Barcaldine is a historic farming region in the far reaches of outback Queensland - but don’t let its location fool you.
This is a small town full of big surprises. It’s a mirage of green in the middle of the outback, with wide, tree-lined streets and lush gardens. It’s rich in stories of the past and a big part of Australia’s political history - and it’s full of friendly locals ready to charm you with old-fashioned hospitality and a taste of their unique life in ‘the garden city of the west’.
QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Barcaldine are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.
Visit Barcaldine and discover a side of Australia full of character and history.
- Come for the first weekend in May and enjoy the tastes and sounds of the Tree of Knowledge Festival - an annual celebration of Barcaldine and its colourful history, attracting visitors from near and far.
- Drop in to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre, which houses exhibitions celebrating the working men and women of Australia.
- Hire a bike from the Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre and take a tour of the city, stopping at museums, galleries and cafes as you go.
- Visit Lara Wetlands, a twenty minutes’ drive from town - camp on the banks or spend a day relaxing under shady trees and watching the wildlife pass by.
- Jump aboard a four wheel-drive and explore an operating cattle farm on a tag-along tour of Dunraven Station.
Explore Barcaldine and discover what life on the land is all about.
In and around Barcaldine
The best place to start your adventure is at the Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre in the old Globe Hotel.
Pick up a booklet and hit the award-winning Between the Bougainvilleas Heritage Trail - past historical sites and displays of stories, interesting facts and original photographs.
You won’t miss the towering Tree of Knowledge as you walk through town, with the cathedral-like sculpture taking pride of place on the main street. This was the site of the historic 1891 shearers’ strike - the original eucalyptus tree was poisoned in 2006 and a memorial was built around the site and unveiled in 2009, offering a great light display at night.
Refuel for lunch at one of the bakeries on the main street, or at Ridgee Didge Cafe which serves an indigenous coffee blend - before learning even more more about life in the outback with a visit to the Barcaldine and District Folk Museum and The Australian Workers Heritage Cottage.
End your day with a movie at the historic Barcaldine Radio Theatre. Sample your favourite brew at each of the five pubs lining Oak Street, enjoy wood-fired pizza at The Lounging Emu or a meal at one of the pubs and restaurants in town.
For a great outdoor experience, camp at the nearby Lara Wetlands, or stay central at one of the hotels and motels.
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Barcaldine enjoys a typical outback climate with hot summers and warm winters. Winters temperatures average highs of around 25°C and average overnight lows of 7°C. In the height of summer, average daily high temperatures reach 36°C with average overnight lows of 22°C and most rainfall occurring in the summer months.
From the airport
Barcaldine Airport is 2km from the town centre. Hire cars or taxis are not available at the terminal, but contact your chosen accommodation provider in advance, and many will offer an airport transfer.