Barcaldine is a historic farming region in the far reaches of outback Queensland - but don’t let its location fool you. The small town is a mirage of green in the middle of the outback with tree-lined streets and lush gardens and it’s full of friendly locals ready to welcome you.
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Barcaldine is the largest town in the Barcaldine Regional Council area, with an interesting and famous history. There’s a range of welcoming places to stay from country style motels, lodges and family run inns. If you enjoy a pub-style stay, there are a couple of hotels to stay at in town – perfect to find out more about the area from the warm-friendly locals. For a great outdoor experience, camp at the nearby Lara Wetlands, twenty minutes’ drive from town where you can spend a day relaxing under shady trees and watching the wildlife pass by.
If you’re visiting through town on a self-drive 4 wheel drive tour, you might like to rest and refuel at an Airbnb or bed and breakfast. Pop into the visitor information centre in the old Globe Hotel and let them help you prepare for your onward trip, to gather local knowledge about road conditions, food and fuel supplies. The small country town has a friendly community spirt and looks forward to welcoming you.
The best place to start your adventure in Barcaldine is to walk 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.
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.
From Brisbane airport
QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Barcaldine are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.
In and around the city
Take a walking tour of the town or hire a bike at the Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre. Bus Queensland runs a service to neighbouring towns, including Longreach.