The Cairns Museum has amazing stories to share about living in the tropics.
Stories of heat, sweat and hard work. Of cane, railways, rainforests and reefs. Of White Australia, Aboriginal resistance and European isolation. Tales of tourists, hippies and local celebrations, amidst humidity, cyclones, toads, mould and mozzies.
Come in and discover the real Cairns!
Portside Heritage Gateway - your first port of call. Settled way back in 1847, Maryborough was where more than 22,000 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil. Relive those early years with a visit to the City's historic port area.
The Customs House Interpretive Centre (circa1900) reflects the history of Maryborough as a thriving river port in the early days of Queensland. Discover the history of the state's pioneering industries and explore the incredible "cabinet of curiosities",
Just a few doors away is the Bond Store Museum (circa1864) including collections celebrating the early history of Maryborough and one of the city's oldest buildings. It was part of the Customs complex to provide storage for goods that attracted a tax for Her Majesty's Customs Service.
Walk through the Bond Store, and you're stepping on history. The earthen floor and ancient handmade bricks in the original 1864 building downstairs still exist, as do many of the liquor barrels left over from that time.
The Portside Heritage Gateway Pass to give you entry to all three museums located in the Portside Precinct - Customs House Interpretive Centre, Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum and the Bond Store Museum.
Woodgate Beach Library offer various items for loan to members including books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and eDownloads. Visitors are able to join the Library as temporary members by paying a refundable security deposit. This allows visitors to borrow items while you are holidaying in the region.
Free wi-fi and computer use is available for members and visitors. Bookings and restrictions do apply. Charge-bars are available in the branch to enable devices to be charged during your visit.
Journey back to the late 1880s and discover a quaint collection of heritage houses and their stories at the National Trust Heritage Centre. The three heritage houses featured at the centre have been furnished and restored to their original period glory and include a Worker's Dwelling (1878), a grand villa residence known as The Currajong (1889) and an early North Queensland farm residence known as The Farmhouse (1921). Guided tours are available.
Terra Nova Gallery is located in the beautiful rainforest village of Kuranda in Tropical North Queensland a 40 minute drive from the Cairns Central Business District.
The Gallery has been in Kuranda for over 20 years. Jurg and Marta took over the Gallery in 2010 and have carried out the work that the previous owners established and have kept the high quality of work and service that is the tradition of the Gallery.
Displays include artworks especially paintings, pottery, jewellery, glass and more all from local, Australian and International artists. All the picture shown are framed in their workshop....
Bluebelles Art Gallery has been operating out of the Bell Bunya Community Centre since October 2012, and is managed by the dedicated members of the Bell Art Group Inc. The spacious, modern and aesthetically pleasing art gallery focuses on the work of local artists, members and friends of the Bell Art Group. The high quality gallery and lighting system creates an ambience of delicate soft feature lighting to showcase the diverse arrangement of original art.
Exhibitions change monthly to keep the approach fresh and inviting for art patrons and the many visitors to the Centre to browse and enjoy. All art works on display are for sale. Every year a major exhibition is accompanied by an official opening with complimentary morning tea. The Bell Bunya Community Centre also boasts a workshop and function room where regular art and craft workshops are held under qualified tutors.
Bluebelles Art Gallery is managed by a volunteer committee and its operations are supported by Western Downs Regional Council. For more information or to confirm opening hours on the day of your visit please call the gallery.
Steeped in history with links to Cobb & Co and the 'boom time' of the wool growing industry, Surat is an ideal destination for anyone wishing to reconnect with history of the pioneering spirit of life on the land. The Cobb & Co Changing Station - original site of the Cobb & Co Store and drop-off point for coach travellers and goods, houses a museum depicting lifestyles of yesteryear, is home to a 14-seater Cobb & Co coach and houses an amazing 25,000 litre freshwater aquarium, social history museum and regional art gallery.
In 1930 famous Amy Johnson landed in Quilpie on her journey from England to Australia. A little different than now days as the Warrego Way and Natural Sciences Loop will lead you right here.
The story goes that she was supposed to go to Charleville and she was following the railway line. Her map was outdated and it it had the railway line ending in Charleville .... but of course the line had been extended to Quilpie many year prior and hence she followed the line ending her in Quilpie.
Many year before the airport was here in Quilpie there was a wool scour operating, so go inside the Airport building and read the history on Amy Johnson and Quilpie Wool Scour.
Visit the Abbey to do a self-guided tour of the downstairs most weekdays, provided you phone first to book.
Or, treat yourself to a night or two in this stately sandstone Heritage-listed Bed and Breakfast guest house which was originally built in 1891 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. You can also hold your wedding or private function here or set off on a self-guided tour or book in for high tea.
Groups are catered for by prior arrangement with lunch, morning tea or tours. Please visit their web page under events for other ways to experience this Country Manor House’s hospitality.
One of Warwick's standout heritage assets, this Victorian/Gothic building is a fantastic testament to the people who assisted in planning and building her. Features include well-tended gardens, opulent furnishings, beautiful original stained-glass from the Royal Bavarian Institute in Munich (who also made glass for the Vatican) and a statue designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi who designed the Statue of Liberty.
Be inspired by the exhibitions on display in the Roma on Bungil Gallery and the Walk of Art Gallery. Exhibitions vary with works from local and well renown travelling artists. See artisans at work in the various adjoining studios or just relax with a book in the adjacent modern library.
This striking mural containing 17 local elements is interpreted by means of an audio and moving light presentation, which gives a concise and interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and its district. The large 18 square metre clay mural was created by local artists, John and Maureen Morrison as a Bi-Centennial project.
Located in the Roma Cultural Centre.
The arid landscape of outback Queensland has been inspiration for artist Lyn Barnes since she began painting over eighteen years ago. Her work is recognised for its vivid depiction of not only the intense blue skies and red earth of her home, but also of the people of the area that is sometimes referred to as Heartbreak Corner.
Since opening her first gallery in Quilpie 12 years ago, Lyn’s work has become popular with outback travellers as they collect her pictures to remind them of their experiences. Successful annual exhibitions in Brisbane have proved to Lyn that Australians who live in cities still have a love of outback landscapes and lifestyle.
The paintings Lyn produces in her studio in at Eagle Gallery in Quilpie are held in both private and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas. She is regularly engaged by art groups in Roma, Charleville, Quilpie and Yowah as a pastel tutor.
Contact Lyn for opening hours....
The Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct is a dynamic space offering unique Indigenous experiences including the Menmuny Museum, Yarrabah Arts Centre and rainforest boardwalk.
The precinct showcases Aboriginal culture, art, identity and history through authentic handmade pottery, painting, woven baskets, place mats and textiles. The Menmuny Museum is a nationally significant historical collection showing the traditions and impact of Christianity on the community....
Restored from ruin in 2001, the iconic Glengallan House emerges from the ruins of the 1867 sandstone mansion as a unique heritage experience. Re-live the Glengallan story from squattocracy to farmer settlement through an innovative interpretation that allows the place to tell its own story.
Open 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday, Glengallan is an exceptional venue for day trippers, tour groups, school visits, reunions, weddings, workshops, seminars, markets and rallies; available for garden weddings and professional photography.
Free entry to Heritage Centre cafe which serves traditional fare with modern flair; souvenirs, arts and crafts and local produce available from farm shop; seasonal markets in the heritage gardens first Sunday of March, June, September and December.
A wide range of locally made souvenirs are available including Aloomba lavender products, Hidden Creek wines and Glengallan's own commemoratives wines: Gentleman Jack, Eliza D, King Billy and Ghost Gate port.
Glengallan hosts markets in the gardens on the first Sunday of March, June, September and December.
The first hospital in Mount Isa was a row of tents operated by the company from the earliest years of mining operations. Mount Isa Mines opened a 40 bed Community Hospital on the leases in 1929. Eventually another hospital was built on the Hospital reserve in town.
With the expanded hospital complex it was realised with two competing hospitals and funding for both that neither could be run efficiently and residents were encouraged to use the state run hospital. The mine hospital was effectively reduced to a casualty and first-aid station.
With the advent of World War II the impact on Australia was not great until the bombing in 1942 of Darwin. The work on defending the top end of Australia caused the influx of thousands of American troops into Northwest Queensland from April 1942. With the bombing of the Darwin Hospital, precautions were taken to protect the Mount Isa district hospital in the event of an air raid.
Australia's most unique Aviation Museum!
Queensland's premier flying museum.
It houses the only collection of flying WWI aircraft in Australia.
It is the only museum that concentrates solely on the first 30 years of powered flight.
It has a full size replica of the first aircraft to achieve powered, controlled flight – two years before the Wright brothers did.
See a 100 per cent accurate reproduction of the first ever true fighter aircraft of all time - it is one of only two in the world. (This one is painted in the colours of the one to shoot down the last Australian to die at Gallipoli).
Examine two flying aircraft that represent ones flown by interesting Australian Aces of WWI.
Learn about one of the flying WWI aircraftthat is literally powered by a 100 year old rotary engine.
Of all the aircraft in the museum, one can’t be found anywhere else in the world, three of them can’t be seen anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere and another two aircraft are the only ones of their type in the country.
The front wall of the museum is dedicated to all of the Australian airmen who became aces during WWI.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency. AIMS plays a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science's National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) is a world-class marine research aquarium facility for tropical marine organisms in which scientists can conduct cutting-edge research not previously possible in Australia.
Members of the public are invited to join a free tour of their Cape Ferguson facility every Friday between March and November.
Tours begin at 9.30am and end at approximately 11.45am. They include presentations on AIMS’ current research and a guided walk around the facilities, including a tour of the ‘world’s smartest aquarium’, the National Sea Simulator.
Numbers are limited. Bookings are essential and close at 4pm on the Wednesday before the tour.
Sturdy, closed footwear and a hat to protect against the sun are required. They also advise you to bring drinking water.
A lunch is available for guests to purchase at the cafe after the tour. Please inform reception if you intend on staying for lunch when booking.
The Townsville Museum and Historical Society has two large exhibition halls displaying artefacts relating to Townsville's medical, artistic, technological and social history. It is located in the suburb of Currajong, in the former Traffic Training Centre building. As well as its extensive artefact collections, the Museum also owns a large number of photographs and plans of Townsville and a more limited collection of documents and books relating to North Queensland. A recent new acquisition is a journal written by Elizabeth O'Brien, widow of Clifford O'Brien, who was drowned in the sinking of the Yongala off the north Queensland coast in 1911. This journal and Elizabeth's story is on permanent display in Hall 2.
The State Library of Queensland was founded in 1896 and is Queensland’s main site houses a range of collections made up of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, manuscripts and archives, maps, rare books, music, photographs, films and videos, and e-resources. These collections cover Queensland’s heritage, history, art, design and science. The library also holds community programs, showcases workshops and short courses, either for free or low price.
Onsite services and facilities include: computers and internet, free wi-fi access, microform printing and copying, standard copying and printing plus scanning. SLQ also have various rooms and venues for hire. Situated overlooking the Brisbane River between the Gallery of Modern and Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library is easily accessed via public transport and South Bank’s various paid parking lots. There is also a café and library shop onsite, open to the public daily.
Visiting Australia's premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner, is an unforgettable prehistoric adventure, where you see some of the most awe inspiring marine creatures such as 'Penny' the Richmond plesiosaur - Australia's best vertebrate fossil, 'Krono' Kronosaurus queenslandicus - a 10 metre, giant marine reptile and 'Wanda' - Australia's largest fossilised fish.
Although the museum has mostly marine creatures, there are two dinosaurs; 'Mia' Minmi paravertebra - with impressions of its fossilised skin, it is considered to be Australia's best-preserved dinosaur skeleton and 'Marlin's Beastie' sauropod - a gigantic plant-eating dinosaur.
The museum offers hand-held audio guides for a self-paced tour, starting with a theatrette presentation where you can step back in time and watch their prehistoric sea monsters come back to life.
With a modern, fully equipped preparation laboratory, visitors to the museum can view fossils being processed (via a glass viewing window).The preparation techniques carried out at Kronosaurus Korner are of a world class standard.
Kronosaurus Korner is also an accredited visitor information centre; our friendly staff can provide you with both local and regional information. The souvenir shop stocks a wide range of toys, gifts and apparel for both adults and children.
Old Government House was the hub of colonial life in the early days of Brisbane. Built between 1860 and 1862, just after Queensland achieved separation from New South Wales, the House was Queensland's first public building. Used as both a private residence and official state office, this House continued to be the home of Queensland's governors until 1910.
Recognised as one of Queensland's most important heritage sites, the building has undergone works and is now open to the public as a House museum. Visitors can gain insight into colonial life in the early days of Queensland, plus visit the William Robinson Gallery.
Located on the first level the Gallery and study centre honours the life and work of this distinguished Queensland artist.
A one-hour guided tour takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30am. Alternatively, there are podcast tours you can follow along with. There is an on-site cafe called The Pantry with baked goods and coffee, plus a special giftshop.
Admission is free.
The Pittsworth Pioneer Historical Village brings to life a bygone time, The Village consists of the old Pittsworth Post Office, the telephone exchange, the post masters residence, the original one-teacher school, a fully furnished cottage (circa 1900) and a blacksmith shop.
Explore working life in the early days with displays of farm machinery and cheese making equipment (Pittsworth was once home to nine cheese makers!).
There are numerous displays including clothing, lace work, early settlers hand tools, and a 1928 Austin Tourer car in original condition. Displays of memorabilia record the feats of Arthur Postle, one time Australian and world's fastest athlete. He was born in the Pittsworth district....
Sarina is situated 36 kilometres south of Mackay and 300 kilometres north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway. The Historical Centre is part of the 'Field of Dreams' complex on the southern outskirts of the township.
The Historical Centre is the former St Anne's Catholic Convent building. The building was built in 1923 as a Presbytery for the Catholic Priest in Sarina but when the first group of Sister's of Mercy were appointed to the town in 1925 the building became the Convent. A number of additions have been made to the original building so that they could take in boarders.
On 19 January 2001 it was relocated to its present site at the 'Field of Dreams' and renovated to become the Historical Centre.
Visitors can see the Historical Centre and view some important facts about this district for example gold mining, sugar, animal, coal, and rail industries to checking out about the lost Phoenicians as well as numerous other displays.
If required, morning tea can be provided for group bookings or bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. An electric barbecue is provided for your convenience.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the ultimate place to experience the rich and ancient cultures unique to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For over 26 years the park has engaged, entertained and educated thousands through two very unique experiences known to many as "Tjapukai By Day" and "Tjapukai By Night", each distinctly different.
Tjapukai By Day is great for all ages, offers free access to wi-fi and can be enjoyed no matter what the weather conditions may be. The parks restaurants, theatres and retail shop are complimented by a wide range of interactive experiences rotating throughout the day. Ranging from dance performances, boomerang and spear throwing, men's and women's business through to art exhibitions there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Tjapukai by Night- Journey into the legends of the dreamtime and discover the magic of Australia's ancient indigenous culture. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Aboriginal people through traditional dances, music and storytelling, providing a powerful and personal insight into ancient Australian culture. Admission includes a complimentary welcome drink on arrival (standard beer, wine or juice), scrumptious buffet dinner, face painting and time to browse the Retail Gallery for authentic Aboriginal souvenirs before departing.
In this collection you'll find a treasure trove of historical photographs, local historical records and artefacts relating to the early residents of Kumbia. The collection is thanks to the efforts of the Kumbia and District Historical Society (established 1980) and the Kumbia Hall Committee who joined forces to preserve and present as much local history as possible for the benefit of future generations and those interested in local history.
Of particular note is memorabilia from the early 1900s and a large collection of historic photos of the district, many of which were the work of local freelance photographer Harold Mears. After his death in 1977, the Historical Society was successful in acquiring his entire collection of 13000 negatives. Many are of the local district, people and events. Many of the photos have been printed off and are available for sale as postcards. To carry on from Harold Mears' era the Society has been given a collection of slides of local interest, these are the work of Mr Ernie Garrett and covers the 1950s to the 1970s.
The Nebo Museum is a tribute to the pioneers of the past and is well worth a visit.
In the early 1980s, to celebrate the Shire’s Centenary in 1983, a group of locals began the process of gathering many relics of the past and putting them together in a museum collection originally situated in the old Nebo Police Station.
Today’s relocated museum opened in 1998 and is run by volunteers of the local community. The diverse range of the collection can be viewed each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., or arrangements can be made with the Nebo office of Isaac Regional Council (next door) to visit at other times.
The Mount Britton Collection of paintings, on display at the museum, tell a story about the way of life of the early pioneers. Similar pioneer stories have occurred throughout this great land, as it was settled and so these prints have a universal Australian appeal.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public university located in state of Queensland of Australia. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest and largest university in Queensland and the fifth oldest in Australia. The main campus is located in the suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane City Central Business District. The University of Queensland is a member of the Australia's Group of Eight, and the international research-intensive universities network Universitas 21. UQ is colloquially known as a "sandstone university" and is ranked among the top universities in Australia and the top one per cent in the world.
The 114-hectare St Lucia Campus features gardens, public walkways, bike tracks and three large lakes. This creates a beautiful environment for visitors and attracts dozens of bird species and native wildlife such as possums and brush turkeys.
The university also plays host to a number of museums, including The James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre Art Museum. Today, with more than 3,000 artworks, the University's Art Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection.
Australia's most famous shearer, Jack Howe, shore a record of 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes in 1892 at Alice Downs Station, Blackall. He also set a record of 237 sheep shorn with electric shears which was not broken for 58 years. A memorial statue is located outside the Universal Garden Centre in Shamrock Street. Inside is a gallery, with a historic display, relating to the legendary shearer Jack Howe and local town history which can be seen for a small charge.
Gympie's Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre was first opened by the Queensland Museum and Department of Forestry in March 1984 and gives visitors a fascinating insight into the Timber Industry through the years.
The Centre has a host of attractions including a steam driven sawmill, springboard display, pioneering forestry hand tools display and a fully restored 1925 'republic' Winch Truck. The Woodworkers workshop is on site including and timber souvenirs are for sale.
Demonstrations and guided tours available for groups including school parties by arrangement.
King Opal is a unique Gold Coast tourist destination allowing visitors to view and purchase from the largest selection of exquisite Australian opals direct from the miners.
Since the 1880s, Australia's beautiful and extraordinary gemstone, the opal has been mined in the outback. Today, more than 95 per cent of the world's opals are sourced from Australia. On arrival you will experience their opal cutting workshop, a presentation on opal history by their friendly staff that covers all types of opals followed by the opportunity to explore their extensive and exclusive showroom.
In their showroom their professional staff will assist you with your requirements for opal selection and also show you our award winning display pieces from our museum.
With their location only five minutes from all the major theme parks you can experience their attraction that is available from 9am-5pm seven days a week.
Built in 1883 by the Campbell family, Kilburnie Homestead is the birthplace of local artist Ruby Campbell. Nowadays, Kilburnie Homestead is an operational cattle station with added open days…..and perhaps a ghost or two!
Make sure you get along to one of their open days. It truly is an amazing experience. Their art exhibitions at the property change every two months and each open day has a varying theme.
Details about their open days will be posted to the Facebook page prior to each open event, so keep an eye on that.
The Workshops Rail Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
The acclaimed, award-winning Museum should be on every Ipswich visitor's to-do list. Steeped in history - it was once the workplace of over 3000 railway workers and visitors enter via the historic Timekeepers' Building - it merges the romance of yesteryear with the exciting technological breakthroughs of the present.
The old boilershop houses the museum where you're dwarfed by beautifully restored locomotives and carriages, and where kids and kids at heart will marvel at Queensland's largest model railway featuring detailed real-life scenes of the state.
The interactive Nippers' Railway will keep youngsters enthralled for ages with activities such as driving a train and collecting tickets, and a popular exhibit for older ages is the Diesel Revolution where you take the controls of the diesel locomotive simulator.
Museum heritage tours occur twice a day, and the place is packed during school holidays, with the popular Day out with Thomas program running during the winter school holidays.
The newly opened South Burnett Energy Centre reflects the past, the people and the energy technology that developed the region and continues to mould our future. The visually exciting displays are located in a building formerly owned by Tarong Coal and incorporate a number of time lines and interactive displays as well as the original engines that supplied energy to Nanango for the first time in 1933.
The Miner's Cottage is located in the historic precinct of old Charters Towers. Established in 1992 by the current owner, this quaint little cottage has become a "must see" attraction when visiting the city. Every year, over a thousand school children participate in the popular "gold panning" activity. for REAL alluvial gold. The cottage houses a private collection of unique curios from the district.
Recently, a fully functioning blacksmith shop has been added to the range of things to experience. Handmade items are available for sale to help fund the enterprise. Bus groups are treated to a fascinating insight into the collection by the owner. Highly regarded on TripAdvisor due to the personal nature of the tours.
The cottage is available for group bookings all year round. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year. The building itself is of historical significance, being a workers cottage with connections to early pioneering families. The tour guide is an experienced gold prospector with extensive knowledge in where to find gold.
Gold Detectors are available for hire - on request, and training is part of the hire.
This year, the blacksmith's shop has been commissioned to create a replica steam train/tram.
Reef Teach will greatly enhance any Great Barrier Reef visit.
Their customers describe Reef Teach as informative, fun, hilarious, inspirational and most of all credit Reef Teach for enhancing their trip.
Reef Teach is the only privately run Great Barrier Reef Education Company. It has been running for 26 years this year (2018).
Through the use of real specimens (which are passed around), high quality images and video clips shown on a huge screen, their Marine Biologist will share with the audience hundreds of facts about the Great Barrier Reef. Their main focus topics to help customers have a great experience on the Reef include what marine animals they can see and wonderful facts about these animals.
They also give helpful hints on where to find some iconic animals and how to interact with them and the ever important conservation aspects. Armed with knowledge visitors of the Great Barrier Reef, see more and enjoy far more.
Reef Teach is great value for money, come along and see for yourself. The Reef Teach show runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Private shows and other Education Programs also available. Located in the heart of the Cairns Central Business District.
The Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery is located in picturesque Yowie Park.
The gallery is housed in the 1910 Courthouse that was relocated to the park in 2011, before opening in 2012. The Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery is home to the Kilcoy Art Society, who showcase new exhibitions every three months along with the ever changing artist of the month. These exhibitions highlight the talent and diversity of Somerset’s local artists.
The historic Texas Rabbit Works, which includes the Riverside Freezing Works, brings to life a very important era in the history of Texas and Australia. During the 1930s the Texas Rabbit Works employed 30 men and exported three tons of rabbit meat a week to England. The industry was credited with saving the Queensland town during the depression years. The works closed in 1992. The rabbit industry in 1929 was the largest employer in Australia.
When you think of what makes the wheels of the Australian economy turn today, most people think of mining and, historically, of agriculture. But in the 1930s the rabbit industry was at the top. At its peak, there were about 15 rabbit processing centres in Australia. If they each matched the exports of the Texas Rabbit Works, which in today's terms would be about AUD$200 million, then the rabbit industry was worth AUD$10 billion.
In a period where the economy suffered, workers of all trades found they could earn more money through trapping rabbits rather than pursuing their usual occupations. Entire families would 'rabbit' together, regularly earning up to the equivalent of AUD$900 a week.
Come and enjoy an 'old time' experience for the whole family. Chinchilla Museum offers insight into the unusual - a fascinating glimpse into a district rich in cattle, grain, sheep and timber, and more recently melons, grapes, stone fruits and vegetables.
Chinchilla Museum has a fine collection, including a non-working replica of a 1910 steam sawmill, steam engines, vintage cars, period costumes and historical relics. The buildings include Goombi Hall, the Emmerson Building, the authentic slab hut, Wongongera Cottage, a blacksmith shop and the old jail. Why not browse through the Kathleen Emmerson Memorial Library and discover some fascinating history?
Buildings from early village times have been re-erected on the grounds and add to the historical atmosphere. In recent times, the original Chinchilla School with school rolls and school memorabilia including all country schools information has been added.
Other key displays include:
Cypress Pine Centre, which tells the story of the saw milling industry that established the town
The Green Plague exhibit, explaining the devastation caused by the Prickly Pear cactus; and
The Melon Festival display, celebrating Chinchilla as Australia's 'melon capital'.
A snapshot of life in the early 1900's is in store for visitors to Yarraman Heritage Centre.
Set on two and three quarter acres in the heart of Yarraman, the centre comprises eight historic buildings, including what was once a Sisters of Mercy Convent. This two story building is a beautiful example of its time - the internal walls are stained tongue and groove crows ash timber. Visitors will also find the Yarraman Railway Station, Arthur Brown's Butcher Shop, a typical slab hut circa-1921 , and a farmer's cottage circa-1930.
You'll also find a restaurant and bar, a cellar door offering wine tasting of local wines, a community resource centre, public access internet terminals and a Visitor Information Centre.
The ground level contains cultural museum displays; 'Wooden Wealth', the history of timber in the district; Tarong Energy display, the history of the town's first power house; the Beersheba Room, a military memorabilia display featuring a bugle used in the Light Horse Charge at Beersheba in 1917 and an Art Gallery featuring the work of a local artist each month.
Take a picnic to enjoy in the 'Australian Area,' an acre of natural scrub walk ways and free barbecue facilities.
The Calliope River Historical Village is a true heritage experience which has captured and preserved some of the original buildings from around the Gladstone Region.
Come and spend some time looking at unique and interesting displays, including the Calliope River Railway facility which includes a Queensland Rail coach, two camp wagons and the Yarwun station. Take a trip down memory lane in the Raglan Dance Hall, or visit the country Markets which are held on site, with stall holders from as far away as the Gold Coast selling their wares.
The museum and tours operate daily at a small cost.