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What is the Australian Workers Heritage Centre?

The Australian Workers Heritage Centre 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.

Where are we?

The AWHC is located in Barcaldine on the Matilda Highway, and about an hours drive from Longreach. Just one street back from the main street, in Ash Street, the Workers Heritage Centre is one of Outback Queensland’s best kept secrets, a significant tourist destination and part of the Queensland Government’s Heritage Trails Network.

Opening Hours



Monday to Sunday - 8.30am to 2pm

Admission prices

Ticket prices:

Adult = $19.00
Concession(senior / pensioner / carer /student 15+ / tertiary) = $16.00
Child (6 to 15 yrs) = $11.00 (under 6 yrs free)

Children under 6 years (accompanied by adult) = FOC
Family 'A' = $50.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children up to 15 years)

Family 'B' = $55.00 (2 Adults & 3 or more Children up to 15 years)

~ prices subject to change without notice ~

Bus tours

by arrangement - P.O.A


The Workers Heritage Centre is set in two hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding a tranquil billabong complete with fish, turtles and native birds. Visitors can enjoy a picnic or barbeque, while the kids explore our modern playground facilities.



The Orientation Centre at the entry point of the Centre hosts a shop which stocks our country clothing collection plus unique, high quality jewellery and gifts. Our merchandise showcases Queensland artists, designers and manufacturers. Drinks and snack foods are also available.


Barcaldine is centrally located in Queensland’s Central West. From here you can visit other Heritage Trails Network attractions:

Getting there

Barcaldine is situated at the crossroads of two major highways – the Capricorn Highway from Rockhampton in the east and the Landsborough Highway (part of the Matilda Highway Tourist Route) coming up from the south before heading west to Longreach.


Sealed highways to and from all major towns ensure safety and comfort whether you travel by car, coach or van. McCafferty’s runs regular services from all major interstate centres. Contact your travel agent or McCafferty’s – 131499.


Traveltrain’s award winning Spirit of the Outback travels twice weekly to Barcaldine ex Brisbane via Rockhampton and return. For more information go to the website: For bookings phone Traveltrain Holidays: 1800 627 655.


Qantaslink operates flights to Barcaldine 3 days a week and to Longreach 7 days a week.

Click here for the latest QantasLink schedules on the Qantas website.

Contact info

Street address

94 Ash Street, Barcaldine
Phone: (07) 4651 1579

National office

(07) 3261 5688
(07) 3261 5688