Blackwater is west of Rockhampton in the Capricorn region and is known as the coal capital of Queensland. The coal is transported directly from coalmines south of town to Gladstone by train. The name 'Blackwater' is not a reference to the effects of mining operations, however, but comes from the discolouration of local waterholes caused by tea trees.
Central Highlands Regional Council, McKenzie St; (07) 4980 5555.
Nearby national parks
Japanese Garden complex This ornate traditional Japanese garden was constructed over 8 months in 1998. It symbolises the relationship Blackwater shares with its sister town Fujisawa in Japan. The complex also houses the newly opened Blackwater International Coal Centre, which has interactive and interpretive touch-screen displays, a cinema screening films on coal mining and a cafe. There is also a craft shop and information centre that was once the town station. Capricorn Hwy.
Lions Park:displays the flags of 37 nations to commemorate the nationality of every worker on the coalmines. In terms of size and variety, the display is second only to that of the United Nations' building in New York; Capricorn Hwy to the west of town.
Helicopter flights over Blackwater Coal Mine: see the mine in action; details from visitor centre.
Blackdown Tableland National Park This national park offers spectacular scenery over mountains and lowlands, including some beautiful waterfalls. It is the traditional home of the Ghungalu people, whose stencil art can be seen on the 2.8 km Mimosa Culture Track. Walk through to Rainbow Falls Gorge and swim in rockpools. (07) 4986 1964; 30 km E to turnoff.
Bedford Weir:dam excellent for fishing; 20 km N.
Comet: in town is the Leichhardt Dig Tree, where the explorer buried letters and marked the tree 'dig'; 30 km W.
Eco-friendly activities around town
Campsites around town
Munall camping area 33 kmAlso known as Mimosa Creek, this camping area is 8 km from the park entrance and can be reached with a conventional vehicle. There are 16 numbered sites with a maximum of 6 people per site, ideal for camping beside your... Find out more
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Caravan parks around town
What's on around town
May Day Festival: May.
World Dingo Trap Throwing Competition: July.
Craft Fair and Art Exhibition: regional arts and crafts exhibit; Oct.