Barcaldine

Barcaldine Folk Museum, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 1338

This pastoral and rail town is located some 100 kilometres east of Longreach. Known as the ‘Garden City of the West’, it was the first Australian town to tap the waters of the Great Artesian Basin, an event commemorated by the town’s giant windmill. After the 1891 Shearers' Strike, the Australian Labor Party was born here.

Visitor Information

Cnr Oak and Beech sts; (07) 4651 1724

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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In Town

Australian Workers Heritage Centre This centre is a tribute to the working men and women of Australia – the shearers, teachers, policemen and other workers who helped build the nation. The interpretive displays also cover the events leading to the formation of the Labor Party. Open 9am–5pm Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm Sun and public holidays; Ash St; (07) 4651 2422.

Tree of Knowledge: was a large ghost gum, which stood outside the railway station. It was fatally poisoned in 2006, but is being preserved and will be placed inside an $8 million memorial; Oak St.

Folk Museum: display of historical memorabilia from the area; Cnr Gidyea and Beech sts.

Roses 'n' Things: sit among over 800 roses of various varieties while enjoying Devonshire tea; Coolibah St.

National Trust–classified buildings: Masonic lodge, Beech St; Anglican church, Elm St; shire hall, Ash St.

Murals and musical instruments: Barcaldine is home to several murals including one painted by the late D'Arcy Doyle. There are also 2 musical instruments in the parks, which visitors are free to play; Oak St.

Between the Bougainvilleas Heritage Trail: this award-winning heritage trail showcases Barcaldine's varied and colourful history; details from visitor centre.

Artesian Country tours: including some to Aboriginal carvings and caves; details from visitor centre.

Bike hire: a gold-coin donation will allow you to cycle around the town at your own leisure and take in all the sites.

Nearby

Bicentennial Park: has botanical walk through bushland; Blackall Rd; 9 km S.

Lloyd Jones Weir: great fishing and birdwatching venue; 15 km SW.

Campsites around town

Barcaldine Tourist Park 1 km

About 1.5 km from the centre of town on Box St (Matilda Hwy), this tourist park with drive-through grassy sites has an excellent range of facilities including wireless internet, and free use of the washing machines and... Find out more


Aramac Caravan Park 65 km

This campground is next to the Aramac Showgrounds on Booker St in Aramac. There are some powered sites and laundry facilities are available. Aramac is part of the Barcaldine Regional Council, 440 km west of Rockhampton,... Find out more


Barcoo Riverside Camp 98 km

Caravan-based campers with self-contained facilities can use the clearing on the northern side of the Barcoo River, about 500 m from the centre of Blackall. All visitors must register at the information centre on... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Barcaldine Tourist Park 1 km

A newer park on the southern outskirts of town, this park is easily accessible from the Matilda Highway. It has good facilities and offers free billy tea and damper in the tourist season. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more


Blackall Caravan Park 99 km

Easily accessible from the Landsborough (Matilda) Highway, the park is just a short walk from the town centre. It is popular during the winter tourist season, offering camp-oven meals each evening. Bookings are required... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Barcaldine East rest area 2 km

85km W of Jericho (R) or 2km E of Barcaldine (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Lloyd Jones Weir camping area 13 km

T/O 102km N of Blackall (L) or 5km S of Barcaldine (R)

Secluded area among trees on the banks of the Alice River. Located 9km (partly unsealed) west of the highway via Isisford Rd.


Clover Hills rest area 28 km

78km N of Blackall (R) or 29km S of Barcaldine (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


Tara rest area 30 km

29km W of Barcaldine (R) or 51km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


Alice River Rest Area 53 km

34 km W of Jericho (L) or 53 km E of Barcaldine (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees at the site of a memorial. Good shade.


Dartmouth rest area 63 km

63km W of Barcaldine (R) or 17km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


Newstead Creek rest area 75 km

74km W of Barcaldine (R) or 6km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub.


Ilfracombe park area 80 km

At Ilfracombe

Adjacent to the highway at the historical vehicle display.


Douglas Ponds rest area 80 km

23km N of Blackall (L) or 84km S of Barcaldine (R)

Secluded area well off the highway among some trees.


Jericho Park Area 86 km

Middle of town

Parking area adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.


Barcoo River camping area 98 km

At Blackall

On the banks of the Barcoo River 300m south-west of the highway via Isisford Rd.


What's on around town

Mini steam-train rides: depart Folk Museum; last Sun each month (Mar–Oct).

Easter in the Outback: Easter.

Tree of Knowledge Festival: festival includes the Revfest, goat races, May Day parade and markets; May.

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