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 Summer Escape: 6-8 Day Tour. Visit the most popular and must-see attractions in Longreach, including the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum; embark on a day tour of Winton including the Waltzing Matilda Centre and amazing dinosaur discoveries at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs; and enjoy experiences such as the Camden Park Station Sunset Tour, a Drover’s Sunset Cruise, Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show, and more!
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.