Barcaldine

Barcaldine is situated on the junction of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and known as the Garden City of the West. Many visitors use Barcaldine as a base from which to explore central west Queensland. The extensive range of accommodation and shopping facilities make Barcaldine a relaxing place to stay, recover and explore. Barcaldine is the largest town in the Barcaldine Regional Council area and it is proud of its interesting and famous history.

Barcaldine is home to the Tree of Knowledge, the reputed birth place of the labour movement in Australia. The Tree - a ghost gum - 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.

The name Barcaldine originates from the Oban region in Scotland. Donald Charles Cameron was one of the first settlers in the district and a direct descendant of the Campbell's of Barcaldine Castle. He settled on a portion of land fronting the Alice River and immediately named his property “Barcaldine Downs”. The railway line came as far as Lagoon Creek in 1886 and the township of Barcaldine developed on land from the Barcaldine Downs run.

The Australian Workers Heritage Centre is a national project commemorating not just these events, which changed the course of the nation's working history, but is a tribute to all Australian working men and women. Set in over five acres of landscaped gardens, it is also home to the Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre, which is a unique residential facility for schools and community groups.

Barcaldine is also home to 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
Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Queensland
Australia

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19th and 20th Century Works

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
18 March 2017 – 14 October 2018
View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage. Visit the upper level to see exceptional works such as the mid-19th century cedar sideboard crafted by George Dowden for the Cribb family’s historic Ipswich residence ‘Gooloowan’, Australian paintings such as Frosty morning by key Australian landscape painter Elioth Gruner, and the exquisite Australian wildflower tea service designed by renowned Australian botanical artist Ellis Rowan.

This is my Heritage

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
12 September 2017 – 21 January 2018
Viewing a photograph from the past, or holding an object of historical significance, can spark interest, emotion and dialogue. But, when a unique personal connection is established between an object and an individual, it has the power to stir poignant memories and promote a deeper understanding and knowledge of times gone by.

Built For Speed

Ipswich Area
From AU$5 - 5
Weekly from 2 January – 18 February 2018
Start your engines Built for Speed is back! Thrills, spills and awesome crashes are guaranteed! Design, build and race your Lego hot rod, dragster or supercar down rad ramps and slick tracks. Modify your ride for extra speed then re-race your turbocharged wheels for ultimate victory!

Summer Days at The Workshops Rail Museum

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$44.50 - 44.50
15 – 21 January 2018
Make the Museum your essential Summer Stop these school holidays! See mammals large and tall, insects big and small, real life steam trains, diesel locomotives and more. All aboard! First stop: Insectarium - Enter the world of Insectarium.

Insectarium

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$44.50 - 44.50
15 – 20 January 2018
Explore the microscopic world of insects in a fantastic photographic exhibition of Queensland Museum specimens. Come face to face with colourful insects with hands on insect activities.

Queensland Drag Racing Championships

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$18 - 20
Monthly from 16 January 2018
The Queensland Drag Racing Championships bring racers from all across the state to compete for a prestigious QDRC trophy at Willowbank Raceway, delivering high-octane action for both racers and spectators.

A Room for Wild Animals

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$11.50 - 44.50
16 January 2018
Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer. In this Ipswich first, these large specimens have been pulled out of the Queensland Museum vaults so we can learn more about them.

Ipswich Raceday

Bundamba, Ipswich Area
Weekly from 17 January 2018
The Ipswich Turf Club Incorporated is a proud and historic club having grown from the first races held in the Ipswich area in 1848, to the first official race meeting in Queensland in 1859 to the forming of the Ipswich Amateur Turf Club in 1890 to race at the Bundamba Racecourse.

Ipswich Trail Run Series - Round 1

White Rock, Cairns Area
21 January 2018
The Ipswich Trail Run Series - Round 1 is set in an iconic Ipswich location. There are four categories/distances - Long Course 10 kilometres, Short Course five kilometres, Community Walk and Kids Event.

Australia Day at CSI in 2018

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
26 January 2018
It's all happening. Aussie Day food and drink specials, free entertainment, great games, lucky door prizes, raffles galore and much, much more! Matti Biskit: 1pm to 5pm and 2 Tones: 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
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