Discover history in action at the Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia.
The Blackall Woolscour operated from 1908 through until 1978 and it is Australia’s Heritage at its best. Woolscouring means wool washing. The Scour is an important part of the National Heritage. It is the only steam-driven scour incorporating a shearing shed left in Australia.
In 2002 the Blackall Woolscour once again started using steam to run the machinery. The Woolscour is open seven days a week and you can experience the magic of the steam engine operating on site from the 1st May through until the end of August. The Woolscour is situated next to an artesian free-flowing bore which supplied ample hot water for scouring.
A visit to the Blackall Woolscour will allow your imagination to be captured by the secrets of the steam machinery and give you an insight to the pioneering achievement of engineering and endurance.
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 9am with the last tour departing at 4pm.
HOW TO GET HERE
The Woolscour is located on Evora Road, 4kms from the centre of Blackall on an all weather bitumen road.
When travelling on the Matilida Highway through Blackall turn into Clematis Street in the business centre of the town and follow the signs.