Better in Blackall Festival

Combining the best that Blackall has to offer, the outback explodes into a five-day festival packed with local grazing plates, sunset wine tastings, street parties, art and cultural displays, billycart races, BBQ cook-offs, live music and a swag load of familiar faces.

Life is #betterinblackall.

Queensland Outback Masters – Blackall

Postponed until 2021

For the ultimate golfing experience for 2020, the Outback Queensland Masters, locally coined, the “OQM” is back with a life changing opportunity for amateur golfers with a one million dollar hole in one up for grabs.

Amateur golfers and travellers are being encouraged to adventure west of the Great Divide in Queensland through the townships from Biloela and the sandstone wonders through to the channel country of Charleville, Quilpie and onto Blackall, Hughenden and the heart of the outback, Longreach, for the 2020 million dollar hole in one!

 

Blackall-Tambo- an Epic Drive

Drive to Tambo and Blackall

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.

Coolibah Walk Tambo

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.

Blackall Woolscour Blackall

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.

Drive Blackall-Tambo

Come for a drive, take an epic road trip and discover all there is on offer in the Blackall-Tambo region.

 

Travelling with the Family?

Wild and Woolly Tambo Family

Heading out west with the family? Younger travelers are well catered for in both Blackall and Tambo.

In the centre of Tambo, EE Parr Park is the perfect place to burn off some energy after being cooped up in the car. An enclosed playground with climbing frames, swings and see-saws caters for the littlies, while a basket ball court and skate park will keep the teenagers amused.

If you’re hitting town around lunchtime, pull up at the Tambo Dam Park. There’s plenty of space to run around and you can have your very own sausage sizzle on the free BBQs. In summertime when the dam is full, it’s a great place for the family to have swim and enjoy water activities if you bring a canoe or a tinny along with you. Between September and April, you can cool off in the Tambo pool, entry is FREE and the pool is open daily from 3.30 pm.

Up the road in Blackall the pool is open all year round. Perfect for families,  the beach edge is just perfect for toddlers to paddle in the water. There is plenty of space for the older kids too. If a swim is not in the plan, Banks Park, along the main drag, has swings, slides and jungle gyms. Another great lunch stop, there’s plenty of shade and free BBQs.

Blackall swimming pool

Ram Park is a must visit for families, providing the kids with a glimpse of what life was like in days gone by. There are certainly no iPads or computers in the old Yalleroi Schoolhouse!

Make sure you pack the kids scooters or skate boards, Blackall has a large undercover skate bowl in the park beside the old town hall in Short St, pretty much centre of town.

While in the region,  capture the memories, take a few family snaps at the Roly Poly, Wild’n’Woolly, the People’s Sign and the only Teddy Bear Crossing sign in Australia.

Tambo Teddies Crossing Sign

Don’t forget to share your insta moments with our hastags #betterinblackall and #totallytambo.

 

Tambo Campdraft

Tambo Campdraft

POSTPONED 

A fantastic, family weekend that brings the community together. Competitors and onlookers enjoy admiring the skill and horsemanship involved in this great sport, there is plenty to see and do.

3 days of Camp-drafting, a Gymkhana for the kids, food & drinks available all weekend, a bar operating in Mayne Pavilion and entertainment on Saturday night.

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.

Tambo Polocrosse

Tambo Polocrosse

The Polocrosse Association of Australia have suspended all polocrosse carnivals until further notice.

2020 annual Tambo Annual multi-horse Polocrosse Carnival.

Exciting games of quality fast paced Polocrosse played between teams from allover Queensland. Bar & meals all weekend, free camping.

Plan your Post-COVID19 Tambo Adventure

Wild n Woolly Tambo

There are plenty of things to see and do on your post-COVID-19 Matilda Way adventure from Cunnamulla through to Karumba, but Tambo is one place you don’t want to miss.

We’ve got plenty for you to see and do!

  • Salvator Rosa National Park: A must see part of our beautiful landscape that is our very own slice of the Carnarvon National Park with camping facilities and walking tracks. You can really ‘get away from it all’ for days!

Spyglass rock formation Wilderness Way

  • Tambo Teddies: Authentic, quality, individual, Australian Made Teddy Bear sheepskin souvenirs with a Royal seal of approval. Call in and watch come to life, right in front of your eyes!

Tambo Teddies

  • Ben’s Chicken Racing: You read that right. Turns out you can race anything! Seven nights a week, from May to October (when restrictions aren’t in place), Calcutta style chicken racing and fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, with the most colourful chickens in the west!

Ben's Chicken racing

  • The Tambo Heritage Precinct: Learn everything there is to know about the oldest town in the Central West from within the walls of our very own original Post and Telegraph Offices.

Tambo Heritage Precinct

  • The Coolibah Walk: There’s no better place to see outback jewels, like our sunrises and sunsets, than right on the banks of the mighty Barcoo River. The Coolibah walk has tables and chairs, dotted conveniently along its length, allowing you to stop, and really smell the fresh clean air of the Outback.Coolibah walk Tambo

 

  • The Grassland Art Gallery: A modern, classic haven, that features works of art in all mediums, from artists all over the country. You’ll be blown away by our local talents, on display, as well as our friends from far away. And with so many locally crafted pieces, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

Grassland Art Gallery Tambo

Escape the confines, escape the city, and see the bush.

Enjoy the fresh air, enjoy the stars, enjoy Tambo –  COVID FREE.