Accommodation for visiting paddlers

There are many local options for accommodation when visiting Mareeba for the Barron River Challenge. Paddlers and their support crews are encouraged to stay overnight and use the facilities at Bilwon Farms, the halfway stop for the BRC50.

  • Bilwon Farms: At the finish of the 20km Race on the banks of the Barron River. Free Camping on Saturday night.
    • Facilities include area for caravans, camper vans and tents, and under-cover swag camping is available
    • Hot showers, toilets and communal kitchen facilities
    • BBQ dinner and hot breakfast provided free for paddlers and low cost for supporters
  • Rusty Pheasant RV Retreat. 59 Rogers Road, Biboohra. Close to our mid race centre. Rusty Pheasant is ideally positioned for paddlers who wish to trial our course prior to our race weekend. Explore and book directly online:
  • Mareeba Country Caravan Park: Emerald End Road /7 km downstream on the banks of the Barron. 07 40923281 (convenient for that last minute paddle)
  • Ringers Rest RV park- (Quiet, spacious area)
  • Jackaroo Motel: 340 Byrnes Street, Mareeba/ 07 409222677
  • Cairns Beaches: Trinity Beach Club/ 07 40556776 (ask for paddling deal on the holiday apartments, the northern beaches are a must prior to or after the  BRC50)
  • Cairns is around one hour by road from Mareeba and less than half an hour from Kuranda if you are staying on the coast.

For more information:

  • The Rusty Pheasant RV Retreat sits on the banks of the beautiful Barron River 20 mins north of Mareeba, 1 hour 10 from Cairns. Both shady and open sites available with easy access to river.

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Rusty Pheasant RV Retreat
Barry's burgers, served with a smile
Bilwon Farms
Free BBQ dinner for BRC paddlers
BRC20 presentation table at Bilwon Farms