Irvinebank Tour

Irvinebank Tour

Irvinebank (4) History
Irvinebank is a small village (population 300 approx) west of Herberton in the foothills of the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland and isPerentie Tours major feature of the One Day Outback Tour. The area was first visited by white man in 1848 when Edmund Kennedy passed through the area on his way to the tip of Cape York. Forty years later it became a thriving town of 1200 plus people with an economy based on tin mining, milling, and smelting.

Tin was originally found in the area by J V Mulligan and Irvinebank was founded in 1884 by John Moffatt, the mining entrepreneur who also had mining interests in Chillagoe and Mount Carbine, purchased the mining leases from the original prospectors. Moffatt built a dam, mill, and erected a battery and smelter which was to become the largest smelter in Australia for a number of years and is now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and the Australian Heritage Register of the National Estate. Most of these structures are still standing.

The Vulcan Mine was developed into Australia’s deepest (1440 feet) and richest tin mine and had a working life of over 40 years, with some of the workings still visible

Irvinebank today

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Today the town still has a fine collection of historic heritage listed buildings. These buildings are not open to the public although Perentie Tours have negotiated to allow guests to get an insight into how people live in these remote areas – both now and in the past. In recent times Irvinebank has been rediscovered as the road has been improved and the historic nature of the town is realised but it’s in a remote location and although the access road has been improved, conventional vehicles are often not able to undertake the journey.


A wier used by the abandoned processing plant

About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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