Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum - Atherton
If you are looking for things to do in Atherton, you will discover a surprising interior in the rare 1903 timber and tin Chinese temple.
Located in the midst of the tropical Far North Queensland of the Atherton Tablelands is the last timber and iron Chinese temple in Australia, the Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum.
Donated to National Trust of Australia (Queensland) in 1979, the Chinese temple has undergone meticulous conservation of its unique, historical integrity.
Visiting Atherton, locals and tourists alike can explore and appreciate the significance of its Chinese cultural heritage. Far more than just a temple, Hou Wang Miao features a full display of cultural artefacts to engage and educate the whole family on what was once a site of social and religious significance for the region’s Chinese community.
Discover the beautifully preserved artefacts within the Chinese museum as you are guided by passionate volunteers who are brimming with facts and information about this exceptional property. It is rumoured to be the only existing temple dedicated to Hou Wang outside of China itself. Most of the temple fittings, including the elaborate carvings, bell and metal vessels, were made in China and transported to Australia.
Members from the community contributed money to fund the construction of the temple in 1903, and their names are recorded on inscriptions within the building. Located on the edge of Atherton, the Hou Wang Temple is not to be missed when exploring North Queensland.
The Hou Wang Temple can be reached by car or by the daily bus services running from Cairns, Kuranda and Mareeba to Atherton.
Plan Your Visit
86 Herberton Road, Atherton, Queensland, 4883
Tuesday to Saturday
10am to 2pm
Closed from 24 January to 2 March 2021
Adult - $10
Child - $5
Family - $20
Concession - $5.00
National Trust members - free
Entrance to the Museum - free