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 and 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 the working windmill that pumps water into the sculpture designed and erected by the Youth of Barcaldine, which stands outside the information centre.
Barcaldine currently have three flights into the town on a Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday. You may visit the Qantas website www.qantas.com.au to book or contact our local Travel Agency in town on (07) 46511 104.
Car Hire is available through BUDGET by phoning 132727 or Emerald (07) 4982 1767. 24 hour prior notice is required. If picking up and dropping off in Barcaldine there are no extra fees payble. If setting down at another location eg Longreach a drop off fee is applicable. Cost and charges will be quoted by Emerald.
Barcaldine has two schools - Barcaldine P12 Campus (Prep - Year 12 - 46515333) and St Josephs (Pre Prep - Year 7- 46512450). We also have a Barcaldine Kindergarten (46511614) in town for children from 3 years of age. Limited Hours Care also provides care for children from 18 mths to 12 years of age on a Monday and after school care which is provided at the Barcaldine Kindergarten.
To find more information on Barcaldine where our consultancy is based please visit our Regional Council website