Historic Village Herberton
Historical Gem in Herberton’s Hills.
Australia’s mining, timber and farming heritage lives again at the Historic Village Herberton – one of Australia’s most regarded outdoor pioneer museums, just 90 minutes from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland’s Far North.
From rare 100-year old John Deere tractors to fashion, pharmaceuticals, antique cars, coaches and much-loved toys
– experience Australia as it was in the late 1800s at the Historic Village Herberton.
Voted by TripAdvisor users as one of the Top 10 museums in the country,
the Historic Village lets you walk down the main street of an 1880s town, exploring Australia’s fascinating and exciting past with every step.
More than 60 old buildings have been lovingly restored, refurbished or rebuilt to make the Historic Village Herberton a wonderful day out.
Hear and feel as well as see the past through the working displays, including the Village blacksmith, newspaper printer and working sawmill.
There are 16 acres of village to explore and self-guided tours are available in five languages.
Don’t miss the homestyle cooking at the Bakerville Tearooms and savour the beauty of 130-year-old Elderslie House with its spacious verandas and elegant architecture.
A nature trail and stunning gardens are also perfect spaces to explore and enjoy in this treasured historical village.
This snapshot of everyday life in a late 1800s Australian mining town is as authentic as possible.
All the buildings, with the exception of the Tin Pannikin Pub were found and restored from the area, and stand in the Village as they were originally constructed.
Along the way you can also revisit the blacksmith, apothecary, workers cottages, rail ambulance, bootmakers, bank, and an original tin mine among other sites in this faithfully reproduced settlement.
Take in the thousands of items on show – from priceless pieces of fine jewellery to lumbering vintage machinery.
And yes, the family dog can come along as well.
So why not immerse in this unique and award winning 100% family owned Australian attraction and discover for yourself why the Village is regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in Australia.
QUICK TRAVEL TIPS
* Dogs on leads are welcome
* Entry includes a complimentary three-day pass
* There are a range of interactive displays run daily with a timetable on the website
How To Get There
The Historic Village Herberton is 90 minutes from Cairns and Port Douglas, and can be easily reached from Innisfail by the Palmerston Highway, Gordonvale via the Gillies Range Road or Cairns via the Kuranda Range. The roads are sealed all the way and suitable for caravans.
Special Event: Pioneer Weekend 2022
7th and 8th May
Step back in time as Historic Village Herberton comes to life for one weekend a year on May 7-8, 2022.
Watch experts demonstrate blacksmithing, tin panning, small engines and more. Enjoy pony rides, great local entertainment and train rides for the family over the two-day event.
Visit the vintage Toy Shop, the antique cars, the old school classroom or have your name printed on a wanted poster on the old-fashioned presses.
There is even fashion on the field, so come dressed in your best vintage clothes for a chance to win great prizes.
The Village offers a true insight into life in the 1800s with one of Australia’s largest collections of early buildings, memorabilia and priceless antiques.
Beat the queue and book online at www.herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au.
Open 9am to 5pm.
Make sure to dress up with Fashions on the Field prizes for the best dressed kids and adults.
Normal admission prices apply for Saturday and Sunday during Pioneer Weekend.
Adults $32, Kids $16, Families $82, Concession $29