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Cairns: Historic Village Entrance Ticket in Herberton

1. Cairns: Historic Village Entrance Ticket in Herberton

Immerse yourself in Australia’s mining, timber and farming heritage at the award-winning Historic Village Herberton. Explore over 60 original buildings, each housing an extensive display of memorabilia. With quirky Australian collectibles, olden day machinery, vehicles and thousands of genuine antique items, the Village is regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in Australia. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy interactive live working displays of blacksmithing, woodturning, John Deere tractors, the printery, small engines, sawmill, and antique motor vehicles. Discover highlights such as the 130-year old grand pioneer homestead Elderslie House, the John Deere Tractor Shed, Coach house, Chemist and Toy Shop, and the delightful Bakerville Hotel - now a traditional tearoom. On Sundays, get the opportunity to experience a heritage train ride on the Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway.

Cairns: Aboriginal Art and Culture Full-Day Trip with Lunch

2. Cairns: Aboriginal Art and Culture Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Spend a day enriching your knowledge of Aboriginal culture. Take a painting class with an Aboriginal artist, learning how stories are told through Aboriginal paintings. Drive through Aboriginal "highways," join a traditional smoking ceremony, and wander through lush rainforest on your tour. Visit Janbal Gallery, where you'll take part in a painting class with Aboriginal artist, Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Paint your own canvas and let Binna guide you through cultural painting techniques. Next, drive through Shannonvale Valley on the way to lunch and learn about the ancient Aboriginal "highways" that ran through the region. Once at Mossman Gorge Centre, be greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people. Then, with a view of the rainforest, enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavors. After lunch, wander through one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests at Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people. There, learn about the special relationship the Kuku Yalanji people have with this unique environment from your Aboriginal guide.

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4.7 / 5

based on 35 reviews

We found the Herberton Historical Village very enjoyable. It was beautifully displayed & you almost felt that you could have been in the same era. The demonstrations where amazing & were open to questions no problems. The attention to detail is phenomenal & you can feel the love that has been given in order to give to all the Customers/Tourists the experience that would be expected so when you leave you have a fabulous memory. We would not hesitate to recommend this Village to anyone & sorry that we could not spend more time checking this Historical Village out.

Very informative so much history across a wide range of topics in the one place. Make sure you give yourself ample time to see everything. Plus we were fortunate enough to visit on a day there were local live acts performing ‘Tin Pannikin Project’ Some great talent made for a lovely afternoon.

My son and l had a lovely experience, our guide was very knowledgable and accommodating. We both walked away from this experience having a deeper understanding of Aboriginal art and culture as well as deeper appriciation of our land.

Very interesting , life certainly has changed. A good couple of days to be spent take the time