ARAMAC: Learn the story that’s part of our Australian folklore - the tale of Henry ‘Harry’ Redford’s daring cattle duffing feat - during your visit to Aramac. Browse through the Harry Redford Interpretive Centre, situated in the Rural Transaction Centre building in Gordon Street and learn the story of the white bull which was nearly his undoing.
While you’re in town, also visit the Tramway Museum - a tribute to the town’s self sufficiency when the government made the decision not to include Aramac on the rail map more than a century ago. See Aunt Emma, the little tram that represents the ingenuity and determination of the Aramac people all those years ago.
A good incentive for staying at Aramac at any time of year, especially for campers, caravanners and self-contained travellers is that when you pay for the first two nights at the caravan park or rest area, you can have the third and fourth nights free. Alternatively, you can stay at the hotel or motel.
Travel the desert loop and see some of the region’s historic locations. Visit Gray Rock, a large sandstone rock that doubles as an unique visitors’ book dating back to the days of Cobb and Co passengers. Also see Horsetailers Gorge, where Cobb and Co horses were once held.
Gracevale Caves with its exciting 10,000-year-old indigenous rock art gallery can be viewed on a tour with Artesian Country Tour.
Stay a night or two at Lake Dunn to do some fishing, water sports, birdwatching or tennis. Powered and unpowered sites are available. Go to the Ballyneety Rodeo, always held during the first week of the September school holidays. Back in town, join the social bowls, available some Sundays in winter at the Aramac Bowls Club.
One of Aramac’s popular events of the past few years has been the Harry Redford Cattle Drive, a unique outback holiday adventure of cattle, horses, campoven meals, days following historic droving trails and nights sleeping under the stars.
You can join this totally authentic droving experience by booking for the entire trip or for a minimum of three days in the saddle. It’s an amazing and relaxed way to see the landscape of this area, known as an oasis in the dry of the central west. The cattle drive, held in May, caters for all levels of horsemanship.
ALPHA: Alpha is a quaint little town well known for its murals. Large albizzia trees create glorious shady areas and a delightfully old-fashioned atmosphere in the main street. Make your first stop the tourist information centre, open in the mornings six days (closed Sundays).
While in the vicinity of the information centre, you might take the opportunity to visit the town’s historical centre, the Tivoli Museum. Also within walking distance is Alpha’s newest attraction, a work of art made from sandstone and petrified wood by Antone Bruinsma of Cedar Creek. Alpha is known for its petrified wood. People with an interest in timber might like to take the designated bushwalk where 19 varieties of trees can be seen, along with two natural jump-ups.
Then take yourself on a tour of the town’s murals. There are 27 murals to see around Alpha. If you’re interested in anything equestrian, grab a calendar of events for the town.
JERICHO: To celebrate the fact that this town is the namesake of a more famous Jericho, Queensland’s Jericho proudly sports a structure that tells the story of how Joshua won the Battle of Jericho. The site, named Crystal Trumpeters, is at Railway Park.
The latter-day Jericho’s history dates back to 1885. The town owes its beginnings to the railway and even today the old railway station is in service - as an information centre! It even has its own miniature attraction, a little clay village which replicates Jericho’s businesses and houses.
While you’re in town, see the drive-in. It’s the smallest drive-in in the Southern Hemisphere, and holds just 36 cars! The drive-in still operates once a month.
If you’re in town on the second Saturday of the month, browse around the markets. And any time, go down to Redbank and have a barbecue or do a bit of fishing.
Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre
Phone (within Australia) 4651 1724