While everyone will be coming to see the rodeo event over the weekend, there are plenty of fun things to do at the festival during the week. Take part in the garden competition or see the Rodeo Festival Queen crowned—you’re sure to have a fantastic time. There’s also the Downtown Parade on Friday night, which starts at 7:45pm and includes the Festival Queen entrants, floats, horses and trade displays. Whether you’re a Mareeba local or you’ve made the trip especially for this event, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve even found some local Mareeba restaurants and accommodation to check out.

But first… let’s talk rodeo!

Grab your boots, slick on your cowboy hat and let’s go to the rodeo! This event is by far the most highly anticipated of the entire festival. Dating back to 1949, the Mareeba Rodeo has become a national icon and draws crowds from far and wide. Watch rodeo experts maintain their balance on a bucking bull, lasso a calf and go head-to-head in a State of Origin of a different kind: where they will compete in bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling and a barrel race. It doesn’t get more exciting than that! So check out the rodeo this weekend and cheer on these brave riders.

Need a place to call home while in Mareeba? We know where to go.

Jackaroo Motel

Relax in cosy and homely rooms, Jackaroo Motel - Mareeba
Relax in cosy and homely rooms, Jackaroo Motel – Mareeba

For quality and affordable accommodation in Mareeba, call the friendly team at Jackaroo Motel. With 25 comfortable rooms and a 2-bedroom self-contained apartment, the options are plentiful at this fantastic motel. With beautiful garden surrounds and a pool area, you can cool off after all the excitement of the rodeo if it’s warm enough! Enjoy your air-conditioned room, BBQ facilities, undercover parking, as well as brekky and dinner served to your room. You’ll truly have it all, and for a great price at Jackaroo Motel!
Where: 340 Byrnes St, Mareeba QLD 4880

Looking to chill out after the rodeo with a pint and a feed? These spots won’t disappoint!

Mareeba Bowls Club

Grab an amazing meal, Mareeba Bowls Club - Mareeba
Grab a delicious meal, Mareeba Bowls Club – Mareeba

With 2 lawn bowling greens, a restaurant, children’s play room and regular live entertainment, the Mareeba Bowls Club is always a great choice. Their Crack-A-Jack restaurant offers an extensive menu that is sure to satisfy all cravings, including a large wine and beverage list—so you can enjoy the perfect drink to complement your meal. Come down, bring the family and enjoy high-quality food while making new friends at the Mareeba Bowls Club.
Where: 41B Anzac Ave, Mareeba QLD 4880

Mareeba Leagues Club
Come in and enjoy an amazing meal and friendly atmosphere, Mareeba Leagues Club - Mareeba
Come in and enjoy an amazing meal and friendly atmosphere, Mareeba Leagues Club – Mareeba

Whether you’re after a big brekky on Sunday morning, a delicious lunch or a wholesome dinner, the Mareeba Leagues Club offers it all. Open 7 days, be sure to check out their daily promotions and specials, where you can pick up some amazing food deals that will keep your appetite and wallet happy! Enjoy all types of dishes including burgers, roasts, seafood and much more. If you’re feeling hungry, head down to Mareeba Leagues Club where you’re guaranteed a great feed!
Where: Doyle St, Mareeba QLD 4880
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