Blackall Wool Scour, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 1160

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.

Visitor Information

145a Shamrock St, Ram Park; (07) 4657 4637

Nearby national parks

  • Idalia National Park

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  • Carnarvon National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Tambo

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  • Barcaldine

    This pastoral and rail town is located some 100 kilometres east of Longreach. Known as the ‘Garden City of the West’, it was the...more

  • Isisford

    Isisford is a small outback community south of Longreach. In the mid-1800s large stations were established in the area. This brought...more

In Town

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: restored steam-driven wool-processing plant with demonstrations of machinery (steam operating May–Sept only); Evora Rd; 4 km N.

Campsites around town

Barcoo Riverside Camp

Caravan-based campers with self-contained facilities can use the clearing on the northern side of the Barcoo River, about 500 m from the centre of Blackall. All visitors must register at the information centre on... Find out more

Monks Tank camping area (bush camping) 96 km

Monks Tank has a clearing for self-sufficient, camping with permits available from a self-registration station. To reach Idalia National Park, follow Isisford Rd from Blackall for 42 km then turn left onto Yaraka Rd. At... Find out more

Barcaldine Tourist Park 97 km

About 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

Blackall Caravan Park 1 km

Easily accessible from the Landsborough (Matilda) Highway, the park is just a short walk from the town centre. It is popular during the winter tourist season, offering camp-oven meals each evening. Bookings are required... Find out more

Tambo Mill Motel and Caravan Park 95 km

Well-located right in the heart of the main street of Tambo, this park is just a few years old and has great amenities. Everywhere in town is walking distance and the complex has a restaurant. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Barcaldine Tourist Park 97 km

A 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

Barcoo River camping area

At Blackall

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.

Lloyd Jones Weir camping area 89 km

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

At Tambo

Overlooking a lake on the south side of town.

Barcaldine East rest area 98 km

85km W of Jericho (R) or 2km E of Barcaldine (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Show: May.

Campdraft: May.

Heartland Festival: May.

Christmas in July: July.

Flower Show: Sept.

Springtime Affair: celebration of the season; Sept.

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