I’m sure you’ve all heard of the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ but have you heard of Barcaldine? About 100km east of Longreach is the home of this famous landmark. The 1891 Shearers Strike took place beneath the shade of the old Ghost Gum, better known today as the Tree of Knowledge – this then led to the formation of the Australian Labour Movement. The 170 – 200 year old tree was poisoned in 2006, and now there is a ‘memorial’ to the Tree of Knowledge.
Barcaldine has a population of 1700, is a town filled with history and colour. It is often referred to as the Garden City of the West because of its beautiful gardens and wide tree lined streets.