Drove into Longreach to get a few issues sorted with the RV – the roads around here are pretty poor and shake everything around. Although it is not a large town, Longreach seems very prosperous, with a busy shopping centre.
It has done a great job of marketing itself as the ‘real outback’ and has a number of tourist attractions that promote this theme and that attracts lots of visitors. As we had seen them last year, we did our shopping and headed south to Barcaldine.
Last time we were in Barcaldine it was full of Mexican caravanners and hard to move around, however this time it was practically deserted. Like a number of other Queensland towns, Barcaldine makes the claim that it was the start of the trade union/Labor party and has a museum that traces the labour movement in Australia from the first shearer’s strikes to the present.