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.


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.

It’s all about the Food in Tambo

Eating out in Tambo

It’s all about the food in Tambo.

Tambo cooks have the reputation as the best cooks around, very adaptable, able to make a feast from very limited ingredients. Our country cooks excel and produce some of the best food in our local cafes, hotels and eateries. Take a culinary journey through Tambo, we have your food needs covered day and night.

Enjoy a large country cooked breakie with all the works at Fanny Maes Cafe. Bacon, eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns, the works with toast and coffee, wholesome food that will start your day off well.

Breakfast in Tambo

There is nothing better than a scone for smoko. At Cindy’s Coffee and Gifts homemade scones are a must have and they are best served topped with some locally made raspberry jam.

Lunchtime looming? There are plenty of options in both towns. In Tambo, Fanny Maes has a range of burgers, wraps and toasted sandwiches, all can be ordered with a side of crunchy chips while at Cindy’s you can enjoy a range of light lunch options including sandwiches, quiche and salads.

Quiche and salad in Tambo

The Pie Hole at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel produces the most delicious pies. Open from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm, both sweet and savoury options are available. It’s pie time any time – right?

Pie Hole Tambo

Evening meals are available seven nights a week. The Royal Carrangarra has a standard menu  of different steak and parmigiana options but also has a nightly special ranging from Chinese, mexican tacos, burgers and pizzas.

Just up the road, the Tambo Tavern presents a full menu with very generous serving sizes. All cooked in the Hotel’s kitchen and delivered to your table. Patrons rave about the meals, and take away options are also available.

Of course, if you don’t want to eat out while you are on the road, you can stock up on groceries  at Tambo Foodworks and meat from the Tambo Butchery. If you want to try to cook like a Tambo local, cook books can be purchased at the Grassland Art Gallery.

One thing is most definitely for certain, you won’t go hungry in Tambo!

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.


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!


Tambo Races

Tambo Races

Racing Queensland has advised all race meetings across the state will be conducted without patrons until further notice. 

Country Racing at its best!
The Tambo Cup Races is an annual event presented by the oldest Race Club west of the Great Dividing Range.

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.