Visit Blackall in Outback Queensland and discover the beauty of life at a slower pace.
An authentic Aussie outback experience, this friendly town offers outdoor activities, therapeutic artesian water and an unlikely arts core.
Sculptures like the Eagles Nest by artist Richard Moffatt made from scrap metal introduce an element of self reflection to the otherwise quiet town and offer visitors an appreciation for the unique beauty and struggles of life on the land.
QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Blackall are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.
Whether you’ve been before or it’s your first time - there’s something for everyone in this friendly outback town.
- Plan a trip in October and catch the annual Blackall Heartland Festival, featuring exhibitions, music, billy-cart racing and even a shearing competition.
- Learn about Australia’s pioneering era on a tour of the Blackall Woolscour, the only steam-powered wool washing plant left fully intact in Australia.
- Bathe in the therapeutic artesian spa or swim laps in the olympic sized pool at the Blackall Aquatic Centre.
- Visit the famous Black Stump at the site of the historic Astro Station, which was used for surveying purposes from 1887.
- Take a drive to neighbouring Tambo and browse the exhibitions of local and visiting artists at the Grasslands Art Gallery.
Stay local and enjoy the simple life, or hit the road and explore Outback Queensland.
In and around Blackall
In true outback fashion, the hero of this town is a legendary sheep shearer named Jack Howe.
Why not start your day at the statue dedicated to him outside the Universal Garden Centre in Shamrock Street, before learning about his world-record shearing feats at the gallery inside. Continue on to hunt down the entire series of creative and quirky sculptures and art installations dotted around the region. Find the entire series here.
Venture ‘beyond the black stump’ at the site of the original Astro Station, where the famous black stump was used for surveying purposes since 1887 and immortalised in popular Australian slang.
There are bakeries, pubs and restaurants in town each offering great options to stop for a meal. If you fancy a side of antique shopping with your scones, try The Lodge on Hawthorn - a converted masonic lodge that’s now an antique store and restaurant, serving delicious meals and daily specials.
For a place to rest your weary head, take your pick of motels, hotels and a caravan park in and around town.
The deeper you go in the outback, the brighter the stars that fill the sky.
This is the case in Tambo, ‘the oldest town in the west’ of Queensland and around a one hour's drive from Blackall. The Visitor Information Centre is located in the Old Courthouse and this is a great place to gather all the information you need to explore the surrounding region.
There are two popular walking trails in town - The Coolibah and Heritage Walks. The latter is a great option for nature lovers and takes in the scenery, flora and fauna by the Barcoo River. History buffs will love the Heritage Walk which passes historical buildings and sites, including The Post and Telegraph Museum which features a fascinating morse code exhibition.
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Blackall enjoys a typical outback climate with hot summers and warm winters. Average temperatures fall between 6-26ºC in winter and 22-36ºC in summer, when days can regularly reach the 40s. Most yearly rainfall occurs in the summer.