Barcaldine's charming facade, one that has earned it the tag of 'Garden City of the West' hides tumultuous tales of a controversial past.
Barcaldine’s charming facade, one that has earned it the tag of ‘Garden City of the West’ hides tumultuous tales of a controversial past.
The township was established in 1891 five years after the railway push into the Outback. Barcaldine became the headquarters of the Great Shearers’ Strike. One thousand shearers laid down their blades in a defiant protest that reverberated around the nation. Resulting in the formation of the Australian Labor Party and a graziers’ group which later evolved into the National Party. An enduring symbol of the strike lives on today in the Tree of Knowledge. The sculpture is made from a ghost gum in the town’s main street where the strike meetings were held.
Barcaldine is situated at the junction of the Capricorn and Matilda (Landsborough) Highways. Use Barcaldine as a base from which to explore the Central West of Queensland. The extensive range of accommodation and shopping facilities make this town a relaxing place to stay, recover and explore.
Visit Barcaldine with Outback Aussie Tours:
- Outback Overlander: 9-10 Day Tour. Take a unique adventure deep into the heart of the spectacular outback. Explore some of Queensland’s best kept secrets as you journey from Cairns to Brisbane via Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine and the fascinating Outback overland region.
Key Barcaldine attractions include:
- Australian Workers Heritage Centre: The nation’s only dedicated and ongoing tribute to the history of all Australian working men and women. The cultural and heritage styled interpretive centre honours our nation’s workers and highlights how the towns historic events changed the course of the nation’s working history. Set in over five acres of landscaped gardens, it is also home to the Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre, a unique residential facility for schools and community groups.
- Barcaldine Radio Theatre: The old world Radio Theatre is complete with its canvas seats, and the working windmill that pumps water into the sculpture designed and erected by the Youth of Barcaldine, which stands outside the information centre.
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This small-group tour promises a unique and authentic adventure deep into the heart of the spectacular landscaped outback with visits to working stations, homesteads, magnificent gorges and historic towns. Explore some of Outback Queensland's best kept secrets....