Herberton

Herberton is a part of the Atherton Tablelands in Tropical North Queensland and has a population of around 1000 people.

The early explorers arrived at what is now Herberton, in 1875 when James Venture Mulligan was prospecting for gold, but instead found tin . The town of Herberton was established on 19 April 1880 by John Newell to exploit the tin find, and mining began on 9 May. By the September of that year, Herberton had a population of 300 men and 27 women. Herberton Post Office opened on 22 November 1880. In December 1881 a State School was established in Herberton and the Cosmopolitan Hotel opened in Herberton in 1888.

In the late 19th century the Mulligan Highway was constructed through the hills from Herberton and passed through what is now Main Street, Atherton, before continuing down to Port Douglas .

At its apogee, Herberton was the richest tin mining field in Australia, and was home to 17 pubs, 2 local newspapers and a brewery.

Tin mining ceased in Herberton in 1978.

Herberton has limited pet friendly accommodation which includes pet friendly cottages, pet friendly hotels and pet friendly caravan parks and the Herberton area also has pet services such as vets, pet transport operators, farriers, horse riding, pet food outlets, and pet supplies and accessories.

The next time you are in the Atherton Tablelands it is advisable to stop off at Herberton and stay a day or two or even a week. You will enjoy your Herberton experience.

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