Stay another Day in Blackall-Tambo

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The roads are open within Queensland and you’re invited to come and visit us in the Blackall-Tambo region. So pack up your caravan, tent or book a motel room and come and join us! There’s no rush out here so why not Stay another Day?

While you’re here the top must dos include:

  1. Getting back to nature – camp in one of our free river camps. Stubby Bend in Tambo or the Barcoo River Camp in Blackall.

Stubby Bend Tambo

2. Take a day trip out to a National Park. Park your van up in Tambo and head out the Wilderness Way and pop into Salvatore Rosa National Park.   Out from Blackall you can head out to Idalia National Park  and go bush walking, bird watching or take a scenic drive. You might want to pack your tent for an overnight-er.

Tambo's Wilderness Way

3.  Rest, revive and relax at Blackall’s Aquatic Centre. The new 20-seat Spa is a popular spot for a soak in the soothing mineral waters. You won’t want to leave!

Spa at Blackall Aquatic Centre

4. Art is for everyone! Cruise around and enjoy the Blackall Sculptural Trail and pop into the Grassland Art Gallery in Tambo. There are many artworks around town that aren’t listed – how many can you spot?

Blackall Sculptural Trail

5. Discover the weird, wonderful and quirky history of each town. Tambo  is the site of of the only Qantas crash site, a dubious claim to fame! While Blackall has a myriad of weird and wonderful stories to tell.  Did you know – the famous family of W G Perry started their circus from Northampton Downs in outback Queensland in 1885!

Qantas crash site in Tambo

6. Take your time! Wander up and down our attractive main streets, pop into our local cafes and coffee shops , and enjoy a chat with a friendly local. Nothing is too far away in our little towns, so why not Stay another Day and enjoy all we have to offer.

Here’s your invitation!


4 Replies to “Stay another Day in Blackall-Tambo”

  1. I was born in Tambo in 1944.
    I have had a quick look at the tourism page for the shire.
    I am getting old but I didn’t see anything about the fact that Tambo is the oldest town in the central west. It was established in circa 1863, originally called Carangarrah.
    It was, I believe, the communication hub between Brisbane and North Queensland.
    The telegraph lines ran from Brisbane to Tambo and then to all points north and east.
    In the early days it was impossible to travel up the coast from Brisbane due to the lack of river crossings.
    I was told the bullock teams would leave Brisbane for Tambo, about a three month trip, before travelling north.
    The reason being that Tambo was on the top of the Great Dividing Range and on the water shed, between rivers running west, as in the Barcoo (headwaters about 25k east of Tambo) and the rivers running east as in the Dawson and others, allowing the wagons to operate around the coastal rivers..
    I believe it was also the land court, for registration of land titles taken up by the early settlers
    in the west and far west.
    The land at the east of the town encompassing the dam (lake) was owned by my grandfather Fred Lynch and given to the local community by my mother Elizabeth McDonald, around the late sixties or early seventies.
    What a way to help Tambo during this sad time. Maybe it would attract tourists, if this information was included on the web site.
    I apologise if it already exists and I did not see it on the site.
    Regards, Peter

  2. HI, I am heading out to Blackall later in the year and am in search of the history of the Lee family (Chinese market gardeners and general store owners). Lee Tim Kin married Gao See and they had 10 children most of them born in Blackall (Harry and May died there). They lived and worked in Shamrock Street.
    Does anyone have any memories of where there houses or graves could be? Would love to hear from you.

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