- 345 Byrnes St, Centenary Park, Mareeba QLD 4880
- Postal address
- PO Box 154, Mareeba QLD 4880
- Opening hours
- Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
Mareeba Heritage Centre is a vibrant museum and tourist information centre established in 1995 and well supported by its diverse multicultural community. Its collection of over 5,000 items owned, used and proudly donated by members of the community form the basis of its comprehensive and ingenious displays reflecting the heritage and culture of Mareeba and its district.
Mareeba Heritage Centre is the custodian of Australia’s best tobacco industry collection. Mareeba-Dimbulah was the centre of tobacco growing in Australia. A new display tells this powerful story of hard work, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. Anonymous donations of homemade tobacco ‘chop-chop’ and the farmers locally invented machine, used to chop tobacco for home use and in some cases for the black market, capture the reality of local experiences of cat and mouse with authority.
Another rare item of state significance is the Mareeba Hospital Board’s Rail Ambulance, which continued to operate until the 1970s. Of the 29 operating in Qld, it is a surviving example all the more significant because of its original condition.
The Museum presents a timeline of their district through their Heritage Walkway including Aboriginal artefacts, early explorers and settlers, early 20th century school room, the railway, mining, tobacco, timber, WWI, elegant living between the wars, the Mareeba rodeo and Mareeba Hospital Board’s Rail Ambulance. Also included are the early 20th century local businesses such as the blacksmith, butchery, saddlers and the Jack & Newell Trading Store.