About Barcaldine

Population: 1,500


Situated at the crossroads of the Landsborough and Capricorn Highways, Barcaldine is a town filled with history, colour and a strong representation of aboriginal culture. It is often referred to as the Garden City of the West, due to its beautiful gardens, Bougainvillea Heritage Trail, wide tree-lined streets and the well known Tree of Knowledge structure.

As the historical site of the 1891 Shearers’ Strike that was sadly poisoned in 2006, this peculiar ‘tree’ it is now a traffic-stopping memorial located in the towns main street. When leaving or returning from the towns of Longreach, Emerald or Blackall, be welcomed by locals at the many main street ‘true-blue’ pubs and eclectic mix of modern and historical buildings.

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Tree Of Knowledge Memorial

The historic Tree of Knowledge is famous for being the birthplace of the Australian Labour movement. The tree was poisoned in 2006, preserved and placed under an award winning timber structure. It is now a place of inspiration, reflection and celebration. It is beautifully lit with green lighting…

Radio Picture Theatre

The Radio Picture Theatre is a classic Art Nouveau movie theatre, with the original canvas seating and painted screen facade. Movies are still shown on weekends and the building is also used periodically to house art competitions, quilt displays and travelling plays. It is managed by the Barcaldine…

Lloyd Jones Weir

Lloyd Jones weir is situated 14 kilometres south west of Barcaldine. It is a camping, recreation and fishing area. It’s open daily, all year round and is a great place to enjoy the surrounds of Barcaldine. Throw a line in and try to catch yellowbelly or a red…

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