Herberton Historic Village is located on the Atherton Tablelands and our journey cruised along for about 1½ hours, until we reached our destination. Yes. It should have been Sunday, but we got it wrong!

    The 1870 historic collection of original buildings, interior displays, machinery and related vintage vehicles and items, is the inspiration of collector Harry Skinner and his wife Helen. Their efforts were recognized by the Tablelands Regional Council in 2009 with Australia Day ‘Citizens of the Year’ awards.


    How it used to be for these pioneering folk was quite humbling, but what we saw also showed the pride in their resilience, inventiveness, and the quality of some wonderful machinery, tools and trades. Every building was worth a visit, just to be able to imagine what life and conditions were in those times. Where to begin? What to pictorially focus on? Why do we find so much interest in a rusty nail? Two lifetimes of vintage collections resulted in a photographic collection of our own.

    We can really recommend the teas and yummy cakes supplied by the Ladies Charity Groups of Herberton. This was a welcome break before leaving, but not directly for home, as we did an unplanned u–turn to see Hasties Swamp – lots of birds to see. And, as a finale we joined some very happy punters at the Atherton Races in time for a flutter on the last handicap – we were a little under-dressed for the occasion but it didn’t matter much!

    Michael has culled the photographs into some order of events.

    We hope you enjoy the arty-farty pics!