You can get to Barcaldine in many different ways – by car, train, bus or plane. Barcaldine is fully accessible via quality sealed roads. Off-road enthusiasts have plenty of options to travel via the back roads as well, but please take care especially if you have never travelled by road out this way. Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s website provides a host of information about travelling in the Queensland outback.
One important thing to remember when travelling around Barcaldine – mobile phone coverage is through Telstra. Longreach has other mobile options but they do not extend to Barcaldine.
Planning your self drive trip to the Tree of Knowledge Festival in Barcaldine? You might like to start with Outback Queensland self drive itineraries or, to plan your road trip further, visit RACQ’s Trip Planner
Travelling by Air
QantasLink services Barcaldine, with flights on Tuesday and Thursday into Barcaldine, on a loop departing from Brisbane. An alternative to flying directly into Barcaldine is to take the daily QantasLink flight from Brisbane to Longreach, where there are several hire car companies available including Avis and Budget.
For more information visit www.qantas.com.au
Rex Airlines provide services to Longreach from northern and central towns, and also connect with QantasLink flights in Longreach.
For more information visit http://www.rex.com.au/
Travelling by Rail
If you are planning on leaving the car at home, you can travel on the Spirit of the Outback rail journey. Rail services depart Brisbane twice weekly and travel up the East Coast to Rockhampton, then travel inland to Longreach, stopping at Barcaldine onroute. The Spirit of the Outback services depart Brisbane on Tuesdays and Saturdays, returning on Mondays and Thursdays. The rail journey between Brisbane and Barcaldine takes 24 hours.
Find out more about schedules, costs and train facilities at Qld Rail Travel – Spirit of the Outback timetable https://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/Planyourtrip/timetable.
Qld Rail offers some attractive savings for Pension card holders and Seniors plus a range of Advance purchase fares – subject to availability. For more information visit www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Travelling by Coach
Getting to Barcaldine with Bus Queensland is as easy as booking an online ticket at www.busqld.com.au or calling 1300 287 537 . Bus Queensland is the Queensland Government contract holder for long distance coach services in Queensland. Bus Queensland provides daily long distance services to and from Barcaldine from Brisbane or all stops in between to Mt Isa.
For more information visit www.busqldoutback.com.au