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Blackall

Blackall is where shearing legend, Jack Howe, set a world record shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and forty minutes with blade shears. It actually took another 58 years before anyone could match his feat and that was with machine shears.

The Blackall Woolscour, an historic wool washing plant which operated on steam from 1908 to 1978, is believed to be the only complete operation of its kind left in Australia, with the original steam machinery still in place. Outback characters bring the halls to life as they take you on a tour of the woolscour.

Blackall was named after Sir Samual Blackall, Queensland’s second Governor, and was discovered in 1846 by explorer Thomas Mitchell. Blackall is the home of the original Black Stump, which is the exact centre of a meridian square used by surveyors to align the borders of Queensland back in 1887.

In 1885 Blackall was the first town to start drilling an artesian bore. Today, visitors can relax, refresh and revive in the soothing artesian waters of the Blackall Aquatic Centre.

Activites and Experiences at Blackall

  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Accommodation
  • Airport QantasLink.
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities Westpac, Commonwealth, National Australia Bank, Pioneer Permanent.
  • Chemist
  • Coach Stop Greyhound Australia service daily.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale Many EFTPOS outlets.
  • Fuel
  • Hospital One hospital with public and private services.
  • Mechanical Services Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ).
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park Idalia National Park.
  • Police
  • Rail Terminal Freight only.
  • Restaurant
  • Supermarket Wide variety of goods and services available.
  • Visitor Centres Blackall Visitor Information Centre, Shamrock Street.
  • Places of Worship
  • Adventure
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Educational
  • Farm/Station
  • Fishing Blackall is on the banks of the Barcoo River, which is renowned for its fishing.
  • Historic/Heritage
  • National Park Idalia National Park.
  • Outback
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Soft Adventure
  • Water based Artesian spa at the Blackall Aquatic Centre.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Outback Queensland Tourism

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