Herberton & Irvinebank
New attractions at the Village include Elderslie House, an historic 130-year old pioneer homestead that has been meticulously restored to its former glory. Must see exhibits also include the coach house, chemist shop, John Deere tractor shed, Day’s Garage and more. Serving food daily is the Bakerville Tearooms. Visitors are encouraged to spend the day. Dogs on leads are welcome and the Village is open seven days.
THE RAILWAY MUSEUM Also
worth a visit is the Railway Museum, located at the end of John Street. Open on weekends and public holidays, the museum is operated by the volunteer organisation The Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway Inc. Having restored the old train line, they now operate train rides from Herberton Station to the Historic Village Herberton on a regular Sunday timetable between 10am and 3pm. Please check the Historic Village’s website for more information on public and school holidays.
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, Herberton’s wellpreserved buildings and inviting streets are drawing people back with a new vibrancy. Connect with Australia’s history and folklore by re-visiting the past.
HISTORIC VILLAGE HERBERTON
This astounding collection of Australiana is an entire village of over 60 buildings on the fringe of the Herberton township. Spanning two centuries, the dwellings, vehicles, memorabilia and antiques, which fill this cultural asset have been meticulously restored and inventively displayed. Among many treasures, there is a fully restored 1926 rail ambulance and a genuine pioneer’s slab hut built in 1870. The original Herberton State School c.1883 is a great place to take children and show them the pews and slates yesteryear’s pupils made do with.
HERBERTON TOWN The oldest town on the Tablelands has its entire precinct listed on the National Heritage Register, and is best discovered via its intriguing photo posts and self-guided Heritage Walk. See the earliest building, the 1881 School of Arts, in the main street and wander down to the Jack & Newell Store c.1882, which houses the fascinating Spy & Camera Museum.
Open seven days, this fascinating museum is one-of-a-kind and will transport visitors from downtown Herberton to the cold, dark streets of the former USSR and the world of espionage. Learn the history of photography, starting at the birth of today’s modern camera and finish with owner Michael Peterson’s favourite – the spy camera.
THE HERBERTON MINING MUSEUM AND INFORMATION CENTRE Occupying the site of the
first big tin discovery at the Great Northern Mine, the museum 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.
IRVINEBANK Established in 1882,
Irvinebank boasts many century old buildings such as Loudoun House, the original home of the town’s founder John Moffat and now a museum. At nearby Montalbion, a former Cobb & Co. stop, you can fish in the dam and camp under the stars.