RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre
The RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre was built to honour this great Australian and pay tribute to the bush skills and culture that the bush was founded upon. Here visitors can learn about RM Williams’ story, bush skills, Indigenous artifacts, view the Dot Hamilton cattle exhibition, be inspired with bush poetry, and appreciate the skills shared in a leathercraft workshop or demonstration. The Centre also has a modern gallery space and exhibits many talented local and travelling artists.
Eidsvold is the self-proclaimed ‘Beef Capital’ of the North Burnett and has a rich history of successful cattle properties, droving teams and record sized cattle sales. Eidsvold is also where RM Williams chose to settle after leaving South Australia in the 1950’s, seeking a challenge and settling on a property along the Auburn River near Eidsvold. RM’s connection to Eidsvold is apparent still today, with reminders of his tenure in the small community’s various stone buildings and numerous friendly locals sharing their stories. RM’s property ‘Rockybar’ is also his final resting place, where he is at peace in the quiet bush outside of Eidsvold.
The Centre is situated along Australia’s Country Way, the A3, and is only a short walk to town, close the bushland, Showgrounds, Golf Course and Saleyards.
The Centre also offers a pet-friendly, self-contained RV Stop for $10 / van / night. Toilets are available for campers.
The Son et Lumiere is the outdoor Light and Sound Show held every night at the Centre. Playing at 6.30pm and 7.30pm this must see show shares the story of RM Williams, with local story tellers, poets, and drovers sharing interesting stories of life in the bush. The Show is projected onto a customised steel Sculpture called the ‘Language of the Land’. Read about this special sculpture here: https://www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/language-of-the-land/
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 2pm
Closed: Good Friday, Anzac day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).
- Visitor Information and Driver Reviver – Free
- General admission – $5
- Family admission – $15 (2 adults and 2 children)
- Additional children – $2
- Children under 15 – $2.5
- Children under 5 – Free
Son et Lumiere – Light and Sound Show
While you are visiting the Center make sure you stay for the ‘Son et Lumiere’ – Light and Sound Show, a customised steel sculpture that comes to life with illuminated local stories. Here you will learn more of our Australian icon and locals that lived, loved and worked in the area. Hear their stories of bushcrafts, bush antics and poetry.
The FREE ‘Light Show’ can be viewed each evening at 6.30PM & 7.30PM.
“A Tribute To Patience and Persistence” by June McCotter and John Musk
June McCotter and John Musk are proud to bring their collaborative exhibition to the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre – opening January 8 and open to the public until April 1st. Please take the opportunity to meet the artists on January 8th!
June’s favourite subject is her cattle station, “Alcheringa” nestled in the little country town of Mt Perry. Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her bush home, McCotter paints plein air landscape compositions directly from life impressionistically. Setting up her easel in and around her cattle station, June creates engaging landscapes that invite the viewer to walk right in. This artist paints from a ‘core’ that reflects her life observations and personal response to her diverse cultural, emotional and visual view of the world that surrounds her.
Paul Musk has the great good fortune to grow up in the English countryside, very different from the Australian Bush. Much of his youth was spent exploring “the combes and caves of North Devon, in England’s West Country. On the edge of Exmoor, it is a land of rolling hills, caves, cliffs and sandy beaches, with the odd old tin mine throw in. Altogether an adventurous boys paradise”.
For those unable to make the opening this exhibition will be open to the public until April 1, 2021. For further information please contact the friendly Centre staff on 07 4165 7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries please contact the friendly staff:
RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre
23767 Gayndah-Monto Road, EIDSVOLD QLD 4627
Phone: (07) 4165 7272
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