Visit Blackall-Tambo

Coolibah Walk

  • Dawson Developmental Road, Tambo, 4478

Take a stroll along the banks of the mighty Barcoo River.

Starting at the picturesque Tambo Dam, just follow the gravelled pathway which meanders along the river bank on the northern side and loops back into town.
The river flows well after the wet season and then dries to waterholes along its bed as the dry season takes hold of the land. The river with its many swimming holes and fishing spots has been and continues to be part of the Tambo way of life.
If you take the walk in the early morning or evening you will marvel at the birdlife that can be found in these shaded areas.
The walk is well sign posted and you will find waterholes which have played a major part in Tambo’s history. The Garden Hole once provided water for the Chinese gardeners who kept the Tambo community supplied in fresh fruit and vegetables. Sand Bank was and still is a favourite fishing spot.
On a small deviation from the walk you will come across the memorial to the Qantas Crash Site. The plane was a DH9C bi-plane which was on a regular run from Charleville to Cloncurry was supposed to of landed on the claypan which served as the airstrip however it was seen to dive suddenly into the ground.
The final waterhole on the walk Rocky Crossing was used for official school swimming carnivals before the Tambo pool was built. Today, it is a popular swimming hole amongst the young people of Tambo, and although the town pool is well used the river’s swimming holes continue to be a highlight of the long hot summers.
Take a picnic and enjoy a peaceful adventure on the banks of the mighty Barcoo.

Location: Tambo