Blackall, Woolscour, Outback, QLD
Blackall

An authentic Aussie outback experience, this friendly town offers outdoor activities, therapeutic artesian water and an unlikely arts core. Visit Blackall in Outback Queensland and discover the beauty of life at a slower pace.

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Places to stay

Stay local and enjoy the simple life in town or hit the road and explore Outback Queensland. For a place to rest your weary head, take your pick of motels, hotels and a taverns in and around the main Shamrock Street.

If you’re passing through town on a self-drive caravan tour, you might like to rest and refuel at Blackall Caravan Park that offers powered sites, self-contained units or cabins. If visiting in October catch the annual Blackall Heartland Festival, featuring exhibitions, music, billy-cart racing and even a shearing competition.

While in town, 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. After a full day working or exploring, relax in the therapeutic artesian spa or swim laps in the olympic sized pool at the Blackall Aquatic Centre.

Things to do

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. 

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.

Barcoo river

Getting around

From the airport

The Blackall Airport is a five minute drive from the town centre. Transfers are available by prior arrangement with Blackall/Tambo Taxi and Tour Service.

From Brisbane airport

QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Blackall are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.

In and around the city

Blackall/Tambo Taxi and Tour Service is available in and around the local area by prior arrangement. Bus Queensland coach services connect Blackall to many of the towns in Outback Queensland - including Longreach where hire cars are available.

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