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“Virtually Unknown”

Caboolture Historical Village
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Caboolture
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Caboolture Historical Village is situated on 4 hectares (about 12 acres) of land just north of Caboolture town centre on the old Bruce Highway. It is listed as the Number One Tourist destination in the region. The dream of preserving our local heritage started with the formation of the Caboolture Historical Society in 1959. The first building arrived 20 years later when the old Caboolture Shire Council Chambers was moved to the site. Since that time with the contribution of many volunteers and supporters, the Village has grown to be the popular destination for tourists and locals to explore the local history.
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This is a great place! We had heard almost nothing about the village and had fairly low expectations. We had planned on spending an hour or two and ended up staying for about five hours. They have a fine collection of old buildings, well restored and/or preserved as well as some great collections of vehicles and artifacts. Some of the collections could benefit from more contemporary museum practices with less emphasis on the number of exemplars and more on chronology, evolution of the technology, background and information.

The pity is, no one has heard of this place. The standard Australian and Queensland guidebooks don't even mention it. Nearby standard Tourist Information facilities in Brisbane and Mooloolaba don't even have a leaflet. I talked to a number of the local merchants and restauranteurs in nearby towns and they've never heard of it either. It's maybe 10 or 15 km from the Glass House Mountains so the area gets a fair number of visitors but when we were at the village on a weekend, there were maybe 10 or 15 other people. What a shame!

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

I was reluctant to spend fifteen dollars to get in but pleasantly surprised by the work that has gone into the buildings and displays.With a large volunteer staff of eager and knowledgable people if you can go on a day when the children are there you get to see train hold-ups and washing demonstrations along with great maritime and military arms displays. Do take time to go inside all the buildings and walk into the rainforest.

Thank Lynn L
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Greg R, Manager at Caboolture Historical Village, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

School visit days are fantastic days ,the sounds of happy children laughing ,squealing with delight ,shock or horror at the various activities they are engaged in.Our visitors are encouraged to join in and soak up the atmosphere.We believe our volunteers really shine on these days because of the great interaction that takes place and our bushrangers consistently outpoll all the others but if you saw the show you would fully understand.Is it their good looks (?) ,witty conversations,the political incorrectness or the loudness of their gunfire.Visit the Village for yourself on a school visit day and make up your own mind.
We encourage you to phone the Village before visiting and ask which days school visits are allocated so you can join in but be warned it can be noisy ,in a delightful way.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised with how interesting and large the village was. Instead of your average museum the village is....well a village! Old shops, hospital, school, barber, butcher etc. set up with items from the past. It takes a good few hours to walk around and look at every building. There is a fun mini train ride. There is a cafe. Overall a nice local attraction.

Thank Natalie M
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Greg R, Manager at Caboolture Historical Village, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

The Village is set on nearly 12 acres and we at the Village like to describe it as a " working Village".A lot of volunteers work very hard so that our visitors can have a great experience in a bygone era of not rushing things.Take your time to smell the roses and relax and we trust you too will find it a pleasant experience just as this group did.

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Many people from my understanding don not know this little treasure exists.
If you are a budding historian or keen enthusiast of aged relics, then this spot may be for you.
It took us just over 3 hours to see everything in depth.
There was everything from a still functional Blacksmith's Workshop, Printing Studio to a mini-train which the kids will adore.
Even if you are not a History nut, you may also appreciate some of the views and photo taking opportunities.
There is a Cafe that sells drinks and limited food. Pleasant none-the-less.
Worth a look. Treat yourself to a little adventure to the years past.

Thank TonyTheTravelGuy
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

I organized 29 men to visit this village as an outside activity.
The interest generated was great the exhibits and information was fabulous and very informative.
Our lunch was gastronomical and was well received by the Men.
Our own internal feedback was a day well spent.

Thank Curly65Brisbane
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