Outback Towns


Wide Streets and Wide Open Spaces - the streets of Aramac were "loosely" designed on the wide streets of Melbourne.

About Aramac

Wide Streets and Wide Open Spaces

Situated 67 km north of Barcaldine, Aramac has a local community of around 400, who in turn support a widespread region predominately made up of sheep and cattle growers. Settled in the 1860's, the streets of Aramac were "loosely" designed on the wide streets of Melbourne.

Discovered in the late 1850's by William Landsborough, Aramac was named after local landowner Robert Ramsey Mackenzie (Ar-Ar-Mac), who would later go on to become Queenslands first Treasurer and future Premier.

In 1909 Aramac Shire Council borrowed £66 500 and built a tramway connecting the town to the main railway line at Barcaldine. The tramway operated until 1975.                        

Tramway to Heaven

Well atleast the locals think so.

One of Aramac's few tourist attractions is the display of the old Tramway which is  located on the southern side of town. It is open for inspection from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. each day.

Birdwatching or Bathing

One thing this arid little part of the Outback does not lack is water.

Three bodies of water to make use of around the town are Aramac Creek, Lake Galilee and Lake Dunn.

Lake Galilee is situated 100 km north east of town, is roughly 40km long, covering some 15 000ha. On a salty bed ,the lake being the only one in Central West Queensland,is home to a variety of birdlife. The lake can dry up quickly so a phone call ahead is advised.

Lake Dunn is the place to go if freshwater is more to your taste. With picnic areas, easy access and some nice old gum's and coolibahs for shade, this is certainly the best place to stay cool on a hot Aramac day.


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