The Capella Pioneer Village is located in Pioneer St, adjacent to the Gregory Hwy. It has grown to a significant repository of the Central Highlands region’s pastoral and agricultural history, including the largest restored drop-plank construction homestead in Australia.
The Village Collection contains over 5000 individual items that can be broadly grouped into the following exhibits:
- Settlers – 1869, 1883, 1900, 1907, 1927, 1948, 1956
- Central Highlands Wool Industry and Origins of the Great Shearers Strike
- The Railway Lifeline
- Wartime Remembrances
- The Peak Downs Scheme (Queensland-British Food Corporation)
- Broadacre Grain Farming
The Capella Pioneer Village annual Old Machinery and Craft Fair is held on the second Saturday of September at the Village grounds at the northern end of Capella’s main street. There is something for everyone with craft stalls, entertainment, food, fashion parade, blacksmithing and vintage engines and tractors rallying.
The complex is open from 9.00am to 12noon Wednesday to Friday and Sundays during Autumn, Winter and Spring.
Coach and group tours are conducted by appointment. Group bookings can be made by phoning 07 4984 9425, 07 4984 9449 or fax 07 4984 9378.