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’.


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

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

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

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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Instagram post 18184590397207246 If you’re looking for a place to explore the Blackall-Tambo region has it all. There’s no shortage of things to see and do.

Delve into the outback’s history with a visit to the historic Blackall Woolscour, Ram Park and Tambo’s Heritage Precinct. Discover what put Tambo on the map at the @tamboteddies  workshop while watching the famous bears come to life or head to the races with @benschickenracingtambo.

Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of warm artesian water at the Blackall Aquatic Centre in the bubble spa or 50m pool.

From the flat open downs to the rugged cliffs and dry gorges of the Great Dividing Range, the region’s contrasting landforms create scenic backdrops while road-tripping and visiting the towns. Salvator Rosa and Idalia National Parks are on the doorstep, providing four-wheel-drive enthusiasts the ultimate opportunity to explore natural wonders and experience the Outback. 

So, if you’re looking for a place to rest, relax and revive while you soak up the history of the central west – then vist Blackall-Tambo.

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