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Blackall - Cities, Towns and Localities
First settled in 1846, Blackall was named after Queensland’s second Governor Colonel Samuel Wensley Blackall. The location was first explored by Major Thomas Mitchell who also had a grass named after him ‘Mitchell Grass’. The town relies completely on artesian bore water in fact Blackall was the first town to drill artesian bores in Queensland.

This outback town has contributed to the Australian vernacular by providing us all with the fabulous colloquial term ‘Beyond the Black Stump’. The black stump actually exists here in Blackall and was used by surveyors to align the borders of Queensland in 1887 using theodolites on the stump for latitude and longitude observations.

Jack Howe a Blackall local set a world record here in 1892 by shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes, 58 years were to pass before anyone could beat this record and then it was only with mechanical shears. Jacks now lies in the Blackall cemetery.

Blackall is a small remote community situated along the banks of the Barcoo River, with the main street lined with beautiful bottle trees old-style buildings and beautiful gardens. A popular place to visit all year round, autumn, winter and spring tends to have moderate days and cool evening, whilst summer is much warmer, usually a dry heat with minimal humidity. Blackall is approximately 950 km north west of Brisbane.

Check out our listing of Central West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Blackall Tourist Information Centre
108a Shamrock Street
BLACKALL QLD 4472
Ph: 07 4657 4637
Email / Email
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Blackall Attractions

Blackall Aquatic Centre
• Salvia St, BLACKALL QLD 4472 • Ph: 07 4657 4975
Situated within a tropical setting is the therapeutic mineral waters that comes from deep underground, supplying this outback oasis with warm water all year round. Many locals and visitor come to rest, relax and revive in this Artesian spa and is a welcome retreat for the weary traveller. The pool is 1.8 m at the deepest section, becoming shall to a sloping beach style entry. The shaded areas offer a safe playground for all ages, incorporating two toddler pools.

The Artesian water flows under pressure from the Great Artesian Basin. Bores are drilled to depths of up to 850 m, with Blackall artesian water temperature being 58 degrees Celcius and pressure is up to 60 psi.
The Original Artesian Bore
• Cnr Aqua & Garden Street
Blackall was the first town to start drilling an artesian bore in Queensland back in 1885. A mural above the bore depicts the bore being drilled.
Blackall Cultural Centre
• Cnr Shamrock & Hawthorne Sts, BLACKALL QLD 4472
• Ph: 07 4657 4707 • Ph: 07 4657 4222 (Bookings - for details contact Council) • Email
Function and convention centre, weddings, concerts, theatrical productions and exhibitions.
The Black Stump
• Thistle Street, BLACKALL QLD 4472
With anything west of Blackall being considered ‘Beyond the Black Stump’, visitors can view the ‘Black Stump’ which was once used for surveying purposed, and permanently marks the original Astro Station, established in 1887. Surveyors use to place their theodolites on the stump for latitude and longitude observations. The stump was used because if gave more stability to the theodolites then a set of legs. This enabled the mapping of Queensland on a more accurate basis.

The mural behind the stump was painted by a local artist Bob Wilson, whose work can also be seen at the Pioneer Bore in Garden Street.
The Blackall Woolscour
• Short St, BLACKALL QLD 4472 • Ph: 07 4657 6042 • Email
4 km outside of Blackall, the massive Blackall Woolscour is the only steam-driven woolscour remaining of the 52 which operated in full swing across the country. The Blackall Woolscour has been lovingly restored so visitors can see and hear genuine early 20th century steam driven machinery in all its noisy action!
The Jack Howe Memorial Statue
• Universal Garden Centre and Gallery, Shamrock Street, BLACKALL QLD 4472
The legendary shearer ‘Jackie Howe’ is well remembered in this town. He holds the record for shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes, with blade shears, at Alice Downs Station in 1892.

More information can be had from the Blackall Visitor Information, the council website or visit the Universal Garden Centre and Gallery.

Also check out the website Jack Howe - The Man & the Legend by Barry Muir.
Welford National Park
The park also has a large sand dune region and is known to have the most easterly desert sand dune country in Queensland. Other parts of the park feature rocky granite outcrops which make a more than suitable home for the rare and endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby.

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Blackall Distance

Distance to Blackall
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Blackall:
  Km
Barcaldine 107.4
Brisbane 964.1
Cairns 1,058.9
Charleville 301.5
Emerald 416.3
  Km
Ilfracombe 186.3
Longreach 213.7
Mount Isa 860.6
Quilpie 319.9
Toowoomba 838.1
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate map.
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