The Maheno Shipwreck is a wonderful piece of Australian history and a must-see attraction for visitors to Fraser Island.
Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers and she travelled a regular route between Sydney and Auckland. During World War One she was commissioned as a hospital ship and served time in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. But in 1935, along with her sister ship the Oonah, the Maheno was sold to Japan for scrap metal. Both boats were being towed to Japan when a cyclone hit off the Queensland coast and snapped the tow chain. The Maheno was left to drift onto Fraser Island’s beach, left to deteriorate and become one of the island’s greatest ocean legends.
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
The only distillery in Tropical North Queensland, Mt Uncle is set among banana, avocado and macadamia trees. Wonder the grounds with the peacocks; visit the cellar door for a taste of its award-winning spirits and liqueurs; or drop by the restaurant for a spot of lunch.
More than 500 years old, and only a short drive from Yungaburra, the curtain tree fig is a fascinating display of nature and a must-see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands.