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Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum

Atherton, Tablelands Area

Atherton Chinatown is the Award-winning site of the unique Hou Wang Temple and interpretive museum. Located just over a scenic hours drive south west of Cairns, the National Trust of Queensland property ensures visitors of a fascinating insight into part of North Queensland's history and heritage. The site was chosen by the Chinese settlers during the 1800s. The temple is the only one of its type remaining and the only temple dedicated to Hou Wang outside of China still existing. It has an ornate interior with original wood carvings that can be seen during the guided tour of the property.

Allow time to browse through the interpretive museum with its interactive displays and 'world-first' artefact scanner. The giftshop has a good array of Feng-Shui symbols and souvenirs.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $10.00 21 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 National Trust Members have Free entry.
Child $5.00 21 April 2008 – 31 March 2009
Child $0.00 21 April 2008 – 31 March 2009
Concession $7.50 21 April 2008 – 31 March 2009
Family $25.00 21 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 Two adults and four children.
Student $7.50 21 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 Adult students.

Open Times

Note: Open 1100 to 1600 Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Other Information

Accessibility:

The property consists of two historic buildings on 14 hectares of land. A concrete and wooden ramp leads disabled parking area into the front entrance of the 'Old Atherton Post Office' where the interpretive museum, gift shop, Atherton Shire Council art gallery and toilets are located. This building is wheelchair accessible. A ramp leads to the path that ends near the Temple. There is a grassed area between the path and the Temple pagoda. Wheelchairs generally are unable to access the Temple Building. A slide show of the Temple interior and artefacts can be viewed in the museum.

Children:

A responsible adult should accompany children. School groups and social groups are welcome by prior arrangement. The National Trust of Queensland requests a ratio of one supervisor per 10 primary school aged children and one supervisor per 15 high school aged children. The interpretive museum can be used as an educational tool for Chinese cultural history.
86 Herberton Road
Atherton, Tablelands Area
Queensland
Australia

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