Nestled on the banks of the mighty Barcoo, Blackall’s friendly locals always give visitors a warm welcome.replacenewlinereplacenewlineLiterally growing on the sheep’s back, Blackall became a thriving outback township in the early years. Today, you can discover the region’s wool heritage at the Historic Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining scour in Australia, a virtual living museum, where friendly volunteers can take you on an intimate guided tour through the complex.replacenewlinereplacenewline replacenewlinereplacenewlineBlade shearer Jack Howe put Blackall on the map in 1892 at nearby Alice Downs Station, when he set a world record by shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes. It took another 58 years before anyone matched this feat and this was by machine shears. Jack Howe is memorialised in a bronze sculpture that can be viewed when wandering along the Shamrock Stroll, a historical walk around the town.replacenewlinereplacenewlineBlackall has the reputation as the Arts Capital of the West, boasting an outdoor gallery of public artworks created by local and well renowned artists, which range from scrap metal sculptures, wool carvings and hand-painted murals to large bronze depictions of the town’s most famous.replacenewlinereplacenewlineThe first artesian bore in the outback was drilled in Blackall in 1885 and today visitors can rest, relax and revive in the natural artesian waters at the Blackall Aquatic Centre’s thermal spa and swimming pool.replacenewlinereplacenewlineBlackall is the home of the Black Stump which was used for surveying purposes and permanently marks the original Astro Station established in 1887. Anything west of this point is said to be ‘beyond the black stump’.

Images around Blackall QLD 4472

Around Blackall QLD 4472

Our Picks on what to Do in Blackall QLD

Idalia National Park QLD

The Black Stump

Ram Park

Blackall Woolscour

Five Mile

Our Picks on where to Stay in Blackall QLD

Blackall Caravan Park

Barcoo River Camp (Blackall)

Barcoo Hotel

Acacia Motor Inn Blackall

Our Picks on what to Eat in Blackall QLD

Union Hotel

Schluter's Bakery

The Lodge On Hawthorn

Shopping in Blackall QLD

Community Services  

Blackall Visitor Information Centre QLD
108A Shamrock Street,

Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
6 Coronation Drive,

Blackall Station - Blackall QLD
Violet Street,

Blackall Hospital
Shamrock Street,

Blackall Library
108 Shamrock St,

Blackall Aquatic Centre - QLD
1 Salvia Street,

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 284
  • Population: 1416
  • State electorate(s): Gregory
  • Federal Division(s): Flynn
  • Established (yr): 1868
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Barcaldine QLD 4725 (108 km, 1 hr 11 mins)
Tambo QLD 4478 (101 km, 1 hr 6 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Blackall QLD is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.