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RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre

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 7.00pm and 8.00pm 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’.

OPENING HOURS

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).

Entry pricing:
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

EXHIBITIONS

1 November 2021 – January 2022
Suzanne Mahy Robinson Collection
Suzanne is a country lady born and bred, a graziers daughter from west of Cobar, NSW – now based near Gin Gin QLD.
She is a pastel artist with work in collections in China, USA, UK and many areas of Australia. Suzanne has been a practicing member of the Pastel Society of Australia for 25 yeras and was the first president who was country based, and introduced the group to meetings via internet links. Under Suzanne’s presidency the first Pastel Expo in Australia was held in Caloundra Events Centre with 64 workshops, demonstrations and pleine aire sessions over four days, attracting 200 of the 360 members.
This exhibition covers a period from 1989, when Suzanne moved to Queensland, to this day. As a pastel artist she has a preference for animals, country scenery along with some floral and beach scenes from holidays with grandchildren. Suzanne also enjoys photography, this enables her to maintain copyright principles of her own work.
She enjoys working in pastel, a dry medium, which allows her to walk away from work with little clean up and return at will when needed. This was very necessary when she was located in Camooweal for 15 years as Post Mistress, Queensland Government Agent and Mount Isa City Council Agent, and in her family businesses. Suzanne was also the founding board member of the Camooweal Drovers Camp Association and art coordinator for the first six years.
Suzanne is an experienced artist and gallery manager of the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery and Vice President of the Pastel Society Australia, President of the Fine Arts Society of Gin Gin and District Inc. She has represented Australia at the Internal Association of Pastel Societies Conference in Alberquerque USA and the guest of honour at the ‘100 Anniversary of China Pastel’ event in Suzhou City, China – where she now has a piece of her art in the Ming Gallery Collection.