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Blackall

Blackall is located on the Matilda Highway and is name after Sir Samuel Blackall, the second Governor of Queensland. The town was discovered in 1846 by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell. Rest, relax and revive at Blackall's Aquatic Centre and home to the artesian spa and swimming pool. Famous for many reasons, blade shearer Jack Howe put Blackall on the map in 1892 at ムAlice Downs' when he set a world record by shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes. It actually took another 58 years before anyone could match this feat and that was by machine shears. Blackall was also the first town to start drilling an artesian bore back in 1885. It is also 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 ムbeyond the black stump'.

Abajaz Motor Inn - Longreach

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Central Point Motel - Mt Isa

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Coopers Country Lodge - Eromanga

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Discovery Parks - Argylla - Mount Isa

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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Leichhardt Accommodation - Mount Isa

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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O'Reilly's Mountain Villas - Lamington National Park

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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Oaks Moranbah - Moranbah

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Spicers Hidden Vale - Grandchester

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The Rocks Motel - Charleville

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Blackall

Blackall: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Major Mitchell Memorial


The Major Mitchell Memorial, located in Shamrock Street, was unveiled on September 19, 1946.

Thomas Mitchell was the first European to explore the area in 1846, which then led to the area being opened up for settlement.

Keeping a watch over Blackall main street, the magnificent memorial clock is dedicated to Major Mitchell, his off-sider Graham Douglas and their Aboriginal interpreter Youranigh.




Shamrock Street
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 0.1K from Blackall

Jack Howe Sculpture and Gallery


Australia's most famous shearer, Jack Howe, shore a record of 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes in 1892 at Alice Downs Station, Blackall. He also set a record of 237 sheep shorn with electric shears which was not broken for 58 years. A memorial statue is located outside the Universal Garden Centre in Shamrock Street. Inside is a gallery, with a historic display, relating to the legendary shearer Jack Howe and local town history which can be seen for a small charge.




Shamrock Street
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 0.2K from Blackall

Blackall War Memorial and Memorial Seat


The bravery of shearers, jackaroos and 'townies' who voluntarily signed up to be a part of WWI is remembered within Blackall's A and M Lehman Park.

Returned soldier and former mayor James Minnis unveiled a sandstone obelisk, fashioned by AL Petrie, on ANZAC Day 1927. It carries the names of 37 locals who died in the conflict.

There's also a stone seat, dedicated in 1928 by the Queensland Country Women's Association Blackall branch members in 'grateful memory'.

And there's a sculpture honouring the town's own Military Cross and Victoria Cross recipient, Edgar Thomas Towner. The grazier's son was 25 when he enlisted. He served at Gallipoli, Egypt and in Europe. The VC, the highest of honours in the British Empire, was awarded for his actions during an attack on Mont St. Quentin, a key German stronghold, on the Western Front in 1918.

Towner continued his life on the land in central Queensland, with a short time serving in WWII. He died in 1972 and is buried at the Longreach Cemetery.




Matilda Highway near Hart Lane
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 0.3K from Blackall

Black Stump


Anything west of Blackall is considered 'beyond the Black Stump", in reference to the early surveying of the western regions.

Nestled on Thistle Street behind the Blackall State School is a petrified wood memorial stump erected in 1988 to commemorate of the bi-centennial of Australia. The site represents the observation used when surveying was done to gain a more accurate basis for maps of Queensland, back in 1888. The surveyors used the stump for the placement of their transit to gain latitude and longitude observations. As time passed any country to the west of Blackall was considered to be 'beyond the Black Stump'.

While in town, visit Navena Homestead at Ram Park to see the original transit that was placed on the Black Stump.




Thistle Street
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 0.5K from Blackall

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 by or visit the Yalleroi school house to take in a lesson or two. Strolling through the grounds visitors can visualise how the pioneers tried to tame the outback using an array of machinery. Top off the day by joining Stewie, a former stockman for a tour of the park complete with demonstrations of bush craft and his stockmanship skills.

Ram Park is also home to the Blackall Visitor Information Centre, located inside the restored Blackall railway station. Travellers can pull into the station, have a cuppa, a chat with the friendly staff and discover what present day Blackall can offer those who visit the town on the 'banks of the Barcoo'.




145a Shamrock Street
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 0.6K from Blackall

Mr and Mrs Behan Sulky Display


Local character, Arthur Behan made his first sulky in Wagga when he was only 14 years old. His collection of handcrafted buggies and wagons are on display in his garden, giving Blackall a special charm that can't be seen anywhere else.

Most afternoons, you will encounter the Behan's trotting around the town in a horse drawn buggy chatting with visitors and locals alike.




Clematis Street
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 0.9K from Blackall

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 then take track down between the two houses. There is all vehicle access to this fishing hole.

Only a short eight kilometre drive from town, the Five Mile Fishing Hole boasts clear water where fishing enthusiast can use bait or lures to capture their quarry. Spacious and shady, a great place to relax while throwing in a line.




Landsborough Highway
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 1.6K from Blackall

Blackall Woolscour


Discover history in action at the Blackall Woolscour, 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 many Blackall families.

In 2002 the community restored the complex as a cultural tourism facility; the complex consists of the wool washing and drying tanks, a 20 stand shearing shed, large sheep yards, shearer's quarters, cook house, toilet and shower blocks. The community has created a unique heritage experience for visitors to the Woolscour that is informative and educational. Volunteers provide a friendly atmosphere of welcome that ensures the woolscour is one of the best authentic experiences in the region, acknowledged as one of the best industrial heritage sites in Australia.

The machinery is operational every day and is run on steam from May to the end of August. Guided tours operate on the hour, every hour, starting at 9.00 a.m. and the last tour departing at 4.00 p.m.




Evora Road
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 4.0K from Blackall

Blackall Cemetery


Graves in the Blackall Cemetery date back to the late 1800s.
In the cemetery are the grave sites of legendary shearer Jack Howe, Roy Dunne and Annie (Granny) Harlow.

Jack Howe set two shearing records in 1892, his record for blade shears of 321 sheep shorn in 7 hours 40 minutes has never been broken.

Roy set a record when astride his goat Nugget when they leaped over a 3 foot 6 inch jump.

Annie (Granny) Harlow was Blackall's midwife for many years and is a registered Unsung Hero at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre in Longreach.

Blackall Cemetery is a peaceful place to visit and discover more of Blackall's pioneering history.




Evora Road
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 18.7K from Blackall

Blackall: Events

Blackall Heartland Festival


G'Day! The Blackall Heartland Festival is a celebration in Blackall, the home of the Black Stump, Jackie Howe and the centre for Arts and Culture in the Central West. Showcasing its sheep and wool heritage as well as a street parade, its regional produce, with a Barbecue Cook Off, Photography, and fun workshops there is something for everyone. 2017 sees the return of Caulfield Cup country racing followed by Jackie Howe celebrations and lots of family fun. Special guests this year includes Sara Storer, Travis Collins and Shane Webcke plus lots more live entertainment typical bush fun.

Come and be dazzled by art, music, regionally produced beef and lamb, singers, heritage tours and activities over a three day weekend in a unique outback setting. You will be bowled over by the friendly town of Blackall, so grab your hat and come and join them for some outback hospitality. With flights direct to Blackall from Brisbane there's no excuse not to get to Blackall during festival time.

Don't forget to grab a mate and sign up for the iconic event the Blades and Blisters Challenge. Some great prize money and a whole lot of fun. See you in October!


Event Dates
2017
      20th Oct
      21st Oct
      22nd Oct


Evora Road,
Blackall Woolscour
Blackall, QLD, 4472

Located 3.9K from Blackall

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