Back in the 1950s, many relics were being sold off for scrap metal. Old buildings were being condemned for demolition. Collector Harry Skennar had a vision – to preserve history for generations to come. He set about creating The Village back in 1973, bringing the first building, Elderslie House, onto the site beside Wild River.
Many more buildings and relics followed. Most of the dwellings met for the first time when they arrived at the Village from around the region during the 1970s.
With the exception of the Tin Pannikin Pub, everything in the village dates from Herberton's foundation years and almost all the buildings are as they were originally constructed. Regular maintenance keeps them sturdy and secure and in some cases modern lighting, safety grills, screens and steps have been installed for visitors safety.
Beyond this, the buildings and thousands of original items displayed in and around them reflect everyday life in North Queensland as it was from the 1880s onward.
The village owes its existence firstly to Herberton's pioneers and then to a long list of dedicated residents who followed them. It exists today because of two couples – inspired collector Harry Skennar and his wife Ellen and owners Craig and Connie Kimberley who continue the tradition and restoration with the support of the local community.
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We are open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9.00am - 5.00pm in the high season, 9.30am - 4.00pm during the low season, and after hours by prior arrangement.
We are currently open 9.00am - 5pm with last entry 3.30pm.
High Season - 1st April to 8th October, 2018 and the Christmas holiday period from 26th December, 2018 to 27th January, 2019
Low Season - 9th October to 24th December, 2018 and 28th January to 31st March, 2019
2019 High and Low Season Dates
High Season - 1st April to 8th October, 2019 and the Christmas holiday period from 26th December, 2019
Low Season - 9th October to 24th December, 2019
The Bakerville Tearooms is open daily high season from 9.00am - 4.00pm and low season 10.00am - 3.00pm.
In February, the Tearooms is closed, with refreshments provided at the entrance.
The Village is closed Christmas Day. All other Australian public holidays we are open.
Last entry to the Village is at 3.30pm during the high season and 2.30pm during the low season. This will allow enough time to enjoy your visit thoroughly.
We are a pet friendly village, as we know you care for your pets while you are holidaying with them. Dogs on a lead are welcome!
We are an All Person Access attraction, with rest areas and concrete ramps at the ready. We also have a wheelchair - if you phone ahead, you can book it.
Last entry 3.30pm.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Please note opening hours vary in low season: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm