Tambo Outback Rodeo 2021

Fast paced, exciting sports event involving horses and other livestock, designed to test the skill and speed of the cowboys and cowgirls.

Features of the event will be the Open Bull and Bronc Rides, with a  Mini Bull event for the kids.

Local Rodeo with loads of action from Bulls, Broncs and Barrels with entertainment into the Night.


Tambo Teddy Bears Picnic

Head to the home of the famous Tambo Teddies for their annual teddy bears Christmas in July picnic; a fun filled family day.
Bears and their owners are invited to visit Tambo to join in the fun of country games, music and mayhem of the teddy bear parade and teddy bear challenges. And for adventurous teddy bears, a flight from the teddy bear catapult. There will be rides, market stalls and plenty of entertainment for young and old.

Tambo Polocrosse

Tambo Polocrosse

2021 annual Tambo Annual multi-horse Polocrosse Carnival.

Exciting games of quality fast paced Polocrosse played between teams from allover Queensland. Bar & meals all weekend, free camping.

Anticipation- Local artists exhibition

Grassland Art Gallery

Join the communities of Blackall and Tambo to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of works by  local artists at the Grassland Art Gallery, Tambo.

This exhibition will feature a wide array of media; acrylic, sculpture, oils, woodwork and metalwork. Each year the local community look forward to this display with much ANTICIPATION.

Official opening Saturday June 5th at 12.00pm.

$20 per person, lunch included.

Barcoo Beef Challenge

Barcoo Beef Challenge Awards Evening

Join us for live entertainment & dinner under the stars. Enjoy a three course meal as we announce the winners of the 2021 Feedlot Challenge!

MC:  Ben Dobbin

Guest Speaker: Shane Webcke

Cash Bar operating

Our Colourful Station Life by Ruth Chaplain

Ruth Chaplain Grassland Art Gallery

Mother, wife, farmer and artist, Ruth Chaplain’s life on a cattle station outside of Cloncurry, North Queensland  is the inspiration for her art.

Every artwork is an evolution of colours, creating depth, light and shadows through layering of unreal hues. Her art has a distinctive sense of light and fun.

Opening on Friday March 26th.

Finger food and bar – $10 per person.

Australia Day – Tambo 2021

Australia Day 2021 in Tambo will be held at the Tambo Aquatic Centre commencing at 4pm

Presentations, Free BBQ, BYO drinks.

It’s all about the Food in Tambo

Eating out in Tambo

It’s all about the food in Tambo.

Tambo cooks have the reputation as the best cooks around, very adaptable, able to make a feast from very limited ingredients. Our country cooks excel and produce some of the best food in our local cafes, hotels and eateries. Take a culinary journey through Tambo, we have your food needs covered day and night.

Enjoy a large country cooked breakie with all the works at Fanny Maes Cafe. Bacon, eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns, the works with toast and coffee, wholesome food that will start your day off well.

Breakfast in Tambo

There is nothing better than a scone for smoko. At Cindy’s Coffee and Gifts homemade scones are a must have and they are best served topped with some locally made raspberry jam.

Lunchtime looming? There are plenty of options in both towns. In Tambo, Fanny Maes has a range of burgers, wraps and toasted sandwiches, all can be ordered with a side of crunchy chips while at Cindy’s you can enjoy a range of light lunch options including sandwiches, quiche and salads.

Quiche and salad in Tambo

The Pie Hole at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel produces the most delicious pies. Open from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm, both sweet and savoury options are available. It’s pie time any time – right?

Pie Hole Tambo

Evening meals are available seven nights a week. The Royal Carrangarra has a standard menu  of different steak and parmigiana options but also has a nightly special ranging from Chinese, mexican tacos, burgers and pizzas.

Just up the road, the Tambo Tavern presents a full menu with very generous serving sizes. All cooked in the Hotel’s kitchen and delivered to your table. Patrons rave about the meals, and take away options are also available.

Of course, if you don’t want to eat out while you are on the road, you can stock up on groceries  at Tambo Foodworks and meat from the Tambo Butchery. If you want to try to cook like a Tambo local, cook books can be purchased at the Grassland Art Gallery.

One thing is most definitely for certain, you won’t go hungry in Tambo!

Blackall-Tambo- an Epic Drive

Drive to Tambo and Blackall

Heading west from Rocky?

Start your epic drive into the Blackall-Tambo region in Springsure. Travel the unsealed Tambo-Springsure Rd and cross the Great Dividing Range. Perfect for the 4WD enthusiast or the adventurous caravanner prepared to travel at a very leisurely pace.

Take a side trip into Salvator Rosa National Park and enjoy the clear, crystal waters from the Mitchell Springs which flow into the Nogoa River. This wild and rugged area has it own natural, raw beauty, vast cliff lines and deep gorges  open up to vistas of some of the richest grazing lands in Queensland.

A drive must have a destination, and Tambo is the spot to stop. Spend a day or two discovering the oldest town in the west. Soak up the history and the heritage, get back to nature along the banks of the mighty Barcoo, discover art work created by talented locals at the Grassland Art Gallery and meet some famous teddy bears at Tambo Teddies. Feeling energetic? There are plenty of self-guided walks and a range of outdoor exercise equipment is located at the Tambo Dam.

Coolibah Walk Tambo

Pull up a stump and set up camp for the night at Stubby Bend. Spend a while enjoying an ale or two with your fellow campers, but make sure you head into town before 5 pm to pick a winner in Ben’s Chicken Races at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel.

Continuing your epic drive, why not have a rest day halfway between Blackall and Tambo along the Matilda Way. Cross the Barcoo River at the Karlgoonah Bridge about 55 kms from Tambo. Located on the river bank, surrounded by towering gum trees is a free camp and picnic spot. Great spot to spend a day relaxing, reading and resting.

Drive on to Blackall and call into the Visitor Information Centre to discover all there is to see and do in town. Pop into Ram Park and join Stewie, a former stockman for a tour and demonstration of bush craft and stockman’s skills. Continue uncovering the past with a trip out to the Historic Blackall Woolscour, the only fully intact stem-powered wool washing plant left in Australia.

Blackall Woolscour Blackall

A dip in Blackall’s hot artesian spa at the end of the day will allow you to rest, relax and revive after your drive.  Time your trip to be in town on a Thursday so you can spend your morning at the Blackall Saleyards. Get a bird’s eye view of an action pack cattle sale from the purpose built viewing deck nestled among the shady fig trees.

Continue the history lessons with visits to the Black Stump, Jack Howe Gallery, the Bushman’s Gallery and a stroll along Shamrock St. Known as the arts capital of the central west, Blackall’s outdoor art gallery is well worth a drive around.

Drive Blackall-Tambo

Come for a drive, take an epic road trip and discover all there is on offer in the Blackall-Tambo region.


Travelling with the Family?

Wild and Woolly Tambo Family

Heading out west with the family? Younger travelers are well catered for in both Blackall and Tambo.

In the centre of Tambo, EE Parr Park is the perfect place to burn off some energy after being cooped up in the car. An enclosed playground with climbing frames, swings and see-saws caters for the littlies, while a basket ball court and skate park will keep the teenagers amused.

If you’re hitting town around lunchtime, pull up at the Tambo Dam Park. There’s plenty of space to run around and you can have your very own sausage sizzle on the free BBQs. In summertime when the dam is full, it’s a great place for the family to have swim and enjoy water activities if you bring a canoe or a tinny along with you. Between September and April, you can cool off in the Tambo pool, entry is FREE and the pool is open daily from 3.30 pm.

Up the road in Blackall the pool is open all year round. Perfect for families,  the beach edge is just perfect for toddlers to paddle in the water. There is plenty of space for the older kids too. If a swim is not in the plan, Banks Park, along the main drag, has swings, slides and jungle gyms. Another great lunch stop, there’s plenty of shade and free BBQs.

Blackall swimming pool

Ram Park is a must visit for families, providing the kids with a glimpse of what life was like in days gone by. There are certainly no iPads or computers in the old Yalleroi Schoolhouse!

Make sure you pack the kids scooters or skate boards, Blackall has a large undercover skate bowl in the park beside the old town hall in Short St, pretty much centre of town.

While in the region,  capture the memories, take a few family snaps at the Roly Poly, Wild’n’Woolly, the People’s Sign and the only Teddy Bear Crossing sign in Australia.

Tambo Teddies Crossing Sign

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