Live Music, Old Machines And Family Holiday Fun At Historic Village

Written by admin@herberton

March 29, 2021

Take a stroll down nostalgia lane, see a century-old mechanical blast from the past, or enjoy the added bonus of a guest appearance by country music favourite Dave Kirk at the Historic Village Herberton this Easter school holidays.

A huge 1905 Marshall Steam Traction Engine will amaze the kids with its clatter and rumble as it is put through its paces at the Village, while the newly restored 1945 Dennis Fire Truck that saw duty over three decades in Cairns will be on display.

Dave Kirk’s deep country voice will delight the crowds on Easter Sunday, April 4 from 10am to 4pm. 

The Atherton-based recording artist will have you singing along with nods to artists like Elvis Presley, Gary Puckett, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Village owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said the April school holidays was a great time to visit, with the Wild River still flowing, lots of new attractions to see and a daily schedule of fun, interactive displays.

“We are very excited to fire up the old Marshall steam engine for only the second time at the Village – it is an incredible site to see and this time around, it will actually be driven, so it can be seen in motion.”

The 116-year-old two-speed, single cylinder, six horsepower Marshall Steam Traction Engine was originally built as an agricultural machine in Gainsborough, England, by Marshall, Sons and Company, which was founded in 1848.

The open-air pioneer village is a perfect showcase for Australia’s early industrial past. Steam engines, road locomotives and traction engines enabled the growth of the country’s agricultural, mining, transport and sawmilling sectors, helping to build roads, provide power and replace manual labour.

The Historic Village Herberton offers a rare glimpse into Australia’s pioneering past and cultural history with exhibits ranging from Aboriginal through to World War II.  It is a living museum experience, with demonstrations of trades and activities from times past.

Historic Village Herberton is pet friendly (dogs on leads are welcome) so the whole family can enjoy the sights and even picnic in the lovely grounds. For opening times and admission prices see


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Tanya Snelling

Strategic PR

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