On the third weekend in May of each year, Mareeba Shire Council plays host to ’The Great Wheelbarrow Race’. This is an event where competitors push an empty wheelbarrow along the ’Wheelbarrow Way’ between Mareeba and Chillagoe in three stages while fundraising for charities and local clubs.
The 2019 Great Wheelbarrow Race will start in Mareeba and alternate between Mareeba and Chillagoe thereafter each year. The community are invited to compete in the race in teams in a range of categories.
- On sale 1 December 2018 on the website
2018 Race Results
- Overall Winner – The Fit Bucks (6h6m12s)
- Highest Fundraiser – Wheelie Mad Runners ($51,000)
- Total Fundraising amount – $110,000
- Full winners on the website
Late in the 1800’s when work was scarce and transportation was limited, miners often used to travel about the region using a wheelbarrow to carry all of their possessions. In 2004, as a tribute to these early pioneers and to honour their amazing trail-blazing feats, the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way.
Learn more about the The Great Wheelbarrow RaceVisit Website