Are you planning a holiday or trying to find the best things to do in Barcaldine? Well, you have come to the right place!
Barcaldine is situated on the junction of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and is known as the Garden City of the West. Barcaldine is a popular place to spend a day when travelling from Brisbane to Longreach or Brisbane to Mount Isa. Among the things to do in Barcaldine, the town provides a snapshot into the history of the Australian Labor Party and is one of the birth places of trade unionism.
Barcaldine is home to the former Tree of Knowledge – a heritage listed 200 year old ghost gum – that grew outside the Railway Station, however, was sadly poisoned in 2006 by an unknown culprit. The town was once the headquarters of the 1891 Australian shearers’ strike, with the tree marking the meeting point of the srike. An icon of the Labor Party and Trade Unions, the Tree of Knowledge symoblises the development of unionism and laid the foundation of organised representation of labour in Queensland.
The famous tree has since been preserved in a special preservation facility, along with propogated cuttings from the tree now growing in Barcaldine as part of an award winning memorial. This site celebrates the tree’s long lasting importance in Australia’s history, with the impressive structure being best viewed in the morning sun or late afternoon, but when viewed at night, it is is truly magnificent! Comprised of 4913 different timbers and recycled telephone poles, the Tree of Knowledge is now not just a ghost gum, but a sculpture that could be described as Australia’s largest wind chime. This piece of art is well worth a visit!
Other things to do in Barcaldine include visiting Dunraven Station, watching the sun set at Lara Wetlands, taking walk through Lagoon Creek, visiting the Masonic Lodge, going on an Artisan Country Tour, visiting Harry Redford Cattle Drive, The Australian Workers Heritage Centre and the Aramac Tramway Museum – housing a collection of pioneering memorabilia and providing a glimpse into the challenges of living remotely in Australia. For day trippers, the Longreach to Barcaldine route is a quick trip through some beautiful countryside and well worth doing.
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Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge
The historic Tree of Knowledge is popular for being the birthplace of the Australian Labour movement. The tree was poisoned in 2006, preserved and also positioned under an award-winning hardwood framework. It is now an area of motivation, reflection as well as celebration. It is perfectly lit with lighting during the night giving the impression that the tree is still living. There are also interpretive panels and also a sculpture that celebrates the leaders of the Shearer’s Strike and also the history of the Labor movement.