Blackall is west of the Great Dividing Range in sheep and cattle country, and was home to the legendary sheep-shearer Jackie Howe. In 1892 he set the record of shearing 321 sheep with blade shears in less than eight hours at Alice Downs Station.
145a Shamrock St, Ram Park; (07) 4657 4637
Nearby national parks
Fossilised tree stump: preserved tree stump estimated to be possisbly 225 million years old; Shamrock St.
Major Mitchell Memorial Clock: commemorates the founding of Blackall in 1846; Shamrock St.
The Black Stump: the reference point used when the area was surveyed in 1886. Beautiful mural painting of the stump at the site; Thistle St.
Jackie Howe Memorial: statue of the legendary shearer who holds the record for shearing 321 sheep in 7 hrs 40 min; Shamrock St.
Historic Ram Park: incorporates the living history of the Blackall district, with shearing occuring all year-round; Shamrock St.
Pioneer Bore: first artesian bore sunk in Qld, with display of replica drilling plant; Aqua St.
Idalia National Park Renowned habitat of the yellow-footed rock-wallaby, which can be spotted at Emmet Pocket Lookout (which also has amazing panoramic views) or along the Bullock Gorge walking track. A self-guide drive begins at the information centre, 12 km beyond the park entrance. (07) 4652 7333; 70 km SW on Yaraka Rd; at Benlidi siding turn south.
Blackall Wool Scour:
Blackall Wool Scour:restored steam-driven wool-processing plant with demonstrations of machinery (steam operating May–Sept only); Evora Rd; 4 km N.
Campsites around town
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Barcaldine Tourist Park 97 kmAbout 1.5 km from the centre of town on Box St (Matilda Hwy), this tourist park with drive-through grassy sites has an excellent range of facilities including wireless internet, and free use of the washing machines and... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
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Barcaldine Tourist Park 97 kmA newer park on the southern outskirts of town, this park is easily accessible from the Matilda Highway. It has good facilities and offers free billy tea and damper in the tourist season. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more
Rest areas around town
On the banks of the Barcoo River 300m south-west of the highway via Isisford Rd.
Blackall South rest area 10 km
91km NE of Tambo (L) or 10km S of Blackall (R)
Adjacent to the highway near a few trees.
Douglas Ponds rest area 20 km
23km N of Blackall (L) or 84km S of Barcaldine (R)
Secluded area well off the highway among some trees.
Barcoo River rest area 39 km
58km NW of Tambo (R) or 43km SE of Blackall (L)
Just off the highway at a bridge.
Clover Hills rest area 71 km
78km N of Blackall (R) or 29km S of Barcaldine (L)
Adjacent to the highway.
MacFarlane rest area 75 km
24km NE of Tambo (R) or 77km SW of Blackall (L)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
T/O 102km N of Blackall (L) or 5km S of Barcaldine (R)
Secluded area among trees on the banks of the Alice River. Located 9km (partly unsealed) west of the highway via Isisford Rd.
Stubby Bend camping area 95 km
T/O at Tambo
Secluded area on the banks of the Barcoo River, 1km north-east of Tambo via Alpha Rd.
Tambo park area 95 km
Overlooking a lake on the south side of town.
85km W of Jericho (R) or 2km E of Barcaldine (L)
Just off the highway among a few trees.
What's on around town
Heartland Festival: May.
Christmas in July: July.
Flower Show: Sept.
Springtime Affair: celebration of the season; Sept.