Enticingly, entry was free.   We had just picnicked next door at Centenary Park. With Grandparents in tow, we walked into what we thought was more a tourism information centre (which it is) and all were impressed. 
It was a hands-on trip back into history at Mareeba Heritage Museum  – for all of us, and gave all of us adults a chance to show our younger generation some of things we grew up with. 
There’s a settler’s hut, printing press, vegetation and industry displays – but best of all was the outdoors displays.
We walked into a motor rail ambulance, checked out the blacksmith, locked dad in the jail, pumped water, mowed grass, checked out the dairy – all terrific for the retired farmers with us. 
Find it at 345 Byres Street, Mareeba, open daily 9am-5pm. They do offer guided tours for a small fee, by appointment and there is an onsite coffee house open until 4. 
Did I mention, it was pet friendly? Run by volunteers, donations are appreciated. We loved our visit here. 

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