Jacaranda Festival day on Sunday 8th October was a great success. The sun was shining and the Jacaranda trees were in magnificent flower which brought a big crowd to the Herberton Station.
Visitors were able to see the how far restoration of the both the 1905 Peckett loco and 1013 carriage had progressed. They found the displays on the history of the railway and sleeper cutters were very interesting and informative.
The music of the Tableland Pipe Band, Tableland Brass Band and the MAS Choir had visitors feet tapping and bush poetry by Veronica Weal had everyone spell bound. Darryl Cooper kept people intrigued with his blacksmith demonstrations.
Community groups such as the CWA, the Royal Flying Doctors and Herberton Fire Brigade joined in to give a festive feeling to the day. The Lionesses took the Jacaranda theme of the day to an extra level and had purple cream on the scones of their Devonshire teas they were selling.
The Jacaranda Express was busy all day carrying passengers on the line between Herberton Station and the Historic Village Herberton.
If this year’s day is any indication next year will be bigger and better so keep the second Sunday in October free to come to Herberton Station for a great day out.