Herberton & Irvinebank
Pioneer Museums | Mining | Bushwalks
- Historic Village Herberton
- Spy & Camera Museum
- Herberton Mining Museum
- Heritage & Walking Trails
In the late 1880s, miners like John Moffat created a boom on the back of the tin they extracted from the bush clad hills. Today, the well preserved buildings and inviting streets of the oldest town on the Athreton Tablelands are drawing people back with a new vibrancy. Look for the intriguing photo posts in the main street, the Heritage walks and trails along the Wild River and the near hills.
Historic Village Herberton is an astounding collection of Australiana is an entire vintage village of over 50 buildings on the fringe of the township. Spanning two centuries, the dwellings, vehicles, memorabilia and antiques which fill this cultural asset have been meticulously resurrected and inventively displayed. Among many treasures, there’s a fully restored 1926 rail ambulance and a genuine pioneer’s slab hut built in 1870. The original Herberton State School from 1881 is a top place to take the children and show them the pews and slates yesteryear’s pupils made do with.
The Herberton Mining Museum and Information Centre Occupying the site of the first big tin discovery at the Great Northern Mine, the centre has themed areas telling the fascinating story of Herberton’s mining history and the town’s development. There are mineral collections on display plus a small theatre for multi-media displays. Exhibits are being added regularly, and the young – and not so young – can try their hand at tin panning. The Mining Centre is also the starting point for The Great Northern Walking Trails, a series of self-guided walks of various lengths and challenges.
The Spy & Camera Museum in Herberton is a World Class Exhibit, totally unique and open to the general public daily with guided tours on the hour. Not only will you see spy cameras, you will see rare and interesting memorabilia from the past, Antiques and Collectables, photographic Studio and Gallery.
The Herberton-Petford road leads to heritage-listed Irvinebank, the tin mining town that refused to die. Established in 1882, it boasts many century old buildings such as the home of the town’s founder John Moffat, said to be the oldest ‘Queenslander’ in the State. A courthouse and cellblock, the 1901 School of Arts Hall, Tramway Station, the Queensland National Bank Building, Mango Cottage and the 1907 Post Office building all attest to the architecture of prosperity at the turn of last century. The ‘Mighty Vulcan’ mine became the mainstay of the town, yielding the purest available tin in the world at the 1907 London World Expo.
See the Mill and Treatment Works on the foreshore of Loudoun Weir and visit the renowned Loudoun House Museum in John Moffat’s house. Pioneer graves can be matched with local history at the Museum.