HERBERTON & IRVINEBANK
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. The Village is open seven days and dogs on leads are welcome.
HISTORIC VILLAGE HERBERTON
The Historic Village Herberton provides a rare glimpse spanning two centuries into Australia’s pioneering past and cultural history. Exhibits range from dwellings, antiques and vehicles through to Aboriginal artifacts and World War II memorabilia. It is a living museum experience, with demonstrations of vintage machinery and trades, including blacksmithing and printing. The Village occupies 16 acres at Herberton and has been laid out to resemble a tin mining town with a garage, newspaper office, butcher’s shop, chemist, grocer, frock salon, toy shop, coach house, John Deere tractor shed, radio store, sewing machine shop and tool shed, each stocked with period wares and items. Elderslie House, built for John Newell, ‘the father of Herberton’, sits grandly among more than 60 restored buildings. These include the Herberton State School, circa 1883, and the ‘haunted’ Bakerville Tearooms, where food is served daily. Allow a full day for your visit.
HERBERTON TOWN The oldest town on the Atherton 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 with 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.
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.