Herberton is a pretty little town set in rugged hills on the western edge of the Atherton Tablelands. It seems to stretch out along the hills and meander across the ridges. Located 122 km from Cairns and 915 metres above sea-level, it is now a quiet town with a population of about 950. There are only hints that it was once the most important town on the Tablelands.
The discovery of tin at Herberton was largely responsible for the development of the other towns on the Atherton Tablelands. Towns like Mareeba and Atherton were originally stopover places for the Cobb & Co coaches which plied the route from Port Douglas to Herberton.
By the early 1900s the town was booming and included two newspapers, 17 pubs and a brewery. The Jack and Newell General Store opposite the council offices was built in 1882 and was constructed from pit sawn cedar. Some of the original joinery can still be seen in the building.
A walk around town reveals other historic buildings. Often built during the periodic boom times of Herberton, many are classic examples of the styles in vogue at the time.
Herberton’s idyllic climate, its built heritage and its wonderful natural surrounds make it attractive to visitors from around the globe. Visitors also remark on the friendly country hospitality shown by local residents.
Herberton Lions Club Inc. runs the Herberton community website .
Herberton has the two oldest licensed premises on the Tablelands – the Australian, rebuilt in 1950s style – and the Royal where a second storey was added in 1913 and more recently a beer garden with a large fireplace. Drop in for a cool one or stay a little longer for a meal.
Post Office, Eftpos, Supermarket, Real Estate
The post office is located in the centre of the main street shopping precinct and carries a good range of souvenirs as does the newsagency just nearby. The newsagency also has internet available. The supermarket offers eftpos services. If you would like to consider becoming a new resident, the real estate office is just over the road from the post office.
If you stay for a weekend, you may like to attend a church service at one of the historic churches, all built before the 20th Century. They are worth a visit in their own right.
Groceries & Food
Convenience Store on Grace Street
Jacaranda Café & Take Away
Gallery Coffee Shoppe
Wondecla Road House
Herberton also features a number of health services. Pamper yourself with a massage, make an appointment to purchase healing oils and essences, or find relief at the acupuncturist.
Herberton Pharmacy dispenses your prescriptions .
Child Care Centre
Situated in Jack Street down the road from the Mining Museum.
The Electricity Credit Union is situated in Grace Street Herberton.
Public Toilets: are available
behind the Shire Hall (William Street),
The Mining Museum (Jack Street)
School of Arts (Behind Library Grace Street)
Wondecla Oval (Longlands Gap Road)
Most visitors come by motor vehicle and fuel and repairs can be obtained from several outlets. Breakdown services are also available locally. A regular bus service also connects Herberton with Ravenshoe and Atherton and onwards to Cairns.
Herberton Service Station
Wondecla Road House
RACQ Road Assistance: Phone 13 1111
Hospital, Schools, Police Station
To complete the services roundup, Herberton has a specialist hospital that also caters for emergencies, has a resident doctor, two schools – one state from pre-school to Year 10, the other a private school offering education from Year 7 to Year 12 and a police station.