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Cairns: Historic Village Entrance Ticket in Herberton

1. Cairns: Historic Village Entrance Ticket in Herberton

Immerse yourself in Australia’s mining, timber and farming heritage at the award-winning Historic Village Herberton. Explore over 60 original buildings, each housing an extensive display of memorabilia. With quirky Australian collectibles, olden day machinery, vehicles and thousands of genuine antique items, the Village is regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in Australia. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy interactive live working displays of blacksmithing, woodturning, John Deere tractors, the printery, small engines, sawmill, and antique motor vehicles. Discover highlights such as the 130-year old grand pioneer homestead Elderslie House, the John Deere Tractor Shed, Coach house, Chemist and Toy Shop, and the delightful Bakerville Hotel - now a traditional tearoom. On Sundays, get the opportunity to experience a heritage train ride on the Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway.

Cairns: Aboriginal Art and Culture Full-Day Trip with Lunch

2. Cairns: Aboriginal Art and Culture Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Spend a day enriching your knowledge of Aboriginal culture. Take a painting class with an Aboriginal artist, learning how stories are told through Aboriginal paintings. Drive through Aboriginal "highways," join a traditional smoking ceremony, and wander through lush rainforest on your tour. Visit Janbal Gallery, where you'll take part in a painting class with Aboriginal artist, Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Paint your own canvas and let Binna guide you through cultural painting techniques. Next, drive through Shannonvale Valley on the way to lunch and learn about the ancient Aboriginal "highways" that ran through the region. Once at Mossman Gorge Centre, be greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people. Then, with a view of the rainforest, enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavors. After lunch, wander through one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests at Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people. There, learn about the special relationship the Kuku Yalanji people have with this unique environment from your Aboriginal guide.

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