Mareeba Airport – wholly owned and operated by Mareeba Shire Council – is approximately 22 nautical miles (10-15 minutes flying time) west of Cairns Airport in Tropical North Queensland.

The airport’s unique location near a major international airport, yet outside controlled airspace, with a safe flying area and new infrastructure, provides a real opportunity to support global growth of the aviation industry and the regional economy in Northern Australia.

Located inland away from the coast, it offers a secure development opportunity with limited environmental management risks and an ideal flying climate.

Mareeba Airport is a CASA certified public aerodrome with a Code 3 sealed runway, AFRU, AWIB and PAL. The facility supports approximately 1,000 aircraft movements a month, and training accounts for approximately 50% of all landings.

It is currently home to several flight training operators, aircraft maintenance businesses, agricultural aviation operators and recreational aviators. There are strong prospects for further growth in demand, with many existing users proposing to expand their operations over the next decade, particularly in relation to flight training.

A $23 million upgrade was completed in 2019 which will catalyse economic diversification of the Mareeba township and the broader region. Growing aviation capacity will enhance Mareeba’s existing position as a regional supply and service hub for the mining, cattle, agricultural and tourism industries, as well as strengthen its role as a sub-regional industrial hub in Northern Australia.

Development opportunities currently available

Sites ranging from 250 sq.m to 4,200 sq.m are now available for lease within the newly developed 52-lot commercial precinct at Mareeba Airport. All sites have road and airside access and are connected to power and potable water ready for construction of hangar facilities and buildings. Larger sites also serviced by sewerage and 3-phase power.

Leasing at Mareeba Airport

Standard lease term – 20 years plus option for further 2x 10 year extensions. Alternatives can be considered upon application.

Lease fees are set on a cost recovery basis but have regard to fair market value and charges at similar airports.


All land is zoned Industry (Heavy Industry Precinct) under Council’s planning scheme.  Generally, leaseholders can develop a leased lot without planning approval for genuine aviation-related purposes. Development guidelines for Mareeba Airport are in place to ensure quality and functional building with the flexibility to allow varied and interesting designs.