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Blackwater is a modern mining town located 190 kilometres west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway. The town’s name originated from the colour of the local water supply caused by the tea-trees. The highway brushes past the outskirts of Blackwater, so that you could almost miss it within only the motels and roadhouses visible along the highway. Hidden behind, is a town that was originally designed to hold 20,000 people.
The Blackwater Township is located on the original “Blackwater Run”, a pastoral block taken up by Henry Crew and Richard Lanyon in 1882. Blackwater was gazetted and laid out in 1886 and sale of land followed from December of that year. Significant properties taken up from 1886 were ‘Jellinbah’, ‘Curragh’, ‘Bonnie Doon’ and ‘Blackwater’, each playing noteworthy roles in the development of the coal industry.
Today, Blackwater is still known as a coal mining town and the majority of residents are employed in the mines and is known as the Coal Capital of Australia. The coal mines produce millions of tonnes of coking and steaming coal each year with exports around the world.
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Baralaba Saratoga Fishing Classic is held every September at Baralaba a small town 90 kilometres east of Blackwater. If you enjoy fishing, this is one you don’t want to get away. The Saratoga is also know as the Dawson River Barramundi and is a prize worth catching. If Saratoga is not your fish of choice, drop a line and try for some sleepy cod, yellow belly or a barramundi for your dinner table.
Explore North West of Blackwater and take a visit out to Capella. The Capella Camel Races are held every March and are a race day with a difference. Fancy yourself a winner? Why not register and become a Camel Jockey for the day? Enjoy the entertainment trackside with great family entertainment such as jumping castles, clown, dodgem cars, mechanical bull and fashion competitions and raffles. Staying late? Why not enjoy the fireworks with live music till midnight.
West of Blackwater, take in the Emerald Multicultural Festival held each September. Enjoy this celebration of cultural mixture in the Central Highlands area. A diverse range of entertainment is on offer, with music and dance from around the world and global cuisine. Do you like a tipple? Try some of the international beer and wine.
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Qantaslink service Blackwater Airport providing flights Sunday to Friday from Brisbane. Return flights from Blackwater to Brisbane are Monday to Friday.