Tambo is the oldest town in central-western Queensland. It was established in the mid-1860s to service the surrounding pastoral properties, which it continues to do today. This long history can be seen in the heritage buildings on Arthur Street.
Council offices, Arthur St; (07) 4654 6133
Nearby national parks
Old Post Office Museum: display of historic photographs; Arthur St.
Tambo Teddies Workshop: produces popular all-wool teddies; Arthur St.
Coolibah Walk: nature walk along banks of the Barcoo River.
Carnarvon National Park, Salvator Rosa section One of the more remote sections of the park, Salvator Rosa is a perfect spot to escape the crowds. The attractive Nogoa River and Louisa Creek flow through the valley. See the spectacular rock formations, Belinda Springs and other natural attractions on the self-guided trail, which starts at the Nogoa River camping area. (07) 4984 4505; 130 km E. Mt Moffatt section: see Mitchell. Gorge section: see Roma. Ka Ka Mundi section: see Springsure.
Wilderness Way:a 420 km self-guided drive including Aboriginal rock art, historic European settlement sites and the Salvator Rosa section of the Carnarvon National Park. Check road conditions before departing; brochure available from council office.
Campsites around town
Barcoo Riverside Camp 95 kmCaravan-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
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Caravan parks around town
Blackall Caravan Park 94 kmEasily 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
Rest areas around town
Overlooking a lake on the south side of town.
T/O at Tambo
Secluded area on the banks of the Barcoo River, 1km north-east of Tambo via Alpha Rd.
MacFarlane rest area 21 km
24km NE of Tambo (R) or 77km SW of Blackall (L)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
Barcoo River rest area 56 km
58km NW of Tambo (R) or 43km SE of Blackall (L)
Just off the highway at a bridge.
Coolabri rest area 74 km
36km N of Augathella (R) or 80km S of Tambo (L)
Just off the highway among a few trees.
Blackall South rest area 85 km
91km NE of Tambo (L) or 10km S of Blackall (R)
Adjacent to the highway near a few trees.
On the banks of the Barcoo River 300m south-west of the highway via Isisford Rd.
What's on around town
Tambo Stock Show: Apr.
Day/Night Rodeo: Oct.
Market Day: Dec.