Barcaldine is a town steeped in tradition. A blue collar working town established in 1886 it is a popular tourist destination for those looking for historical country towns. It was the focal point of the famous 1891 Shearer’s strike, the Ghost Gum known as ‘The Tree of Knowledge’ that featured as the meeting place still stands prominently in the town’s main street. It is 520km west of Rockhampton and being so rural the best way to view it and surrounding towns is via car hire. Budget Car Hire operates a branch out of Barcaldine.
94 Ash Street Barcaldine, QLD 4725
While Barcaldine might seem like a quiet and unassuming country town it played a vital role in the foundation of the Australian labour movement and the birth of the Australian Labor Party. In May 1981 over three thousand shearers marched under the Eureka flag protesting against low wages and woeful working conditions. Nowadays the township celebrates it’s colourful history with the Tree of Knowledge festival which takes place in May over what was once the May Day holiday.
If you’re in the mood for a bit of a roadtrip consider travelling to Muttaburra. Situated about 90 minutes from Barcaldine, Muttaburra is famous for being the home of the fabled Muttaburrasaurus, discovered at nearby Thomson’s Creek. Visit this part of Queensland rich in heritage the best way possible, by renting a car through Budget Car Hire. Get the best price on Budget Car Hire with Skedaddle today.