Mareeba, in Tropical North Queensland, has a population of approximately 7000 people. Mareeba is 417 metres above sea level on the Barron River, Granite Creek and Emerald Creek. It is in the Shire of Mareeba and the name Mareeba is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning meeting of the waters.

The Mareeba area was first settled by Europeans in 1877 by John Atherton, who arrived with cattle at Emerald End, which is just north of the town today. Mareeba quickly became a busy coach stop for Cobb & Co on the road from Port Douglas to Herberton. When the railway arrived in 1893, Mareeba grew into a busy town.

Mareeba Post Office opened on 25 August 1893 then later, from 1942 to 1945, up to 10,000 Australian and US service personnel used Mareeba Airfield as a staging post for battles in New Guinea and the Pacific.

Units that were based at Mareeba during World War II included No. 5 Squadron RAAF, No. 100 Squadron RAAF, the Australian 33rd Light A-A Battery, 19th Bomb Group USAAC, 43rd Bomb Group USAAC and 8th Fighter Group USAAC.

Now quite a bustling town, Mareeba is a very pet friendly place with pet friendly accommodation featuring pet friendly caravan parks, pet friendly cottages, pet friendly holiday homes, pet friendly hotels, and pet friendly bed and breakfasts.

As far as pet services in and around Mareeba are concerned, there are pet shops, pet food outlets, pet transport operators, pet breeders, vets, horse dentists, farriers, saddleries, horse riding ranches who supply riding lessons, dog groomers, pet minding services, pet insurance agents, pet friendly dining venues, and a pet photography and artists studio.

Mareeba visitors are welcomed with open arms so it is recommended that you take time out to stay in Mareeba for a couple of days or a week or so, and experience Mareeba hospitality and attractions for yourself.

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