Destination Blackall

Blackall Main Street

Time for a road trip? Make Blackall your destination.

Home of the late, great shearing legend, Jackie Howe, Blackall is one of those places that you just can’t stay away from. With domestic travel on the agenda its time to make Blackall your destination.

Blackall has plenty of space for caravans and motorhomes with three venues to choose from.

If you’re looking for something on the cheaper end of the scale, for only eight dollars a night the Barcoo River Camp is the spot. On the southern side of town the naturally shady sites will will surely tickle your fancy.  Public showers and toilets are within walking distance and the centre of town is only a short stroll.

The Blackall Caravan Park provides guests with powered sites, a large equipped camp kitchen and free Wi-Fi.  You’re more than welcome to bring your furry family members along too!

If you’re looking for something a little smaller and quieter, the Barcoo Hotel Caravan Park is the spot. Offering twelve powered grassy sites, town water and a dump point. Conveniently located behind the Barcoo Hotel in the main street of Blackall.

While you’re in Blackall, why not check out some of our local eateries? Start your day with a nice hot coffee, breakfast or lunch from The Lodge on Hawthorn, The Drawing Board or Tina’s Coffee Shop. After your big day of exploration and discovery, why not end your day at one of the pubs for dinner and a few cold ales. Both the Barcoo Hotel and the Union Hotel both offer delicious, hearty country style meals.

While all this eating and relaxing might be right up your alley, make sure you stop into the Blackall Woolscour, to see history in motion. Check out the Blackall Saleyards on a Thursday and experience a real-life cattle sale. Check out the People’s Sign, the Black Stump, the Aquatic Centre, the cemetery and oh so many other wonderful attractions around our town and discover why it really is Better in Blackall.

Blackall Show

The 2020 Blackall Show scheduled for May 2nd has been cancelled. The Committee will endeavour to present  an event on behalf of the
Barcoo Pastoral Society at a later and more suitable date.

The Blackall Show is an annual event presented by the Barcoo Pastoral Society, to bring together and celebrate the culture, industries and spirit of our local community.

Anzac Day – Blackall

Anzac Day Services are cancelled for 2020. Community members are encouraged to commemorate this significant event by standing at the end of their driveway at 6.00 am to share a minutes silence.

Tune to the ABC offering the National Ceremony. 

Blackall’s annual Dawn Service and breakfast is held at the Memorial Park.

Easter Activities in the Outback

Outback Blackall-Tambo

While we all ‘stay home’ this Easter, we have been reflecting on how to enjoy our Easter holiday at home in the Outback. We have come up with a list of five ways we can share this break with family and friends.

Enjoy the Outback with friends and family, here’s how:

  1. Have a ‘virtual’ picnic with family. Set a time and date with family and charge your i-pad. Prepare a yummy picnic lunch and set up on the lawn. Connect with your loved ones via skype or facetime and enjoy a afternoon luncheon. You may not be able to share the food but will enjoy the social interaction while appropriately socially distanced.
  2. Supporting our local Foodie  businesses. Our cafes, pubs and restaurants are being hardest hit at the moment. Closing their doors to customers and only selling take away meals and beverages is impacting greatly on their viability. To help we can all try to buy a few more takeaway meals.  We all know Friday’s Fish day, so do a google search and find the best fish takeaway in your town and share a photo of your meal on social media. Our bet is you’ll be jealous of our meals and be heading out our way and soon as you can to order!
  3. Getting out of the house and exercising is a good for both your physical and mental health. A walk around our towns is even more fun at the moment as we are all ‘going on a bear hunt‘. Makes sense in the ‘outback teddy bear capital’, Tambo but this is a world wide movement that we love being a part of. How many teddy bears can you spot in your neighborhood? Did you spot any Tambo Teddies?
  4. Take photos of your beautiful piece of the Outback. Capture a sunset, a sunrise or an image of what make your place special! Share these images with the hashtag and be a part of the Outback Queensland‘s magic moments campaign. Show the world what makes the Outback so special! Tag your magic moments #outbackqldmagicmoments  and email any special stories or images through to OQTA. Don’t forget to tag #totallytambo and #betterinblackall as well.
  5. Let’s engage a bit of nostalgia and take the time we never have these days to write a letter or two. It might be a note of thanks to your local food store, a letter to your grandmother or a quick hi to an old friend.

Most importantly stay home and stay safe this Easter.

Australia Day – Blackall 2020

Blackall Australia Day Celebrations

Enjoy Australia Day in the Bush.

Breaky at the Blackall Aquatic Centre.

Free entry and breakfast from 7.00 am to 10.00 am. Presentations at 8.30 am.

Followed by the Blackall P’n’C’s Sports Star of the Year and Outback Dash for Cash  – 2 pm at the Blackall Showgrounds – $5 entry fee.

Everyone Welcome.


Did you know – It’s Better in Blackall?

Better in Blackall

Blackall is an appealing country town, nestled on the banks of the mighty Barcoo River. Blackall’s locals always give visitors a warm welcome and the town offers a quiet and relaxed outback lifestyle ideal for those who want to experience a close-knit community.

An attractive township with tree lined streets, Blackall has a population of approximately 980 residents. Access to copious quantities of artesian water and a temperate climate allows residents to grow lush gardens and expansive lawns creating an oasis in the Outback. The benefits of the town’s mineral waters can be experienced at the Blackall Aquatic Centre, the spacious 20-seat Spa is a popular spot for a soak in the soothing warm waters.

If you prefer to swim some laps, there is also a 50 metre Olympic size pool. Walk-in access and a disabled lift ensures everyone can enjoy the benefits of the artesian water.  It’s the best place for a refreshing dip in a surprising oasis.

Literally growing on the sheep’s back, Blackall became a thriving outback township in the early years. Today, only a handful of properties are still running sheep but the region’s connections with the wool industry are celebrated by the key visitor attractions, the historic Blackall Woolscour, Ram Park along with the town’s notable link to champion shearer Jack Howe. Today the cattle industry is thriving and visitors can get a glimpse of the scale of this industry at the Blackall Saleyards, where over 120,000 cattle are sold each year.

If you’ve ever heard the saying ‘beyond the black stump’, get yourself to Blackall and see it for yourself. When pioneers were passing through the area, they declared that everything west of where they were (Blackall), was ‘beyond the black stump’. Legend has it ‘anyone who crosses the Barcoo River 10 times is here to stay.’

So it’s a must – come and see why ‘it’s better in Blackall’!

Roly Poly

Clay Target Coaching Clinic

2 day Clay Target Coaching Clinic at Blackall.

2 day clinic for anyone clay target shooter wishing to improve their skill set.

Limited places to the first 25.

For more information contact: Joe Taylor or Anita Dennis