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Barcaldine is a small town in Central West Queensland, Australia, approximately 520 kilometres by road west of the city of Rockhampton. The town is situated on Lagoon Creek, which flows into the Alice River approximately five kilometres south of the Barcaldine. The town has about 1,300 inhabitants.
The Tree of Knowledge has a special place in history. The Tree of Knowledge committee commemorates the 1892 struggle with a beautifully landscaped garden. The tree is said to be at least 170 years old and was included in the National Heritage List on 26th January 2006. Sadly it was poisoned in 2006 and did not recover, however a memorial has been erected and was opened on 2nd May, 2009.
Visit the Australian Workers Heritage Centre, custodians of the rich history, heritage and traditions of all working Australians. Within this museum styled complex, visitors can journey through exhibition space and historic work places of yesteryear- capturing the spirit of our nations' workers and where the stories of Australia's working history comes to life. Designed with the weary traveller in mind and offering a place for reflection, The Workers Heritage Centre is sited on over 2 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with a bore-fed billabong of Olympic sized proportions.
The Barcaldine and District Folk Museum is home to a collection of memorabilia from early days in and around Barcaldine. The former old National Bank, built in 1906, stood at the corner of Beech and Ash Streets until 1976 when it was donated for use by the Museum Committee. Additional displays are added from time to time. Family days are held the last Sunday of the month from March to November with mini steam train rides with smoko and lunch available. The museum is open from 7:00am to 5:00pm every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Average highs range from about 24 °C in June and July to about 38 °C in December. Nights average between 12 °C and 24 °C respectively.
Most of the rain falls from December until March.
Barcaldine is located about an hour east of Longreach and north of Blackall. Emerald is about 3 hours to the east and Rockhampton about 6 hours.
Barcaldine is small and the 'downtown' area is easily navigated on foot.
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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