When there are 1300 people in town and five pubs on the main street alone, you know the odds are forever in your favour to find a cold beverage in Barcaldine. Make like a college student and set yourself a pub crawl challenge of O-Week proportions, making your way up and down Oak Street to try a schooner in them all. By the time you’re done, you’ll be thankful that the other six pubs once in town, have since shut down. Each pub sports a rich history of over 100 years – some of them even still wear evidence of fire, flood and fights from a century’s worth of Outback hospitality. Visitors are well spotted by the Barcaldine bar flies, who take great pleasure in regaling the history of their establishment-of-choice as well as promoting the town’s best attractions. If you run out of things to talk about, just ask a local about the ‘dog fences’ and prepare for a beginners course in sheep herding.