Blackall is an appealing country town, nestled on the banks of the mighty Barcoo River. Blackall’s locals always give visitors a warm welcome and the town offers a quiet and relaxed outback lifestyle ideal for those who want to experience a close-knit community.
An attractive township with tree lined streets, Blackall has a population of approximately 980 residents. Access to copious quantities of artesian water and a temperate climate allows residents to grow lush gardens and expansive lawns creating an oasis in the Outback. The benefits of the town’s mineral waters can be experienced at the Blackall Aquatic Centre, the spacious 20-seat Spa is a popular spot for a soak in the soothing warm waters.
If you prefer to swim some laps, there is also a 50 metre Olympic size pool. Walk-in access and a disabled lift ensures everyone can enjoy the benefits of the artesian water. It’s the best place for a refreshing dip in a surprising oasis.
Literally growing on the sheep’s back, Blackall became a thriving outback township in the early years. Today, only a handful of properties are still running sheep but the region’s connections with the wool industry are celebrated by the key visitor attractions, the historic Blackall Woolscour, Ram Park along with the town’s notable link to champion shearer Jack Howe. Today the cattle industry is thriving and visitors can get a glimpse of the scale of this industry at the Blackall Saleyards, where over 120,000 cattle are sold each year.
If you’ve ever heard the saying ‘beyond the black stump’, get yourself to Blackall and see it for yourself. When pioneers were passing through the area, they declared that everything west of where they were (Blackall), was ‘beyond the black stump’. Legend has it ‘anyone who crosses the Barcoo River 10 times is here to stay.’
So it’s a must – come and see why ‘it’s better in Blackall’!