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Blackall is a small remote rural community located 950 kilometres west of Brisbane in the heart of the Queensland Outback. A long history of cattle, sheep and wool production in the area and the town has flourished, with a few famous characters such as Jackie Howe who lived and worked in the region. Today, cattle production is the main staple industry, but the region has diversified into other industries. Cypress Pine sawmilling and tourism and the town is thriving.
The town of Blackall was first explored by Thomas Mitchell in 1846 and surveyed in 1887. In Australian mythology, the black stump has always loomed as beyond the black stump was ‘no man’s land’. In reality, and less romantic, the term originated from the initial surveyor who used the stump to place the theodolites on to establish the latitude and longitude observations as part of the survey. As folklore goes, country to the west of Blackall was considered to be ‘beyond the black stump’.
A visit to Blackall is a step back into history. The Black Palace artefacts are the largest group of Aboriginal drawings known to exist in Central Queensland and are located on Marston Station. In 1885 the Pioneer Bore was drilled and a replica of the stem operated percussion drilling rig is on display in town.
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Regular are events are held throughout the year such as Cent Sales and Dances by different organisations. Take advantage of the wide offerings by visiting the Blackall Visitors Bureau to see what is on.
A celebration of art and culture, the Blackall Heartland Festival is a commemoration of the land we live in. A dynamic and diverse collection of events ensures a wonderful family experience. The Festival theme changes each year but retaining a topical emphasis while retaining a few regular events each year such as the annual Art Show and Sale.
The Blackall Annual Anglican Flower Show is a kaleidoscope of colour in a gardener’s paradise. Enjoy the fashion parade, florifoto competition, Cent Sale, stalls and face painting. Fun for the whole faily, a kiddies korner and waterwise gardening stand by Desert Channels. Held in September by the Blackall Anglican Ladies Guild, an event not to be missed.
holidays - How to Get There
Both Qantas and Qantaslink provide flights to Blackall from Brisbane. Two flights on Monday and Wednesday, with one flight departing on Friday.