicate the location of the information center. Notice boards across the rail line from the station also indicate when the centre is open.

STOP! REVIVE! SURVIVE! With a FREE CUPPA at the museum provided with the co-operation of Queensland Transport and local Tableland businesses. Enjoy a quiet chat. View the displays. Stay at the well-appointed Dimbulah Caravan Park, which also has on-site cabins. Visit some local attractions.

 

CAIRNS OUTBACK – WHAT TO SEE AND DO

 

BIRD WATCHING

320px-Birdwatching_on_beachThe Cairns Outback is the premier bird watching region in Australia! Julatten attracts legions of birdwatchers each year. Of particular interest in summer, is the spectacular Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. Close by is the Abattoir Environmental & Bird Hide (spotting shelter) and the Euluma Creek Road Circuit.
Mt. Carbine lists 190 species. At Mt Molloy over 300 species (more than Kakadu National Park) have been recorded within a 15km radius of the town.
The 5000 acre Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve, between Mareeba and Mt Molloy, is both a bird life and wildlife habitat, with over 200 recorded species of birds, including the elusive Buff-breasted Button-quail. The Reserve is also host to a joint Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Mareeba Wetland Foundation re-introduction project for the endangered Gouldian Finch. The Nyleta Wetlands in Hastie Swamp National Park, outside Atherton, is part of a bird conservation network on the Tablelands. Chillagoe has given its name to the Chillagoe Swiftlet.

HORSE RIDING
TAIT’s WONGABEL STABLES

Deep Creek Rd, Wongabel QLD 4883 Tel: (07) 4091 2070
Email: horseholidays@bigpond.com.auRiding_horse_on_farm
Web:  www.wongabel.com.au
Host:  Sheila Tait
Tait’s Wongabel Stables lies at a point more or less central to Atherton, Malanda and Herberton, approximately 15 – 20 kms from each. Stock Routes and the railway line served an extensive beef-related industry in the area. During WW11 the army had training grounds throughout Wongabel, including an Ambulance Station, bakery, boot repair site and a gravel quarry. The foundations of some buildings are still visible throughout the region, though many relics are on private land. Logging tracks later extended from the Stock Route. The area is reached by bitumen roads with a short stretch of dirt road in Deep Creek Road. More information about horse riding is available on the website. Phone enquiries are welcome.

CAVE TOURS

Tel: (07) 4094 7111
Fax: (07) 4094 7122
Chillagoe National Park’s guides conduct tours daily, except Christmas Day.
Tickets available at The Chillagoe Interpretive Centre (The Hub).

Chifley-Cave-Tour-at-Jenolan-CavesTour times and prices (per person): Donna Cave 9.00am $11.00 child $ 8.80
Trezkin 11.00am $11.00 child $ 8.80
Royal Arch 1.30pm $13.75 child $11.00

Additional tours available during holiday/busy periods. Special group tours available on request. Concessions for pensioners and groups.

 

CHILLAGOE INTERPRETIVE & INFORMATION CENTRE (THE HUB)

images-hub2smQueen Street, Chillagoe 4871
Tel: (07) 4094 7111
Fax: (07) 4094 7122
Email: chillagoehub@bigpond.com
Web: www.chillagoehub.com.au
Hosts: Jim & Tonia Evans
Open week-days 8.00am -5.00pm Open week-ends 8.00am -3.30pm Closed Christmas Day.
Booking Agent for National Parks Cave Tours (see Cave Tours). EFTPOS facilities available for purchase of cave tickets only.
The Hub is home to an excellent time-line heritage display, encompassing The Wheelbarrow Way region. Commencing from the “big bang” the display counts down geologically and historically to the present day. Hear the story of the discovery of Dave the Plesiosaur that swam in the warm waters around Chillagoe, at a time when the great dinosaurs roamed the earth.
No admission charge

 

CHILLAGOE ARTS & CRAFTS & LAUNDROMAT 
images-arts_craftssmQueen Street, Chillagoe 4871
Tel: (07) 40947139 Fax (07) 40947139
Hosts: Sue & Colin Colman
Open: 8.00am -5.00pm every day except Christmas Day, Open later on request from groups. Marble Souvenirs. Post Cards. T -shirts. Books. Souvenir Guides. Rock specimens. Aboriginal Art. Credit Cards accepted.

 

CHILLAGOE BP FUEL DEPOT & VINTAGE FORD DISPLAY

Airport Road, Chillagoe 4871
Tel: (07) 40947108 Fax: (07) 40947108
Hosts: Bonny & Tom Prior
Open daily 8.00am to 6.00pm. Extended hours available for groups. Fuel -Oils -Kerosene – Aircraft Fuel. Inspect Tom’s collection of Vintage Fords, which include amongst others, Ford Blitz, 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier, T-Model Ford, and Ford Pilot. BP Cards only accepted Tom Prior is also a Living Treasure.

 

CHILLAGOE CREEK HOMESTEAD & FOSSIL HOUSE
images-1fossiltransmHost: Mary Bolam
Web : www.athertontablelands.com/fossils
Chillagoe Creek Homestead and Fossil House invites you to travel back in time. Take an extraordinary journey through an ever-changing landscape. Learn of the ancient coral reef, the remnants of which can still be seen today.
Move down through the time line to an age, when the great dinosaurs walked the Earth but where, off Chillagoe, the giant marine reptiles swam in the deep waters of the Aptian Sea. As we journey through the aeons we arrive to see the megafauna, the giant wombats, the diprotodaon and the palorchestids, feeding on the tall grasses, with a backdrop of limestone bluffs and startling vistas. For those who are interested, three books are available for sale:
‘The Chillagoe Smelter Story’ – ‘A to Z of Chillagoe Fossils’ – ‘The Saga of the Old Township of Mungana’
These books are writen by Mary Bolam who is a local historian and recipient of 4 International Tourism Awards. Mary also is an experienced tour operator, school groups and specific interest tours are catered for. (07) 4094 7160

 

COFFEE WORKS – Mason St MAREEBA

2531546660_b48be3a53b_o136 Mason Street, Mareeba 4880 Tel: (07) 4092 4101 Hosts: Rob & Annie Webber
Web: www.coffeeworks.com.au
Email: info@coffeeworks.com.au
Indulge a little, Discover a lot when you visit the Coffee Works in Mareeba, just one hour from Cairns and Port Douglas. Check out Coffee Works many wonders, you are guaranteed a totally delicious day out. Explore the gift shop, it’s packed to the rafters with incredible edibles, gourmet gifts and an ever changing array of stunning, unusual and affordable gifts. Relax in lush tropical surrounds with Flaming Fabulous BBQ Lunches, Sweet Treats, Exceptional Espresso, and Superb Gelato. Over 50 fabulous chocolate flavors are created onsite in the Coffee Works own boutique Chocolaterie. The main event is Coffee World, the biggest, best and most significant collection of coffee artifacts in the world, presented as one exhibition, for the first time in history.

 

de BRUEYS BOUTIQUE WINES
189 Fichera Road, Mareeba 4880
i-headerTel/Fax: (07) 4092 4515
Hosts: Bob & Elaine de Brueys
Web: www.debrueys.com.au
Email: info@debrueys.com.au
Cellar Door open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (except Good Friday, Anzac Day to 1pm, Christmas Day). Drive through scenic mango orchards to visit our unique Winery on Fichera Road, Mareeba, on the Cairns side of town. Driving from Cairns, just as Mareeba is reached, turn left off the Kennedy Highway into Tinaroo Creek Road, and take the first turn on the right into Fichera Road. Taste, enjoy and take home a selection of the huge range of exotic tropical wines, liqueurs and ports. Varieties range from mango, passionfruit and jaboticaba to lychee, native bush cherry, strawberry and mulberry. Liqueurs include rum and chocolate, an award winning coffee liqueur, and delectable cream style liqueurs. All have been made on site by winemaker Bob de Brueys, from local and our own fruits. A great gift idea, and all products can be reordered from the online shop at www.debrueys.com.au

 

GOLDEN DROP WINERY – BIBOOHRA

images-goldendrop227 Bilwon Road, BIBOOHRA 4880
Tel: (07) 4093 2750
Hosts: Charles & Lucy Nastasi
Web: www.goldendrop.com.au
Email: info@goldendrop.com.au
Golden Drop Winery is family owed and operated, the winery was establised in 1999 by Charles Nastasi and sons. The boutique winery produces very unique products such as 3 x Mango Wines, Mango Sparkling, Mango Port, Mango Cello and a variety of Citrus Cellos, a great gift idea. The Cellar door is open to the public daily, except for Good Friday, Anzac Day open after 1pm and Xmas Day. Visit our cellar door for a unique taste sensation all tastings are free if purchasing. Tasting hours are from 9am to 5.30pm daily, follow the signs to 227 Bilwon Road, Biboohra, via Mareeba. Phone orders are welcome anytime just call 07 4093 2577 or visit our web site. We also have a cellar door at Kuranda, Paronella Park together with selected bottle shops in Atherton/Cairns/Port Douglas also available at Cairns International/Domestic terminals.

Cairns Jet Base – Adagold

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Building T20 Cairns International Airport,Cairns, Queensland, 4870
Tel: (07) 4034 9318
Web: http://www.adagold.com.au/contact/cairns-jet-base/
Email: cnsops@adagold.com
Adagold can help you get from Cairns to any of the far flung locales in Far north Queensland that you would like to add to your trip. they are based at Cairns airport, and can have a suitable jet available for trips across the reef, the Whitsundays, Green island, etc.

 

INFORMATION CENTRES

Atherton Info Centre
(07) 4091 4222
Chillagoe Info Centre -The Hub
(07) 4094 7111
Mareeba Heritage Museum
(07) 4092 5674
Dimbulah Railway Stn. Museum
(07) 4093 5265
Herberton Visitor’s Centre
(07) 4096 2244
Innisfail Information Centre
(07) 4061 7422
Mission Beach Visitor Centre
(07) 4068 7099
Malanda Falls Visitor Centre
(07) 4096 6957
Ravenshoe Visitor’s Centre
(07) 40977700
Kuranda Visitor Info Centre
(07) 4093 9311

 

LIVING TREASURES

Steve Shattuck/CSIRO Australia

The Cairns Outback Tourism Development Association has implemented a programme in which recognition has been given to long term residents of the region, who have made major contributions to the community. At this time, four persons have been nominated – 1 of whom are easily accessible for a chat.
Thomas Prior, Chillagoe. Tom’s great uncles utilized traction engines in the very early 1900′ s, to cart copper ore from OK to the Mungana railhead. Tom has a collection of Ford motor vehicles, which are his pride and joy. Tom operates the BP Depot just off Airport Road.

 

MAREEBA TROPICAL SAVANNA AND WETLAND RESERVE

Tel: 1800 788 755
Email: info@jabirusafarilodge.com.au
Web : www.jabirusafarilodge.com.au
Contacts: Liz Cayzer – Tourism Naturally
This 5000-acre savanna Reserve is located near Mareeba, just off the Wheelbarrow Way between Mareeba and Mt Molloy. (see map)
Open: Daily 9.00am – 4.30pm (to 6.30 for Sunset Safari Guests) Closed Feb/March each year for the wet season.
Discover the rare and beautiful wildlife of the Australian outback. Here 2000 ha of savanna woodlands and grasslands merge with lily decked lagoons to provide the perfect outback experience.
Over 200 recorded species of birds are found on the reserve and include the elusive Buff-breasted Buttonquail, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Freckled Duck, Brolga, Sirus Crane and Blacked-necked Stork. Mammals include Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Common Wallaroo, Whip-tailed Wallaby, Agile Wallaby, Echidna and Dingo, amongst 22 recorded species.
There is also a nationally recognized Gouldian Finch reintroduction program.

All activities start from the Visitor Centre, located on the shores of Clancy’s Lagoon.Entry to the visitor centre is free. 18 km of self guided walking trails included in the conservation pass: $10 adult & $5 child, eco boat cruises on Clancy’s Lagoon $12.50 adult $6.00 child and our popular Sunset Safari departs daily at 3.30pm $55 adults $27.50 child.
Jabiru Safari Lodge
Wake up to a dawn chorus alive with the sounds of the Blue-winged Kookaburra and Brolga and listen to the distinctive call of the Southern Boobook while stargazing under the southern sky.
Located within the Wetland Reserve is the Jabiru Safari Lodge. Accommodation in three deluxe ensuite African-style safari lodges and 2 ensuite eco-cabins. Each safari tent is appointed with comfortable beds and linen, a shaded verandah with private BBQs and tables and chairs perfect for bird watching reading and enjoying the sights, sounds and scents of the Australian tropical savanna. Enjoy a glass of champagne as the sun sets over Clancy’s lagoon. “Outback with a touch of class!”

WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS
PO Box 472 HERBERTON 4872
Tel: (07) 4096 2266 Fax: (07) 4096 2366
Email: wildex@austarnet.com.au
Web: www.wildex.com.au
Host: Tim Daniel
Walking treks & camping with Pack Donkeys. Day walks & picnics; overnight & extended camping treks; rainforest circuits & outback safaris; tents, tables, chairs & camp stretcher beds supplied; nothing to carry; explore pioneer tracks, pack horse & mule roads; follow explorers’ routes. Campfires, good food & complimentary wine.

 

EVENTS

Dimbulah Lions Festival
1st weekend May
Chillagoe Big Weekend
2nd weekend in May
Mareeba-Chillagoe Wheelbarrow Way Race
3rd weekend in May
Irvinebank John Moffat Festival
4th weekend in May
Chillagoe Country Music
3rd Fri, Sat, Sun in July
Mareeba Rodeo
2nd week in July
Far North Bush Poetry Festival
4th -6th August at the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetlands Reserve.
Dimbulah St.Anthony’s Fair
November

MARKETS

Mareeba
2nd Saturday in month
Mt. Molloy
1st Saturday in month
Chillagoe Dec, Mar, June, Sept

 

MUSEUMS

Dimbulah & District Railway Station Museum
Chillagoe Heritage Museum,
Loudoun House, Irvinebank
Mareeba Heritage Centre, Mareeba
Tyrconnell Outback Experience & Historic Gold Mine

 

QUEENSLAND RAILThe Savannahlander
Cairns Central Railway Station Bunda Street, Cairns 4870 Tel: (07) 4036 9249
Cairns -Mareeba -Almaden -Mt. Surprise- Einasleigh. A must do train experience.WALKING TRACKSRequest information from Information Centres.

 

SUPPLIES

FOOD STORES
Chillagoe – Dimbulah – Herberton – Irvinebank -Mareeba – Mt Carbine – Mt Molloy -Mutchilba -other major centres

FUEL
Almaden – Chillagoe – Dimbulah – Irvinebank – Mareeba – Mt. Carbine – Mt. Molloy – Mutchilba -other major centres