May 22, 2012 - Historic Village Herberton was put on show recently as it welcomed six key trade partners who were in the region to “rediscover tropical north Queensland”.
An initiative of Tropical Tablelands Tourism and Pinnacle Marketing, the six delegates from APTC, Goway, Queensland Rail, Southern Crossings, Pan Pacific Travel and Southern World, were treated to two days of sightseeing across the Atherton Tablelands.
A key stop on their itinerary was a visit to Historic Village Herberton, 90 mins from Cairns, where they were given a guided tour. Rebecca Austin, product development for Queensland Rail, could see real synergies between Queensland Rail guests and Historic Village Herberton.
“A key market for Queensland Rail Travel is seniors and empty nesters and I believe they would be very interested in seeing things that were around in their generation,” she said. “It brings back nostalgia and with the rail elements in the Village, it is a big plus for Queensland Rail Travel.”
Key highlights from the visit included a look at the iconic Tin Pannikin, built in the 1970s and replicated from the 1950s cartoon, the Ettamogah Pub, a visit to the old Herberton school (circa 1881), which still has its original chalkboards, slates and school cane and a walk through the coach house and Day’s Garage with its 1923 vintage Harley Davidson. The tour finished at the Bakerville Tea Rooms, where they were treated to fresh homemade food from the kitchen.
Melissa Miller, product development for Goway, believed her North American clients would really appreciate seeing an insight into early Australian history, “Our clients would really love the village because it is a unique Australian product and it showcases a lot of Australian history. We have a lot of older clients especially from north America who would really appreciate seeing an insight into Australian history.”