Herberton is only a short distance from Atherton, and likewise is high in the Atherton Tablelands. Herberton is a town that is very proud of its historic past, and this attribute is on display everywhere. Old buildings, museums plus a quaintness that is endearing.
The first European exploration of this area was undertaken in 1875 by James Venture Mulligan. Mulligan was prospecting for gold, but instead found tin on the Herbert River.
The town of Herberton was established on 19 April 1880 by John Newell to exploit the tin find, and mining began on 9 May.
In the late 19th century the Mulligan Highway was carved through the hills from Herberton and passed through what is now Main Street, Atherton, before continuing down to Port Douglas. This road was used by the coaches of Cobb and Co.
Tin mining ceased in Herberton in 1978.
When visiting allow a minimum of a day.