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) is a colourful little pub town at the junction of the Landsborough and Capricorn Hwys (Rte 66), 108km east of Longreach. The town gained a 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.