Winton is a satisfying and friendly country town in the heart of cattle, sheep and dinosaur country – this is the best base from which to explore central Queensland's remarkable prehistoric fossil finds. The town also does its best to make the most of its 'Waltzing Matilda' connections.
Charleville is the grand old dame of central Queensland. It's the largest town in Mulga country, and the gateway to the outback from the south. Due largely to its prime locale on the Warrego River, the town was an important centre for early explorers – Cobb & Co had its largest coach-making factory here.
Barcaldine (bar-call-din), a historic little outback pub town at the junction of the Landsborough and Capricorn Hwys (Rte 66), gained its place in Australian history in 1891 when it became the headquarters of a major shearers’ strike. The confrontation led to the formation of the Australian Workers’ Party, forerunner of the Australian Labor Party.