After Emerald, next major stop will be Longreach. One overnight free camp at Jericho plus a quick stop on the way in Barcaldine.
Barcaldine played a significant role in the Australian labour movement and the birth of the Australian Labour Party. In 1891, it was one of the focal points of the sheep shearers’ strike, with the Eureka Flag flying over the strike camp. The landmark Tree Of Knowledge under which the strikers met, stood outside the railway station. (In 2006, persons unknown poisoned the tree with a herbicide, which led to its demise.) Today there is a replacement monument to the tree.