Tour through Australia's pioneering history with this award-winning Herberton Historical Village Tour. Visit Kuranda Lookout, Barron Falls and the local, award-winning Bridges Café as well as taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic wonderland.
What to Expect
Rain, hail or shine, you will depart from Cairns at 8:00am, stopping to admire the view from the Kuranda Lookout's temperate world heritage listed rainforest. The lookout contains spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef National Park and Cairns city to the Northern Beaches.
Visit the famous world-renowned Barron Falls, a spectacle on any day in itself, even if the falls are not in flood. Are you hungry? Maybe a Devonshire morning tea included in your price, at the famous Mt Uncle Distillary/Bridges Cafe is the order of the morning.
Visit the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park and learn the important parts the Atherton Tablelands played in WWII.
Now comes the highlight of the day - a guided tour of the Historical Pioneer Village in Herberton, plus an old-fashioned cooked lunch. Choose from a selection of home cooked country style meals, made fresh and to your dietary requirements.
After lunch, feel free to take in some more of your favorite attractions at the village, including vintage cars, steam operated machinery, the old print shop, chemist, sweet shop, boot maker, school, blacksmith, vintage garage toyshop and so much more.
(If the train is running) - The tour package will include a ride on the Tinlander train before you leave the village, which arrives at the historical Herberton Railway Station where the tour bus will meet you.
Take a small drive up to the Herberton Mining Museum to discover how the town became famous for its large tin deposits. You can also try your luck at tin mining.
Next, it's time to follow the scenic Crater Valley and Herberton Ranges along the highway to Mt Hypipamee and be overwhelmed with the depth and sight of the ancient crater formed thousands of years ago. Along the way, discover the hidden truths of the rich indigenous heritage, and learn about the historical timber, railway, mining, war and dairy industries of the early pioneers.
In the late afternoon, it's time to enjoy the sunset as you wind your way gently down through the steaming rainforests of the scenic Gillies or Kuranda ranges towards Cairns. Take a vote on the day, weather permitting, as to which way you return home, arriving back in Cairns at approximately 5:30 pm.
- Return hotel transfers from Cairns or Northern beaches
- Morning tea
- Lunch (dietary requirements)
- Entry to the Historical Village
- Entry to Mining Museum
- Bottled water
- On-board commentary
- Professional guide
- National Park entry fees
- Train ride (if train is running)
What's Not Included
Know Before You Go
• Please bring camera, hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes
• There is a good quality gift shop in the village that provides quality Australian items for sale at reasonable prices, so bring some spending money
• Bus does not cater for the disabled just yet but efforts are being made to be able to offer this service soon. Therefore, you must be able to climb single stairs into the bus. Aids are here to help with modest assistance only