Quality Barcaldine accommodation in the heart of town
Barcaldine Country Motor Inn has ‘The Best Position In Town’ for accommodation with friendly staff and large country home cooked meals. The property has landscaped gardens, is immaculately clean and well presented. Located on the corner of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and is in the centre of the local business area. You can leave your car and walk around the shops and tourist attractions.
The accommodation is airconditioned, contains Austar TV and wireless internet connections for your entertainment. The licensed dining room and verandah is set amongst some beautiful country gardens and trees for the guests to relax and unwind. The Barcaldine Country Motor Inn also operates The Barcaldine Motel & Villas from their premises. Whether you stay at the Motor Inn, Motel or Villas, you will always want to return to this friendly accommodation. The Barcaldine Country Motor Inn staff look after each and every one of their guests.
Things to see and do in Barcaldine
Australian Workers Heritage Centre
This centre pays tribute to working Australians who built this nation. Recognised as the national monument to our workers and described by many as the unsung wonder of the outback. The centre was first opened in 1991. Designed for the weary traveller, it provides beautifully landscaped gardens including picnic and barbeque facilities, a unique gift shop and children's playground all on 2 acres. Open seven days a week.
Tree of Knowledge Memorial
During the shearers strike in 1891 a large ghost gum in the centre of Barcaldine became an important meeting place for the striking shearers and grewin folklore to become known as the "Tree of Knowledge", the tree was poisoned by an unknown culprit in May of 2006. The tree was then taken to Brisbane to undergo a world first preservation procedure and then returned to original site, where the memorial was then constructed.
Barcaldine & District Folk Museum
The museum is home to a collection of memorabilia from the early days in and around Barcaldine. The museum building was the former National Bank building built in 1906. A five inch steam train track has been built and runs on the last Sunday of the month from March to October.
Comet Masonic Lodge
The Comet Lodge has had an interesting and very well travelled history. The first building that housed the Masonic Temple was shifted no less than 6 times before it finally came to settle in Barcaldine. First opened at Dingo Creek in 1876, the lodge then moved to Cometville, Emerald, Bogantungan, Pinehill, Jericho and finally to Barcaldine. In 1901 the current building was erected. Built in much the same style as its predecessor it did however have two additional glamorous features. The front of the building although constructed of iron, was painted with façade to make it look like brick. A small book porch was also added. This gave the building a very unique appearance.
Lloyd Jones Weir
The weir was built in 1952-53 and was first filled in 1954. It is situated 5 km along the Blackall Road and then 9km down Barcaldine Downs Road. The scenic area offers picnic facilities with wood-fired bbqs, covered rest area and shady eucalyptus trees. The weir is also a popular swimming and water sports venue in the wet season.
- Take a scenic walk along the concrete path beside the lagoon creek
- Artesian Country Tour
- Radio Picture Theatre
- Pub Crawl (5 pubs in the main street)
- Between The Bougainvilleas (award winning Heritage Trail)
Barcaldine Information Centre
The Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre is open 7 days a week, from 8:15am to 4:30pm (Easter to November). Centrally located in Oak Street the friendly and helpful staff will assist you with any of your direction or information needs. The centre stocks a wide variety of brochures, Australian Books, Souvenirs, locally made items including wood work and sterling silver jewellery. At the Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre the staff can arrange activities for you, such as a billabong cruise and bookings for the Blacksmith's Cottage.