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Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Map of Australian Workers Heritage Centre
94 Ash Street
Queensland 4725 Australia

Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Barcaldine, Central West

07 4651 1579


Discover at your own pace the Australian Workers Heritage Centre - a place of reflection, within this museum styled complex, visitors can journey through exhibition space which celebrates the extraordinary legacy of working Australians telling a vitally important part of our nation's history through its working life via interactive displays, film, photographs, artefacts and recreated historical work settings.

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Sited in the grounds of the former Barcaldine State School, many of the original structures have been re-invented into exhibition space. Historical work places of yesteryear, including a one teacher school, police watch house and railway station, have been relocated to the Centre from throughout Queensland.

Home of the "Young-Un' an enduring legacy - this offspring is the only direct descendant of the Heritage listed 'Tree of Knowledge' - symbolic of the Shearers Strike of 1891.

Set in over two hectares, the Workers Heritage Centre has been designed with the weary traveller in mind. Beautifully landscaped gardens and shady trees surround a sparkling bore fed billabong creating a cool outback oasis, with the convenience of picnic, barbecue and playground facilities.

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Property Details


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open Monday to Saturday from 0900 to 1700 and Sundays from 1000 to 1600. Contact the operator for Public Holiday opening hours. Trading hours may vary during the period from December to February.

Other Information

Children are welcome and there are interactive displays and a childrens playground available for them. The Centre has a child friendly environment. Accommodation is available for school excursions at the Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre.

There is access for guests with a disability. The Centre is fully accessible for those in wheelchairs. There are ramps to all buildings and disabled toilet facilities. There is also a wheelchair available if it is required.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Pets are allowed, but must be restrained at all times.

General Comments

Visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre the nations only dedicated and ongoing tribute to the rich history, heritage and traditions of all working Australians.

How To Get There

Visitors to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Barcaldine, a major drawcard on the Matilda Highway Tourist route, including their on-site Outback Education Centre Wanpa-rada Matilda, are well serviced by rail, bus and air and at the crossroads of two major sealed highways accessed by road from all directions. The Centre is located adjacent to the main street and easily identified by the dominant structure on the Barcaldine landscape - the 'Bi-Centennial Theatre' soaring 25 metres above ground level which was acquired and erected on the expansive two hectare site.

Access Public Transport

Qantaslink flies from Brisbane to Barcaldine three times per week. Queensland Rail's Spirit of the Outback runs twice weekly services from Brisbane to Barcaldine or hire a car from Longreach for the drive to Barcaldine. McCafferty's Coaches operates daily to Barcaldine.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$16.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar    
(Aged 6-15)
$9.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar    
Concession$13.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar    
Family$35.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar   Two adults and two children.
Family$40.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar   Two adults and three plus children
Group$12.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar   10 plus adults.
Group$8.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar   10 plus children.
Student$13.00   01 Mar - 31 Mar    

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.