Catching the school bus to go to Atherton via Herberton

Catching the school bus to go to Atherton via Herberton, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

Another highlight of our stay in Ravenshoe was using the local school bus service to explore the Tablelands. It is school holiday time but the bus still runs from Ravenshoe to Herberton and then to Atherton three times a day. A total of approx 200km round trip along winding and steep roads. I’m sure Matilda would appreciate being left behind in the camp ground. It only cost $14 each for the round trip.

First stop was Herberton. A historic village that was the centre of a tin mining boom in the 1800’s. We walked around the old mine site then looked through the very well laid out displays in the museum. That was only the start as we were told of the Herberton historic vintage village just out side town, but then we saw the very steep two kilometre road that we would have to walk up and we decided maybe it was not worth the effort…

After a cuppa we were talking to one of the council workers planting up flower beds, “oh you mustn’t miss it” she said and gave us a lift up the hill in the council ute. We spent 3 hours looking round there was so much to see.We were pleased the council worker had persuaded us to go.

Jody, the bus driver, picked us up from outside the historic village and dropped us off at Atherton for another 2 hours looking around before finally picking us up at 5pm for the final one hour trip back to Ravenshoe. It had been a very busy and interesting day so we decided the only way to finish the day was with a meal at the local pub.

It was 7-30pm and dark when we finally arrived back in camp. Boots, our next door camper, came over as we opened Matilda’s door, he said they had all been worried about where we were, and he was pleased to see us safely back home…

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