Heading west from Rocky?
Start your epic drive into the Blackall-Tambo region in Springsure. Travel the unsealed Tambo-Springsure Rd and cross the Great Dividing Range. Perfect for the 4WD enthusiast or the adventurous caravanner prepared to travel at a very leisurely pace.
Take a side trip into Salvator Rosa National Park and enjoy the clear, crystal waters from the Mitchell Springs which flow into the Nogoa River. This wild and rugged area has it own natural, raw beauty, vast cliff lines and deep gorges open up to vistas of some of the richest grazing lands in Queensland.
A drive must have a destination, and Tambo is the spot to stop. Spend a day or two discovering the oldest town in the west. Soak up the history and the heritage, get back to nature along the banks of the mighty Barcoo, discover art work created by talented locals at the Grassland Art Gallery and meet some famous teddy bears at Tambo Teddies. Feeling energetic? There are plenty of self-guided walks and a range of outdoor exercise equipment is located at the Tambo Dam.
Pull up a stump and set up camp for the night at Stubby Bend. Spend a while enjoying an ale or two with your fellow campers, but make sure you head into town before 5 pm to pick a winner in Ben’s Chicken Races at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel.
Continuing your epic drive, why not have a rest day halfway between Blackall and Tambo along the Matilda Way. Cross the Barcoo River at the Karlgoonah Bridge about 55 kms from Tambo. Located on the river bank, surrounded by towering gum trees is a free camp and picnic spot. Great spot to spend a day relaxing, reading and resting.
Drive on to Blackall and call into the Visitor Information Centre to discover all there is to see and do in town. Pop into Ram Park and join Stewie, a former stockman for a tour and demonstration of bush craft and stockman’s skills. Continue uncovering the past with a trip out to the Historic Blackall Woolscour, the only fully intact stem-powered wool washing plant left in Australia.
A dip in Blackall’s hot artesian spa at the end of the day will allow you to rest, relax and revive after your drive. Time your trip to be in town on a Thursday so you can spend your morning at the Blackall Saleyards. Get a bird’s eye view of an action pack cattle sale from the purpose built viewing deck nestled among the shady fig trees.
Continue the history lessons with visits to the Black Stump, Jack Howe Gallery, the Bushman’s Gallery and a stroll along Shamrock St. Known as the arts capital of the central west, Blackall’s outdoor art gallery is well worth a drive around.
Come for a drive, take an epic road trip and discover all there is on offer in the Blackall-Tambo region.