Things to do in Barcaldine


Barcaldine is situated on the junction of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and known as the Garden City of the West.  Bacaldine is a popular place to spend a day when traveling from Brisbane to Longreach or Brisbane to Mt Isa.  Among the things to do in Barcaldine is  a snapshot into the history of the Australian Labor Party and trade unionism.

Barcaldine is home to the Tree of Knowledge – a ghost gum – that grew outside the Railway Station for about 180 years until 2006 when sadly, it was poisoned by an unknown culprit. The famous tree has been preserved and placed under an award winning timber structure that was constructed to protect the preserved tree and celebrate its importance in Australia's history.  The structure is impressive during the day but when viewed at night is truly magnificent.

Other things to do in Barcaldine include the Harry Redford Cattle Drive and the Aramac Tramway Museum - a wonderful glimpse into the challenges of living remotely in Australia.  For day trippers, Longreach to Barcaldine is a quick trip through some beautiful countryside and well worth doing.

Get to know the friendly community and don’t just stop and have a holiday but to take the opportunity to become involved!  Have you discovered amazing things to do in Barcaldine?  Let us know so we can share with our outback Queensland passengers!

Bus Brisbane to Barcaldine from just $148.60

Nearby Towns

  • Ilfracombe
  • Winton
  • Longreach
  • Blackall
  • Tambo
  • Jericho
  • Aramac


  • Aramac Tramway Museum
  • Harry Redford Cattle Drive
  • Tree of Knowledge


Visitor Information

149 Oak Street
Phone: 07 4651 1724
Fax: 07 4651 2243

Popular Routes

Barcaldine to Longreach 

  • Approximate travel time:  1 hour 15 minutes
  • Stops: Ilfracombe only
  • Services: 7 days per week
  • Barcaldine to Longreach - Departs 8.50 am from Choice Roadhouse, Cnr Capricorn Highway and Box Street
  • Longreach to Barcaldine - Departs 3.25pm from Commercial Hotel, Cnr Eagle and Duck Streets

Barcaldine to Brisbane

  • Approximate travel time:  16 hours
  • Stops: Ilfracombe only
  • Services: 7 days per week
  • Barcaldine to Brisbane - Departs from Choice Roadhouse, Cnr Capricorn Highway and Box Street
  • Brisbane to Barcaldine - Departs Daily at 4pm from the Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street


Cristy Houghton

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

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Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.