Population 346

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.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Arthur St; (07) 4654 6133


Nearby national parks

  • Carnarvon National Park

    Tucked away in this vast, rambling park in Queensland’s Central Highlands is the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Boasting towering white...more

  • Idalia National Park

    Set in the Gowan Range in central western Queensland, Idalia National Park is a dry, remote wilderness. Although the park encompasses the...more

Nearby towns

  • Blackall

    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...more

  • Charleville

    Charleville is in the heart of mulga country on the banks of the Warrego River and at the centre of a rich sheep and cattle district. By the...more

  • 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

In Town

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 km

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

Nogoa River camping area (bush camping) 96 km

This bush camping site in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park is for entirely self-sufficient campers. Orange-barked yellow-jacket trees and beautiful wildflower displays are some of the highlights of... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Tambo Mill Motel and Caravan Park 1 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

Blackall Caravan Park 94 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

Rest areas around town

Tambo park area

At Tambo

Overlooking a lake on the south side of town.

Stubby Bend camping area 1 km

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.

Barcoo River camping area 95 km

At Blackall

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.

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