Thanks to the discovery of tin in 1880, Herberton can lay claim to the distinction of being the first town established on the Atherton Tableland.
Although tin is still mined in the area, Herberton today supports more orchardists, vegetable growers and, suprisingly for a town in the tropical zone, more grape growers than miners.
Each town on the Tableland has something different to offer the visitor and Herberton certainly has its individual charm with avenues of jacaranda, some stunning old buildings, and a Historic Village that sets the heritage benchmark for the region. Highlight on the Herberton social calendar is the Tin Festival held in September.
For a scenic journey with a difference, jump aboard the old steam rattler which runs along the 44km stretch from Atherton to Herberton. The track winds through pristine wetlands and spectacular ranges, while open carriages allow keen photographers to capture such stunning landmarks as Carrington Falls.