- 5 Castling Street, West End, Townsville
- Opening hours
- Mar-Nov Wed 10am-2pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4pm
- Adults $8, Children $2, Concession $5
The National Trust Heritage Centre provides an opportunity to see what life was like when it was slower. With its furniture and collection, ‘Currajong’ shows the lifestyle of families prominent in the history of north Queensland. Of the other two buildings on site, the 'Worker’s Cottage' is now the oldest identified residence of its kind in Townsville, while the 'Farmhouse' is representative of the houses on farms that once surrounded and sustained Townsville.
The Heritage Centre was created in the 1970s as a means of rescuing Townsville buildings which otherwise would have been lost. Its key structure is the late nineteenth century residence ‘Currajong’, furnished to show the gracious style of living of that era. Following its relocation to the present site, ‘Currajong’ was restored to its pre-Second World War appearance, because much had been preserved under later additions and alterations. The 'Worker’s Cottage' and the 'Farmhouse' were relocated to the site when threatened by urban expansion.
‘Currajong’ is a large, single-storey timber residence with wide verandahs. The 'Worker’s Cottage' is low-set, has two rooms, a front verandah and an enclosed rear verandah. The 'Farmhouse' is high-set on timber stumps with its two rooms separated by a passageway, and features verandahs all round, the rear one now enclosed.