Blackall Tourism & Travel
Located in high country, Blackall is some 1000km northwest of Brisbane situated some 284 metres above sea level.
Blackall - History
Major Thomas Mitchell arrived in the Blackall area in 1846 as he explored Queensland and he named the area for the second Governor of Queensland, Sir Samuel Blackall. When the Blackall area was surveyed for the government in 1886, a black tree stump was used to steady the theodolite as they measured the longitude and latitudes. 'Beyond the black stump' has been used since then to denote a remote outback Australian location. Blackall was the home of legendary Australian sheep-shearer, Jackie Howe who set the Australian blade shears record of shearing 321 sheep in less than eight hours in 1892, at Alice Downs Station north of Blackall.
Blackall - Today
Blackall is a quintessential country town; trees run the centre of the main street; with lots of proper Australian pubs and the lazy country aura air is in keeping with its location.
Blackall - Attractions
The Major Mitchell Memorial Clock commemorates the founding of Blackall in 1846. See the actual Black Stump, which was the reference point, used when area was surveyed in 1886 and the Blackall Pioneer Bore that was first artesian bore sunk in Queensland. Try drinkable water straight from the bowels of the earth at the local Aquatic Centre. Visit the Blackall Wool Scour, the last of 52 wool washing machines, now restored see demonstrations of the steam-driven wool-processing machinery.
Blackall - Nearby Attractions
The Idalia National Park is nearby to Blackall and is a renowned habitat of the yellow-footed rock wallaby, which can be spotted at Emmet Pocket Lookout or along the Bullock Gorge walking track.