There’s plenty to see and do in the Central West Outback region. Why not extend your stay either before or after the ride so you can explore more of this beautiful Outback country. For more information, take a look at the 2017/18 Outback Queensland Travellers Guide, or read the Barcaldine Regional Council Brochure.
Join local operator Tom on a tour to Gracevale Station, the site of an Aboriginal rock art gallery, caves, gorges and desert springs. You’ll hear a wealth of stories on Indigenous Australian and early European settlement. Walking shoes and a sensible hat are essential. Departures: Mon, Wed, Sat at approx 7.30am. Full day tour from $145 per person. Contact Tom for more information.
The Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Barcaldine, is the only national attraction dedicated to celebrating the lives and proud heritage of ordinary working people – telling the stories of the railway workers and blacksmiths, the farmers, nurses and teachers who shaped the nation.
Open: Mon-Sat 9.00am to 5.00pm | Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry: Adult $17; Concession $14; Child (6-15yrs) $10. Entry includes complimentary self-serve tea/coffee.
The Tree of Knowledge is a ghost gum (Eucalyptus Papuana) growing in the main street (Oak Street) in Barcaldine. It is situated in front of the Railway station and is celebrated as being the central meeting place for the Shearers’ Strike during the upheaval in 1891. Open to the public all year round. Free entry. Please contact the Tourism Information Centre for more information.
Lake Dunn, more commonly known as “The Lake” is a freshwater lake 68 kms northeast of Aramac. Lake Dunn’s Aboriginal name is pajingo bola, meaning “Big Fella Waterhole” and is 3.21kms long and 1.6kms wide. Excellent for birdwatchers with 70 different species of birds. Great for fishing, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing and sailing. Camping permitted. Cabins available for hire.
Join the 2016 Winner of the Outback Qld Tourism Tour Operator Award and experience a night to remember!
Cruise package includes: Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River; Onboard Captain’s commentary; Nibbles served at Sunset Bend stop; Two-course table service dinner featuring camp oven themed modern cuisine at Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Live Show on the banks of the Thomson River under the stars; Quality guest artists performing live on stage; Fully licensed bar; return coach transfers from Longreach accommodation houses. Cruises operate Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. Adult $99 | Concession $95 | Child $69 (4-14yrs) | Family $299 (2A2C). BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.
More than just a river cruise! Watch the sun set while cruising on the historic Thomson Belle Paddlewheeler or Thomson Princess Riverboat (nibbles included, BYO drinks). Afterwards, on the banks, enjoy a traditional Stockman’s Dinner (3 courses around campfire) while being immersed in the spirit of Harry Redford in the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Picture Show. Includes transfers from accommodation. BYO alcoholic drinks. Departure days: Mon – Sat at 4.30pm 01 Apr to 31 Oct. Adult $99, Senior $94, Child 5-14 $69, Child 3-4 $29, Family (2A2C) $299
Winner of 2016 Outback Qld Tourism Awards – Tour Operator Category
Includes: Nibbles served at sunset; 2 course Drover’s dinner on the banks of the Thomson River – table service featuring our camp oven themed modern cuisine; Live entertainment – quality guest artists performing live on stage; return transfers from Longreach accommodation. Adult $79 | Concession $75 | Child (4-14yrs) $49 | Family (2A2C) $219. Available Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 03 April-31 October.
Note: Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Live Show is included in our Drover’s Sunset Cruise as well – please see separate listing.
The land of plenty, spend some time at one of their tranquil shady camping spots surrounded by Wetlands abundant with Bird & Wildlife a photographers joy; enjoy a campfire and star gazing at night, whilst enjoying the sounds of the nightlife. Lara Station is 28 km South of Barcaldine or 78 km North of Blackall on the Landsborough Hwy, look for the Yellow & Black Lara sign, follow the signs for 13 km along a graded dirt road to booking office please sound horn on arrival, Matthew or Jo, will help you find your site.
Lara Station Barcaldine
Laugh at the antics of Australia’s most famous cattle duffer, Harry Redford or “Captain Starlight”, with live animal acts, stockmen and stockhorse comedy acts. A mix of poetic story and Australian humour to create live theatre, Outback style! Shows Mon – Fri, 12 noon – 1pm, 03 Apr – 31 Oct. Adult $20, Child 5-14 $15
Visit the Award Winning Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, replica aircraft and an impressive collection of genuine artifacts. Join the 90 minute Jet Tour taking you behind the scenes on their two jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 and 707 with the option of a once in a lifetime Wing Walk! View all of their packages via their website.
Discover the inspiring stories of the men, women and children living in and pioneering Outback Queensland at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. There are a range of experiences to choose from featuring the Outback Stockman’s Show and meal packages.