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Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre


The Worker's Heritage Centre is proud of the Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre - our very own on site residential educational facility.

Centrally located, Wanpa-rda makes a great 'base camp' from which school groups (both primary and secondary) can explore the rich educational experiences offered by Queensland's Central West Region.

Whether schools want to 'do their own thing' or follow structured learning experiences developed by Education Queensland, we've had some very positive feedback from students and teachers.

What is it?

The Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre is an excursion centre with a difference. Wanpa-rda shares the uniqueness of Central Western Queensland with students, teachers, schools and local communities by providing quality life and educational experiences. From here you can visit 42 sites of natural beauty and historical significance from Winton to Birdsville and from Barcaldine to Boulia. For more information check out Wanpa-rda's website.

Where is it?

The Wanpa-rda Matilda Outback Education Centre is situated in the grounds of the Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Ash Street Barcaldine.



Wanpa-rda is a residential facility incorporating a modern 56 bed dormitory with large kitchen and dining rooms and a covered outdoor dining and recreation centre.


The Centre is staffed by an Education Queensland on-site education officer. Students can participate in specific learning themes supported by Education Queensland curriculum materials.


The education officer will help with all aspects of your school excursion, including tailoring itineraries and assisting with travel bookings. We can provide all inclusive excursion packages traveling on Queensland Rail's "Spirit of the Outback".

Contact Details:

Education Officer / Coordinator: Michelle Saunders
Phone: (07) 4651 2530


Here’s what a couple of students have said about their visit to Wanpa-rda: