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Barcaldine Railway Station

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
From Brisbane, Australia, I mainly write for WeekendNotes, and at present, I enjoy challenging myself to add reviews on many diverse topics to this vast library of articles.
Published February 17th 2021
Pastureland and history at remote Queensland town
This outback Queensland railway station is historic in quite a serious way. There's a really big story about this little station. It seems in the middle of nowhere but Barcaldine is a fascinating place, so I'll share a lesson in history of the basics of the station for travelling on the Spirit of the Outback train service - a service that stops for ten minutes at Barcaldine.

I can't really speak in volumes about the Tree of Knowledge site but if you know what it is, then it's the most bizarre icon in Australian politics, so much significance yet amazingly never heard of it till my rail journeys.

Barcaldine railway station
Street adjacent to railway line with pubs and shops.

Barcaldine railway station
Tree of Knowledge preserved outside station at original historic spot.

Well, on my efficacious snap-happy breather at Barcaldine Railway Station, I got to see the historical Tree of Knowledge site and a plethora of surprisingly enterprising pubs. So many pubs for such a small town, yet they looked well maintained as well. When writing the article a mystery emerged - why did Barcaldine look so great or dare I say prosperous in its situation? I narrowed it down to tourism from political types or resources, but which? I found out it's more for grazing farming, so it is probably tourism boosting the local economy.

Barcaldine railway station
Artesian Hotel

Barcaldine railway station
The park outside the station has lush lawns and trees.

That aside, it's a pleasant enough stop off on the Spirit of the Outback train to Longreach. The station was well equipped but didn't do travel agency like Longreach Railway Station because it's not as big as Longreach - about half the population.

The many photos courtesy of author taken with a careful approach to the political aspect of what is essentially tourism, the gum tree was amazing for being preserved, politics aside, never seen such an artifact, especially not since a fossil wood piece as a kid many years ago

There's several heritage-listed buildings in the town and many of them are churches, the pubs aren't but in terms of such remoteness to me, fresh looking paint on signs equals wealth while dilapidated equals something else.
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When: Ideally all year around
Where: Barcaldine Railway Station is on the Capricorn Highway.
Cost: Ideally free just to visit from Barcaldine.
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