Be a Guest at Barcaldine Tourist and Caravan Park
Here at Barcaldine Tourist Park we are friendly to all and love meeting new people and getting to know them. We pride ourselves on providing great service and a clean, comfortable environment for our guests to enjoy. From May through to September we provide free Billy Tea & Damper at 4pm each day. This is a good time for our guests to meet and swap some stories of their own. Live entertainment (subject to availability)
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The Barcaldine Region is located in central west Queensland approximately 440km west of Rockhampton, covering an area of 53,677 sq km with an estimated population of 3,503 people.
The Regional Council is made up of the former Shires of Aramac, Barcaldine and Jericho including the towns of Alpha, Aramac, Barcaldine, Jericho and Muttaburra.
The Region is one of the largest cattle producing regions in Central Western Queensland and also has a productive sheep, wool and macropod harvesting industry with the prospect of mining.
Barcaldine or ‘Barcy’ as it is affectionately known radiates the atmosphere of a true historic outback town. Back in the 1900s it was named the ‘Garden City of the West’ and to this day the town takes pride in its surrounding and exudes a special charm, friendliness and character.
Settlement began in 1886 when the central railway line from Rockhampton approached Lagoon Creek. First settler Donald Cameron named his property Barcaldine Downs after his 16th century ancestral home in Scotland, Barcaldine Castle. This was later extended to the township when it was gazetted in 1886. The great Artesian Basin was successfully tapped with Queensland’s first free flowing bore sunk at Back Creek 40km east of town. By 1887 the main street, Oak Street was abuzz with a dozen hotels, butchers, blacksmiths, bank and drapers.
In 1891 Barcaldine forges its path into Australian history with the Great Shearers Strike, which saw hundreds of workers camp out in protest against poor pay and working conditions in the shearing sheds. Shearers held the strike meetings in the shade of a ghost gum that became known as the Tree of Knowledge. Many of the strike leaders were arrested but their efforts laid the foundations of the Australian Labor Party.
Although in the early years fire ravaged many of the hotels and businesses, Barcaldine’s main street still presents a charming façade of beautiful old buildings. Between the bougainvilleas is a heritage trail that will journey you through the history of these.
Things to Do
The Tree of Knowledge is a ghost gum (Eucalyptus Papuana) growing in the main street of Barcaldine. You can find it in front of the Railway station. It is celebrated as being the central meeting place for the Shearers' Strike during the upheaval in 1891.
Although the shearers' strike spread far and wide, Barcaldine became the central point for the strike leaders who were sentenced with conspiracy and received three years hard labour. Although the dispute was settled before this the 13 leaders still had to serve their sentence.
This disturbance eventually led to the formation of the Australian Labour party. The Tree of Knowledge committee commemorates the 1892 struggle with a beautifully landscaped garden. The tree is said to be at least 170 years old.
The Tree of Knowledge was included in the National Heritage List on 26th January 2006. Sadly it was poisoned in 2006 and did not recover. A memorial has been erected in it's place and was opened on 2nd May, 2009.
Visit a working Sheep & Cattle property ‘Dunraven’ Barcaldine QLD. Enjoy the beauty of Outback Queensland 1st hand from a family who have owned Dunraven for over one hundred years. Here you can experience an Artesian Bore, sheep, cattle, cluster fencing and have smoko at the shearing shed plus much more. $15 per person (includes smoko). The tour is approximately 30kms from town and takes between 2 – 2.5 hours. Directions: Drive south on the Landsborough Hwy for 5km. Turn right onto the Isisford/Barcaldine Downs Rd drive for 14km and meet at the Duraven log. Tours depart 9am every Tuesday and Friday, weather permitting. Bookings Essential. Phone 0427511651. See them on facebook – Barcaldine Tag Along Tours.
The Australian Workers Heritage Centre pays tribute to the lives of ordinary workers, both past and present, who have contributed to the shaping of our nation. This award-winning museum has multimedia presentations, artefacts and historic workplaces such as a police watch-house, all of which help trace the history and traditions of the nation’s working people.
From old gamaphones, antiquated newspapers and even a qantas airline ticket from 1923, The Barcaldine and District Historical Museum houses all sorts of memorabilia that provide a fascinating insight into the history of Barcaldine.
The unique building of the Comet Masonic Lodge was completed in 1901. Its distinctive chamferboard front was painted to resemble a stone façade during conservation works in the 1980s. The lodge continues to play a prominent role in the social life of Barcaldine.
The permanent waterholes and large recreational area of Lloyd Jones Weir provides a tranquil resting place to fish or bird watch under shady eucalyptus trees. The weir was first filled in 1954 and has been a popular place to escape the dust and heat ever since.
Catch a movie at the historic Barcaldine Radio Theatre, built in 1926 during the era of silent movies. In those days, patrons would take their own pillows and blankets; a far cry from the comfortable canvas seating provided today. The theatre closed for many years by was reopened in 1995.