Tambo Outback Rodeo

The 2020 Tambo Outback Rodeo has been cancelled.

Fast paced, exciting sports event involving horses and other livestock, designed to test the skill and speed of the cowboys and cowgirls.

Features of the event will be the Open Bull and Bronc Rides, with a  Mini Bull event for the kids.

Local Rodeo with loads of action from Bulls, Broncs and Barrels with entertainment into the Night.


Tambo Clay Target – Two Day Shoot

The annual Two- Day Shoot will be held over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 21st September.

Events range from single barrel to double barrel handicaps and championships.


Leaving Jackson – Johnny Cash and June Carter Show

Leaving Jackson Show in Blackall

Come along and enjoy the Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show on Saturday August 29th.

Celebrating Seniors Week 2020.

Limited tickets available.

$5 per ticket

Available from the Blackall Neighbourhood Centre, 07 4657 4440.

Doors open at 6.00 pm, show commences at 7.00 pm.

Out of Isolation 2020- Local artists exhibition

Local Exhibition at Grassland Art Gallery

Join the communities of Blackall and Tambo to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of works by seventeen local artists at the Grassland Art Gallery, Tambo. Created during the COVID-19 lockdown, this exhibition will feature a wide array of media; acrylic, sculpture, oils, woodwork and metalwork.

Official opening Saturday August 1st at 12.00pm.

$20 per person, lunch included.

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!


Would you like a coffee with your order?

The Lodge on Hawthorn Blackall

There is more than just coffee available in two of Blackall’s best coffee shops.

On the main street, The Drawing Board offers a blend of coffee and fashion. A collective boutique for a busy Australian women looking for fun, practical, quality fashion and accessories.

Offering a mean coffee and a range of muffins and biscuits, this unique shop allows customers to relax, catch up with friends, grab the perfect gift and keep up with the latest fashions.

Customers at The Drawing Board tell it like it is………

“This quaint little country cafe was the perfect place to stop for a coffee and bite to eat on our way through Blackall. Best boutique in the central west. Coffee is amazing, with fashion and gifts also.

What else could a girl ask for!”

The Drawing Board Coffee Shop Blackall

Just up Hawthorn St, past Blackall’s Cultural Centre is The Lodge on Hawthorn. Originally the town’s Masonic Temple, this magnificent heritage listed building is now a coffee shop, restaurant and antique and art shop.

Offering a seasonal menu accompanied by a wide variety of exquisite fine teas and delicious Queensland roasted coffee. Enjoy with a slice of their famous flourless chocolate cake or tasty steak sandwich made with local beef on a toasted turkish.

The Lodge boasts a unique collection of antiques and art for sale that is not likely to be found anywhere else in Regional Queensland. Many hand crafted local and regional products are available, a truly eclectic mix of unique, original antiquities and giftware.

Why not stay another day and enjoy a little bit of fine dining in the Outback?

On the weekends, The Lodge is the place for a gourmet experience in Blackall.  Boasting an exciting evening menu that includes  Atlantic Salmon with hollandaise or local Barcoo Butchery Rib Fillet with cafe de Paris sauce. BYO dining-in is available on Saturday and Sunday nights, or during the week for a booking of 10 or more.

And what do Lodge customers reckon?

“Most inviting coffee shop in Eastern Australia. Just love it here! Second visit.”

There is most definitely more than just coffee on offer!  Pop in and see, it will be worth the experience.  

Lodge on Hawthorn


Stay another Day in Blackall-Tambo

Blackall Main Street

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!


Did you know – Blackall?

Better in Blackall

Blackall is a place where the weird and wonderful can and does happen.

Did you know these nine weird and wonderful Blackall facts? Bet you didn’t!

  1. The Blackall region was discovered in 1846 by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell who named the river flowing through the area the ‘Victoria’. The river’s name was later changed to the ‘Barcoo’ which is believed to be an aboriginal name meaning ’ice on water’. It must have been a pretty cold winter when they came to the area!
  2. The building that became the Blackall Cinema in 1956 was first erected as an aircraft hangar in Townsville during World War II and was used by the US Air Force. After the war it was dismantled and re-erected at Peak Downs as a workshop, then relocated to Blackall by truck and rail. The Cinema housed rural Queensland’s first internet cafe in the late 1990s.
  3. Blackall’s first graveyard was located near the corner of Shamrock & Clematis St. Today they would nearly be in the centre of the town. The graves were relocated in 1844-1886 during street improvements.
  4. The family of W G Perry started their circus from Northampton Downs in outback Queensland in 1885, later assuming the promotional name of Eroni Brothers. Elephants even raced in the streets of Blackall in the 1960s.Elephant Races in Blackall
  5. Like most outback communities,  Blackall’s residents have always had a keen thirst.  In 1875 Blackall had a population of only 45, which apparently justified the establishment of two hotels – O’Malley’s & Desmond’s. Today the population of around 900 isn’t quite as thirsty, but we still manage to support the town’s two hotels, the Barcoo and the Union
  6. Jumping horses? no – goats in Blackall – in 1905 Roy Dunn set a world record for jumping 3’6” on his goat Nugget. An image of Roy and Nugget is proudly displayed on his head stone at the Blackall Cemetery. 

Goats at the Blackall Woolscour

You can meet a goat or two out at the Blackall Woolscour – we aren’t  100% sure they are Nugget’s descendants – but they could be!

  • The first ever car to roll into town was a Napier driven by the local medico, Dr Hewer way back in 1907.
  •  Barcaldine and the Tree of Knowledge are synonymous with the Labor Party, however, the first meeting that led to the first shearers’ union was actually held in Blackall in December 1886. This group later became the Australian Labor Party. Bill Kewley, a Blackall resident, was appointed as secretary of the Queensland Shearers Union in 1887.
  • Politician, Pauline Hanson  married Walter Zagorski in the Presbyterian Church in Blackall on January 2, 1971.  Bet you didn’t know that one!

Have you been to Blackall? What did you learn while you were there?

Tambo – Did you Know?

Tambo Dam

Tambo is the oldest town in central western Queensland, originally gazetted in 1864. But that’s not our only claim to fame! Tambo is a town steeped in history and we are well known for punching above our weight (well, size!).

And here’s 10 things you probably don’t know about this little outback town.

  1. Tambo is where QANTAS’ first and only recorded fatal crash occurred. Both the pilot and his two passengers are buried over in the town’s cemetery.
  2. The Tambo district is literally the rooftop of Queensland. Home to the headwaters of 5 different catchment areas! Lake Eyre, Fitzroy River Basin, Murray-Darling River Basin, Burdekin River Basin and Bulloo River Basin.
  3. The mighty Barcoo River has its origins in the Tambo district AND has two of its very own species of fish. The Barcoo River Rainbow Fish and the Barcoo Grunter.
  4. Tambo has some pretty close ‘Royal’ connections. There is at least one Tambo Teddy in three Royal homes, and even more in the homes of dignitaries all around the world.
  5. Who ever heard of racing chickens? Who would have ever thought of racing chickens? Well, Ben did and you can enjoy Chicken Racing from May through to October in Tambo.
  6. Tambo is halfway between Mount Isa and Brisbane, just perfect for an overnighter! Stay over in motel, hotel or camper accommodation and call into one of our two watering holes for a meal and ‘refreshments’.
  7.  The oldest town in the west, we had the first post and telegraph building and the first courthouse. Our courthouse took ten years to build ( 1887 to 1897) and cost £1068. No wonder it’s still standing!
  8. The Tambo dam was built using horse drawn scoops in 1880. The Dam met the town’s needs for a while but the town’s supply was secured when an artesian bore was sunk in 1895. Several bores later, the town still relies on the Great Artesian Basin for its water supply.
  9. Tambo water has a very high iron content, residents have to take care when watering or they can end up with very rusty, orange walls. Great for gardening though, Tambo is well known for its beautiful rose bushes.
  10. The oldest licensed site for a hotel in the west is Tambo’s own Royal Carrangarra Hotel.  The current building was built in 1954 after the pub was burnt down for the third time.

Have you visited Tambo? What did you discover while in town?

Tambo Campdraft

Tambo Campdraft


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.