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Are you looking for place to rest, relax and revive while you soak up the history of the Central West? Then the Blackall-Tambo Region is the place to stay awhile. This area was explored by Major Mitchell in 1846 who described the area as the finest and most extensive pastoral region he had ever found.

The Blackall-Tambo Region is located on the Queensland Mitchell Grass Downs which was named after the rolling open downs of Southern England. Most of the region is devoted to pastoral leasehold and the area was settled by Europeans in 1863, with descendants of many of the original selectors still in the area. Local industry was predominantly sheep until the decline of the wool industry and drought led to many graziers turning to the cattle industry. Much of the region depends on the underlying Great Artesian Basin for water.

Nestled on the banks of the Barcoo River, Blackall and Tambo offers visitors’ fresh country atmosphere enhanced by glorious sunsets and clear night skies, distanced from hectic pace of city living yet easily accessible by road and air. The Barcoo River is a ‘dry’ river with many water-holes along its course, and with the Alice and Thompson Rivers become the three rivers that run into a creek! (Cooper’s Creek)

Both towns have a welcoming atmosphere with friendly locals, picturesque main streets, old-style buildings and beautiful gardens. Sporting services such as golf and bowls as well as cultural and art activities are abundant in both towns.

Tambo is the oldest town in the Central West and both towns are steeped in history and have an extensive collection of features that offer history, culture and reflections of Australia’s pioneer heritage.