Schools Information

School visits are very welcome.

Our School Programs provide a unique vision into the history of 19th Century Australia. Including the development of Caboolture from the cotton farmers producing cotton for the American Civil War in the 1860s, through the gold rush in 1869 and sugar cane being produced by the Morayfield Sugar Plantation in 1873.
Schools can select from a wide range of activities which include programs developed specifically to support the Australian Curriculum e.g.

•   re-enactments,
•   gem sieving at the Gem Club,
•   assisting with washing duties in the old-time laundry,
•   learning about the dairy industry,
•   watching the blacksmith and old printery in action and other activities

The Caboolture Historical Village plays host to many schools from all over south-east Queensland annually.

A visit to the Village focuses on changes to our lifestyle, transport, communication and industry as it was.

The Village is made up of over 70 buildings, displaying some 110,000 items and is set on 12 acres. There is a Cafe and Tea Room on site for light refreshments.

We are happy to help with any questions you may have.

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Entry Prices

  • The price per student is $11.00 (this price includes entry, GST and most activities)
  • 1 adult to every 5 students is admitted free of charge – beyond this ratio the charge for extra adults is the student price of $11.00.
  • A train ride is included in the price

Suggested Itinerary

  • Arrive (usual ETA 9:30am). Have a 10 – 15 minute toilet and food break.
  • On the day of your visit your group will be split into smaller groups of no more than 26 students and five adults.
  • The train has only 30 seats.
  • You will be given a timetable for the demonstrations. These will be from 10:00am to 12.30pm in 20 minute blocks.
  • Around 12:30pm have lunch.
  • Complete your activity book and exploration through the Village.
  • (Teachers can review answers at the Village or later back at school.)
  • Before you leave, remember to have another toilet break and/or snack break.

School Historical Pack

The village is now pleased to offer a new arrangement to assist you with teaching the children. We have created packs (cartons) of various historical items which Queensland schools can get on loan. These packs will be on loan to each school for a period of one month (or more by arrangement) for the cost of only $200.00. N.B. if the same school then books an excursion to the village $100 of the fee will be refunded. The packs can be collected from the village during business hours (9 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week).

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We ask that all schools have a ratio of 1 adult to every 10 students. However in order to encourage supervision and ease the cost on schools we allow 1 adult to every 5 students into the Village free of charge, however any more adults than this are charged at students prices.

School Activities

The Village plays host to schools from all over Queensland annually. A visit to the Village focuses on changes to our lifestyle, transport, communication since early settlement.

The Village is made up of 70 buildings, housing some 110,000 items and set on 12 acres. There is a Tearoom and Café on site for light refreshments.

School visits are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays subject to demonstrator availability.

We have a number of activities available to Schools. If you would like to have any of these activities available to you, please contact the contact the Schools Coordinator by using the email link here:

WASHING - We are now offering a free activity of washing the old-fashioned way. The students can participate in washing items using an old washing copper and wringer. Each group can be about 24 in size and the demonstration will last for about 20 minutes.

BLACKSMITH - The Blacksmith will make every effort to be in the Village on days when schools are visiting. The students see how they use the fire, anvil, cold water to mould metal.

GEM SIEVING - The Gem Club situated in the Goods Shed runs an activity called “sieve-a-gem”. For $1.00 the students get a lucky dip and a go to “sieve-a-gem” using a big sieve and a drum full of sawdust and stones, much like panning for gold. No student walks away without a collection of pretty coloured gems. Bookings for this activity are essential. An invoice will be presented to the school from the Gem Club who is a separate entity.

DAIRY - the process of separating milk is explained by a Volunteer with working machinery. A working model also shows how to make butter. Come and see the big cow!

PRINT SHOP - using the various antique pieces still in operation today, students can make a bookmark using the equipment.

QUEENSLAND PRISON MUSEUM - Housed inside the police station the museum focuses on the history of the prison system in Queensland. Volunteers Mick and Steve can give presentations of all the items used. Two historic timber lock-up cells are also located at the back of the police station.

TRANSPORT DISPLAY - The Queensland Department of Transport has installed a display titled, “Transport, Then and Now”, in our Railway Museum. This display is directly aimed at primary school children so please make the time to see it during your visit.

TRAIN - All students are offered a ride on the train which runs on a 500-metre track within the Village. This activity does not require booking. Watch for some surprises on the ride. (Dependent on volunteer availability.)

LEARNING RESOURCES - Each child can access a Workbook to take on their journey through the Village exhibits. They fill out the answers during the day to re-enforce the learning experience.

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Kids Village Project Books Available to Download:

Designed to be interactive, interesting, and help you with your visit to the Village