Visitor Info/tourism Info
Blackall is located on the Matilda Highway as you travel north from Charleville. The town was founded in 1846 by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell and is named after Sir Samuel Blackall, the second Governor of Queensland. Blackall is accessible by air or road.
Travelling by Road
Blackall is easily accessed by fully sealed roads. Approximate driving distances are listed below:
950km from Brisbane on the Landsborough Highway.
800km from Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway.
850km from Mount Isa on the Landsborough Highway.
750km from Bourke, NSW on the Mitchell Highway.
Travelling by Air
QantasLink fly between Brisbane and Blackall twice a week; Wednesday and Friday. At present there are no car hire facilities available at Blackall Airport. QantasLink offers daily flights into nearby Longreach Airport and there are car hire facilities available.
Travelling by Coach
Bus Queensland operate daily coach services to/from Blackall on their Brisbane to Mount Isa schedule.
Things to do & See
Blackall Woolscour Tours
The Blackall Woolscour operated from 1908 through until 1978 and it is Australia’s Heritage at its best. Woolscouring means wool washing. The Scour is an important part of the National Heritage. It is the only steam-driven scour incorporating a shearing shed left in Australia. Daily guided tours are operated by enthusiastic volunteers at 10am, 11am, 12noon and 1pm.
Evora Road, Blackall
07 4657 6042
Jackie Howe Memorial Statue
Jack Howe, Australia’s most famous shearer shore a record of 321 sheep in 7 hours 40 minutes in 1892. A memorial statue is located outside the Universal Garden Centre in Shamrock St. Inside is a gallery, with a historic display, relating to legendary shearer Jack Howe and the local town history.
Shamrock Street, Blackall
07 4621 6600
The Black Stump
Located behind the State School in Thistle Street, the Black Stump was used for surveying purposes and permanently marks the original Astro Station which was established in 1887. Surveyors placed their transit on the stump for latitude and longitude observations. The stump was used rather than a set of legs because it gave more stability to the transit. At the time any country to the west of Blackall was considered to be “beyond the Black Stump”.
07 4621 6600
The Lost Art Centre
Join local Blackall artisans to learn the story and see a demonstration of the drover’s lost art of leather-craft. Opportunity to join in and learn the craft with advance notice. Leather goods are also available for purchase.
77-79 Shamrock Street, Blackall
07 4657 6042
Tambo Teddies Workshop
Learn the history of this iconic teddy, hear how the teddies are named and see a demonstration. In the workshop, you can meet your new lifelong companion, over 40,000 teddy bears have been made here in Tambo and yours will have its own unique number and personality.
17 Arthur St, Tambo
07 4654 6223
In a town far, far away, in the middle of Australia’s outback, surrounded by sheep, cattle, and folk living off the land, one publican has joined forces with a bunch of unruly chickens to start a little event called Ben’s Chicken Racing. With daily shows running from May until September, you can join in the fun at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel. The chickens are auctioned off individually before each race to the contestants. A remote control car with some ‘special’ chicken treats get the chickens running and first over the finish line wins! The winners will receive some prize money as well as 50% is donated to a local charity.
25 Arthur St, Tambo QLD 4478
P: 0474 013 588
Blackall Aquatic Centre
Are you in need of some R & R? Then take time out at the Blackall Aquatic Centre. Relax in the spa, its warm bubbling artesian waters fed by 58 degree bore water. If you prefer to swim some laps, there is also a 50 metre olympic size pool. Walk-in access and a disabled lift ensure everyone can enjoy the qualities of the artesian water. Change rooms, hot showers, toilets and a kiosk for snacks and drinks are welcome features. Call in for a refreshing dip – it’s heaven after a day’s driving.
1 Salvia Street, Blackall QLD 4472
P: 0427 178 085
Sculpture Trail Blackall
If you like your art alfresco, then you’ll love the Blackall Sculpture Trail. There’s an incredible sculpture of an Eagle in its Nest made from railway dog spikes, timber and bolts from an old bridge. Another is called The Roly Poly. Located just outside of town the Roly Poly is all about fun. It’s also makes for a great photo on sunset. All up, there are nine unique sculptures along the trail. Each piece bares some significance to the town’s cultural or natural history. It’s definitely worth a look.
Pick up a map from the Visitor Information Centre.
Lodge on Hawthorn
The Lodge on Hawthorn has something for everyone, whether it be an interest in the history of Western Queensland or the history of Freemasonry; an eye for the finer things in life (quality art and antiques); or simply an appreciation of good food and a good cup of tea.
13 Hawthorn Street, Blackall
P: 0429 909 901
It’s hard to miss the big white ram as your drive down the main street of Blackall. The heritage buildings, displays and stories at Ram Park bring Blackall’s colourful history to life. Take a wander through the station homestead and visit the Yalleroi School House for a window into days gone by, and the old restored railway building. Join Stewie, a former stockman for demonstrations of bushcraft and stockman skills.
145a Shamrock Street, Blackall QLD 4472
P: 07 4657 4637
Take a Road Trip
Take an adventure drive along the Barcoo Way. Here’s your chance to hit the road, get the red dust under your tyres and really explore the outback. Who doesn’t want to camp beside a billabong, 4wd across a claypan and reel in a champion Yellowbelly. Discover awesome National Parks and incredible raw landscapes. The Barcoo River rises on the northern slopes of the Warrego Range near Tambo. It flows north-west then turns south towards Windorah to form Cooper Creek. Towns along the river include; Tambo, Blackall, Isisford, Yaraka & Windorah.
For suggested itineraries and things to do and see on this adventure trek head to www.barcooway.com.au.