Things to do in Mareeba

Our most recommended things to do in Mareeba

Cairns: Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Cairns: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Start with an early morning pickup and transfer from your accommodation in Cairns. Travel to the Atherton Tablelands and arrive at the launch site to see the amazing display of the balloons being inflated.  Take off from Mareeba and soar into the air. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn as you float in a hot air balloon. Admire the scenic views of vast open spaces on all sides. Keep watch for local wildlife, including native birds or even kangaroos roaming free. Cruise through the air with a professionally-trained crew, who will maximize enjoyment and ensure your safety. After you land, help out with fun pack-up games and receive a commemorative certificate. Then, then head back to your accommodation in Cairns.

Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

2. Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

See the Atherton Tablelands from the sky on a hot air balloon tour. Marvel at the colors of the sunrise, spot birds soaring through the air, and see the balloon inflate.  Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands first thing in the morning, in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Times vary seasonally to correspond with the sunrise. Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with a full flight experience.  Soar over the patchwork panorama below. Watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning. This is a self drive meet at Mareeba option, this tour does not include return transfers from Port Douglas

From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour

3. From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Food and Wine Tasting Tour

STOP 1 Journey to the Atherton Tablelands which is located 1 hour’s drive from the city via the scenic Gillies Highway. Discover a cool highlands where you will sample a delicious breakfast of local produce and enjoy a special coffee or local tea at an 80-year old lakeside tea house over looking Lake Barrine crater lake surrounded by lush rainforest. STOP 2 Next, visit Nerada Tea Plantation situated on the scenic outskirts of Malanda. Here, you will be tasting several of the Plantation grown, single-origin teas, such as Plantation Fresh Black and Royal Devonshire, black tea with a hint of natural vanilla. The teas will be paired with a selection of local cheeses. Whilst enjoying your tastings, overlook the lush fields of Australia’s largest Tea Plantation. Keep your eyes peeled as you might just spot one of the resident Tree Kangaroos, too! STOP 3Enjoy lunch. The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. Take a wander down to see them in their magnificent setting then sit down to enjoy flavored handcrafted smoked products, combined with a unique blend of local Australian native herbs and spices. These tasty treats are all produced in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients and include Crocodile, Red Claw (Yabby), and Kangaroo with fresh local salads topped off with a boutique beer, Dragon Fruit cider, Lemon Myrtle tea, and finish with a wine tasting of the Murdering Point tropical fruit wine range. STOP 4Arrive at Gallo Dairyland, a working dairy farm where we sample their hand-crafted chocolates and an opportunity to buy their cheeses. STOP 5The Humpy is the best place to go for freshly harvested produce straight from the growers. Marvel at the array of vegetables, tropical fruits, and hundreds of varieties of nuts, dried fruits, and locally produced jams and sauces. Enjoy some seasonal fruits and different hot peanuts and macadamia nuts, and get some time to browse to make any purchases. STOP 6 Continue to the Mount Uncle distillery to taste some of their award-winning liqueurs and spirits. Wander around the stunning property nestled in coffee and banana plantations and meet the friendly animals. STOP 7 Move on to the Jacques Family coffee plantation and get an insight into the finer details of coffee, from the tree to the cup, Stroll through the coffee bushes and gardens, and end with a cup of Jacques coffee made just as you like it and served with homemade scones with jam and cream and sample some coffee liqueurs. Alternate stop: Rainforestation for local coffee and tea with fresh damper, Davidson plum jam, and cream.

From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Boutique Foodie Tour

4. From Cairns: Atherton Tablelands Boutique Foodie Tour

Visit 6 unique venues across the Atherton Tablelands and discover local products, learn about the business' and admire the beautiful landscape of the Cairns Highlands on this full-day private tour. Taste native Australian fruit like the Davidson Plum at a tropical fruit orchard, and learn why the owners have chosen to grow these fruit species. Visit a biodynamic dairy farm, taste their products, and enjoy lunch with an amazing panoramic view. Head to Crater Lakes Coffee, the highest coffee plantation in Australia. Meet the owner and sample their unique coffee. Visit the region's most established distillery and try spirits, tropical fruit wine, and craft beer. Stop off at a boutique winery before ending the tour at one of Cairns' premier breweries. Sip on a craft beer with a stunning view overlooking the cane fields.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 48 reviews

It was a 30th Anniversary surprise for my husband. He wasn’t keen to start with but didn’t take him long to love it. It was very peaceful, great commentary and will definitely recommend it to family and friends should they travel to Cairns/Port Douglas. Thank you

It was absolutely fantastic. Bob ,Browny, Brian & Tony. Friendly joking and very professional team . The 18 people in the group were beautiful people. Picked us up at Clifton Beach apartment at the door . Brought us back as well . Just do it .

Fabulous experience. I'm afraid of heights bit loved every moment of the trip. The crew were very experienced but also very entertaining. Thoroughly recommended!

Tony, Frank and Roy were fantastic guides/pilots etc. recommend to anyone!! Great job !!

All the staff assisted in this superb experience, thanks!!!