Old fashioned values and friendly townsfolk are the hallmarks of Baralaba. Those traits and a stubborn streak for sticking around. More than a century of economic upheaval has threatened the town on many an occasion, but Baralaba locals are a stoic lot. Like Mount Ramsay, the landmark from which the town derives its name, the 500 residents are steadfast and here to stay.
Neighbours working together have kept the town thriving through thick and thin, floods and droughts, booms and busts. Coal mining first founded Baralaba back in 1901. Gold mining operations saw Mount Morgan Mine established in 1921, forging the way for other industries to move in, such as cattle and crop farming – sorghum, wheat and cotton in the main.
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Mountain of fun at Baralaba
Baralaba people are proud of the past. It’s ever-present too, preserved in the shop front and building facades, giving the streets a quaint yesteryear feel. Like everything around here, the town’s other main attractions revolve around the heritage, land and river systems and country life.
Baralaba Historical Village
Local historians, Tinny and Colin Major, have spent three decades creating the Historical Village close to the edge of town. The heritage houses are filled with memorabilia, offering visitors an insightful passage back in time. The Village opens by appointment so you’ll need to book ahead. P: (07) 4998 1163 or (07) 4998 1351.
- The Landcare centre on the corner of Stopford and Ashfield Streets is a hub for visitor information, WiFi access, local art and pictorial history exhibitions as well as information on Baralaba and its surrounds.
- The name Baralaba means high mountain or land of the blue mountain in the local language of the Gangulu people.
Are there Farm Stays close by?
Myella Farm Stay
Stocked with beef cattle, cows, chickens and horses, Myella farm operates as a going concern and guests can quickly find things to do. If you don’t have a pair of strides and flannel shirt, hand-me-downs are happily supplied.
Where can I go fishing in Baralaba?
Neville Hewitt Weir
You don’t have to go far for a good fish. Nestled against the Dawson River, the Neville Hewitt Weir is the place to throw a line, sit back and get ready for that tell-tale tug on the hook. Or you can do it in grand style and try your luck at the annual Great Baralaba Saratoga Classic.
On any day of the week, the Neville Hewitt Weir is a great spot for camping at the cost of a donation. The area is also magnificent for boating and picnic barbecues.
- Mount Ramsay (not accessible – scenic only)
- Dawson River
- Baralaba Agricultural Show
- Silver Cup Campdraft
- Great Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition
- Baralaba Classics by the Dawson Classic Car & Bike Show