The Reginald Murray Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre (RMWABLC) 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 Mr 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. Mr William’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. Mr Williams’ 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 6.00pm and 7.00pm this must see show shares the story of Reginald Murray 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’.
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (Closed for lunch between 12pm – 12.30pm)
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 – $10
Family admission – $25 (2 adults and 2 children)
Additional children – $3
Children under 15 – $5
Children under 5 – Free