About Barcaldine


Barcaldine is a small town in central-west Queensland, around 580km west of Rockhampton. 


English is predominantly spoken however some in the community may speak an Aboriginal language. Assistance may be required for complainants, witnesses, victims and offenders who come before the courts.

History of Barcaldine

Barcaldine facts and figures

Key social indicators from the 2016 Census for the Barcaldine community include:

  • 42.1% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over had completed year 12 or equivalent
  • 4.4% of households with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were overcrowded.

The following figures are from the 2011 Census and will be updated later in 2017:

  • 27.4% of dependent children in families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were from jobless families
  • 0% unemployment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years (however 39 out of 203 Indigenous people aged between 15-64 are not in the labour force)
  • 20.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years worked as Technicians and trade workers.

For more 2011 and 2016 census information on education, employment, income, housing figures and more for Barcaldine, build a statistical profile on Know Your Community.

Native title information

Search for native title information on the National Native Title Tribunal website.

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Visiting Barcaldine

Getting to Barcaldine

Barcaldine is about a 6.5 hour drive from Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. There are also regular bus services from Rockhampton to the town and weekly flights from Brisbane. There are no taxi services in Barcaldine, however, car hire is available in Longreach (108km west of Barcaldine).

Seasonal considerations

Weather conditions can affect roads in the area. Always check the Barcaldine Regional Council's road conditions report

Alcohol restrictions

There are no alcohol restrictions in Barcaldine. 

Local government

Search the local government directory for information about the Barcaldine Regional Council. 

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Program Manager, Rockhampton Office (Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)

Phone: 07 4938 4690

Sorry business

‘Sorry Business’ is a term used during the time of mourning following the death of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Torres Strait Islanders may use the terminology ‘Bad or Sad News’. The term can also refer to the past practice of forcibly removing children from their families. The intensity of mourning is reflective of the importance of the family or person who has died. The mourning process enables healing for the family and community involved.

Respecting Sorry Business is a core cultural requirement. If there is a funeral, it is advisable for meetings to be postponed to a date that is acceptable to the local community. Please be considerate to families in mourning. The local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community shuts down for the day of funerals. Contact the Central West Aboriginal Corporation for further advice.

Essential services such as policing, child safety, health, education and justice still continue throughout this period. 

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Community justice group

There is no community justice group for Barcaldine.

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Community services

Use the Queensland Government's one place service directory to find up-to-date contact information for local support services including:

  • legal advice and support services
  • youth justice and support groups
  • domestic and family violence support
  • drug and alcohol services
  • mens' and women's groups
  • accident, emergency and medical services

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More information

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Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.