Barcaldine welcomes visitors to celebrate 30 years of the May Day Parade at the Tree of Knowledge Festival

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Barcaldine’s May Day Parade celebrations, and the town invites visitors to experience the Tree of Knowledge Festival.  

The Tree of Knowledge Festival will once again take over the Outback town of Barcaldine this May. 

Its timing with the Labor Day long weekend is not coincidental – Barcaldine is the birthplace of the Labor Party.  

In 1891, under the boroughs of the Tree of Knowledge, Australia’s first sheep shearing strike took place.  

To celebrate this history, the ‘garden city of the Outback’ hosts four days of family-fun and entertainment with the annual Tree of Knowledge Festival.  

General Manager of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA), Peter Homan, is eager to see what this year’s festival has lined up.  

“Every year The Tree of Knowledge Festival puts on a cracking show, with parades and performances just the beginning of a fun long weekend.” 

“Running from 4-7 May, the 2018 Tree of Knowledge Festival program is packed with activities to suit the whole family.” 

“There’s plenty of things to see and do, including the Saturday races, the Striker’s Town Party, markets, RevFest, and a Family Fun Day on May Day following the parade” Homan said.

2018 Tree of Knowledge Festival Program Snapshot: 


Friday  6pm: Lamb Street Party 
Saturday  7.30am: Shearer’s Reunion BBQ Breakfast 
8am: Markets
10am: Artesian Country Art Exhibition  
10am: Six Stand Shearing Shed 
11am: Barcy Town Tour  
12pm: Tree of Knowledge Cup Race Meeting 
5.30pm: Striker’s Town Party 
Sunday  7am: RevFest
9.00am: Ecumenical Service 
9.30am: Barcaldine Museum Miniature Trains 
10am: Artesian Country Art Exhibition  
11am: Barcy Town Tour 
12pm: Junior and Senior Rugby League 
Monday  8.30am: Champagne Breakfast 
10am: May Day Parade and Family Fun Day 


For media information:

Peter Homan, General Manager, Outback Queensland Tourism Association

0438 394 492