Barcaldine is well known as the Garden City of the West and has a population of approximately 1900. It is situated on the Central Western Railway line approximately 518 km west of Rockhampton.
Residentially, Barcaldine is the best town in the Central West, with its fertile soil ideal for gardening, its parks and playgrounds, sporting fields, Olympic swimming pool, tree lined streets, hospital amenities, Artesian bore water, electricity supplies and general civic pride.
All streets are named after trees. The southern and eastern approaches to the town are sandy, though timbered and known as the desert country. The northern and western approaches are black soil and are referred to as the downs. Barcaldine is well known in Australian history as the place of the 1891 shearers’ strike and the foundation of the Australian Labor Party under the Tree of Knowledge.
It is also home to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre and the old world Radio Theatre, complete with its canvas seats and new release films. The working windmill, a hallmark for Central West QLD, pumps water into the sculpture designed and erected by the Youth of Barcaldine.
Down the main road, you'll find bakeries, pubs, hairdressers, clothing stores, pharmacy, post office, news agency, as well as cafes. Plus all within 5 minutes of each other!
Barcaldine currently has three weekly QANTAS flights into the town on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You may visit the QANTAS website to book or contact our local Travel Agency in town on 07 4651 1104.
Car Hire is available in Longreach through Budget (07 4650 1001) or Avis (07 4650 1000).
Barcaldine has two schools, Barcaldine State School P-12 Campus (07 4651 5333) and St Josephs Prep – Year 6 (07 4651 2450). Lady Gowrie operate an Early Years Service (07 4651 6291) that care for children from birth to 5 years. The centre also has after school care and vacation care for children aged 5 - 12.
There is no shortage of social events in Barcaldine! There's a huge variety of town sports to participate in, including rugby league, tennis, netball, squash, golf, swimming, clay target shooting, and more. Throughout the year, the town has many horse racing events, campdrafts, rodeos, community fundraisers, travelling Arts Council shows, weekly movies at the Radio Theatre. Alongside community events, GBA also host regular social events for staff and their families, like camp outs, waterskiing, bowls club, pool comps and more. See some of the local community events below.
GBA are proud to be able to support a variety of local charities and community organisations across Central-West Queensland. Sponsorships, donations, and in-kind services have been provided to well-deserving groups, including;
Tree of Knowledge Festival
Barcaldine Arts Council
Numerous Regional racing clubs, barrel races, rodeos, campdrafts, etc.
Regional Golf clubs
Regional school Award night
Clay Target Clubs
Winton Outback Festival
Coolibah Gala Longreach