Community & Events


Mareeba Rodeo

The Mareeba Rodeo has grown from humble beginnings in 1949to become the second largest rodeo in Australia. Today the Mareeba Rodeo (held in July)is the region’s largest social and sporting event with visitors arriving from interstate and overseas to witness the down town parade , judging of the rodeo queen and the weekends rodeo action from some of the best cowboys in the country. The Mareeba Rodeo festival commences in June with the junior cowpokes, horse sports gymkhana, art show cycle races, bocce, tennis, indoor bowls, lawn bowls, before the big event at Kerribee Park Mareeba


Great Wheelbarrow Race

As pioneers searched for work in the late 1800’s transportation was limited and miners travelled the region carrying all their possessions in a wheelbarrow. As a tribute to those early pioneers the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the “Wheelbarrow Way”. Today the 140km journey from Mareeba to Chillagoe is used to raise money for charity as over 500 competitors and just as many support crew walk, jog or run the route pushing a wheelbarrow just like days of old.


Dimbulah Lions Festival

Resident of Dimbulah, which has a rich history as a farming community, come together as the Dimbulah Lions Club celebrate the regions past and present with the annual festival. Visitors flock from around the region for the day’s activities which includes a street parade, markets, food stalls, amusements, crowning of the festival queen , princess and miss personality and ending with a Hugh fireworks display. The spirit of togetherness in small regional towns is there for all to see so if you’re visiting the area in May make an effort to visit Dimbulah and the Lions Festival.