Blackall

About Blackall


Population: 950

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Barcoo, Blackall’s friendly locals always give visitors a warm welcome.

Literally growing on the sheep’s back, Blackall became a thriving outback township in the early years. Today, you can discover the region’s wool heritage at the Historic Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining scour in Australia, a virtual living museum, where friendly volunteers can take you on an intimate guided tour through the complex.

 

Blade shearer Jack Howe put Blackall on the map in 1892 at nearby Alice Downs Station, when he set a world record by shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes. It took another 58 years before anyone matched this feat and this was by machine shears. Jack Howe is memorialised in a bronze sculpture that can be viewed when wandering along the Shamrock Stroll, a historical walk around the town.

Blackall has the reputation as the Arts Capital of the West, boasting an outdoor gallery of public artworks created by local and well renowned artists, which range from scrap metal sculptures, wool carvings and hand-painted murals to large bronze depictions of the town’s most famous.

The first artesian bore in the outback was drilled in Blackall in 1885 and today visitors can rest, relax and revive in the natural artesian waters at the Blackall Aquatic Centre’s thermal spa and swimming pool.

Blackall is the home of the Black Stump which was used for surveying purposes and permanently marks the original Astro Station established in 1887. Anything west of this point is said to be ‘beyond the black stump’.

Experiences

Ram Park

Under the watchful eye of the big ram, Ram Park is a collection of old buildings filled with displays and stories that bring Blackall’s colourful history to life, preserving it for future generations. Visitors can wander through the station homestead and gain a feel of a life gone

Langlo – Adavale Road

Take a side trip off the Matilda Way along the Langlo-Adavale Road for a bit of off-road adventure, it’s a great way to see more of Queensland’s Outback as you travel between Tambo and Blackall. The drive presents great views of beautiful outback landscapes. You will see native

Idalia National Park

Amid the gorges and rocky formations of the Gowan Range tablelands, Idalia National Park protects extensive mulga woodlands, the Bulloo River’s headwaters and threatened wildlife. Seven species of macropods, including yellow-footed rock-wallabies and endangered bridled nailtail wallabies live here. 15 native species of fuchsia grow here. Explore the

Five Mile

The Five Mile Waterhole is a great little waterhole which is quiet and shady location with plenty of room for keen fishermen. The Five Mile Fishing Hole is not far from Blackall on the Landsborough Highway heading north. Turn left at the “Riverview”/”Garden” sign. Follow the road along

Blackall Woolscour

Discover history in action at the Blackall Woolscour and the last remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia. A living museum with a direct link to Australia’s pioneering era. Operating from 1908 until it closed in 1978, the scour played a large part in the lives of

Blackall Aquatic Centre

Are you in need of some rest and relaxation? 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

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Meanwhile in Blackall | #outbackqueensland

Instagram post 17858595833606032 What an epic journey across 1 900km for the 2021 @outbackqueenslandmasters million dollar hole-in-one challenge. 

Lots of fun from the greens of Biloela through to Charleville, the red 'greens' in Quilpie to the 'sand' greens of Blackall, Hughenden and Longreach.

Next year sees the tour go to Roma, Tambo, Barcaldine, Winton and Mount Isa all with $10 000 hole in ones.  Finishing up in Birdsville with a massive $1 Million hole in one! 

Save the dates 18 June to 24 July. For schedule, tickets and visitor information please go to https://www.outbackqldmasters.com/

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Instagram post 17935781035660285 Amid the gorges and rocky formations of the Gowan Range tablelands, Idalia National Park (located 113km south-west of Blackall) protects extensive mulga woodlands, the Bulloo River’s headwaters and threatened wildlife. Seven species of macropods, including yellow-footed rock-wallabies and endangered bridled nailtail wallabies live here. 15 native species of fuchsia grow here.

Explore the park on the self-guided drive. Enjoy panoramic views from Emmet Pocket lookout. Murphy’s Rockhole, a shady gorge, is a good place for wildlife watching. Visit Old Idalia, an old mustering camp and stockyards. Walk to the wave-shaped cliff overhang (pictured). Bush camp at the peaceful Monk’s Tank camping area, hidden in mulga woodlands. 

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Instagram post 18142454431171019 @betterinblackallfestival combines the best that Blackall has to offer! 

From 19 - 22 August Blackall explodes into a four-day festival packed with local grazing plates, sunset wine and food tastings, street parties, art and cultural displays, billycart races, BBQ cook-offs, live music and a swag load of familiar faces.

Life is #betterinblackall

Type in your browser https://www.betterinblackall.com/ for more information.

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Instagram post 18173059282130383 Cheers to the end of another spectacular weekend in Outback Queensland.

Here's cheers to the upcoming @betterinblackallfestival 19-22 August.
Combining the best that Blackall has to offer, the outback explodes into a four-day festival packed with local grazing plates, sunset wine and food tastings, street parties, art and cultural displays, billycart races, BBQ cook-offs, live music and a swag load of familiar faces. Life is #betterinblackall 

Type in your browser https://www.betterinblackall.com/ for more information.

Great photo by @holly_andmilly 

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Instagram post 17889554354283981 This weekend sees the @outbackqueenslandmasters tee off on Australia’s most remote golf series, spanning an epic 1,600 kilometres across Queensland’s Outback.

Tomorrow and Sunday the round starts off in Biloela, @sandstonewonders.

Followed by
26-27 June – Charleville, @experiencecharleville 
3-4 July – Quilpie, @visitquilpieshire
10-11 July – Blackall, @betterinblackall 
17-18 July – Hughenden, @visithughenden 
23-25 July – Longreach, @experiencelongreach 

Good luck to the competitors and all involved.
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