The Blackall Woolscour
At the Blackall Woolscour you can see the engineering achievements and determination of Australia’s wool merchants on a tour of the last steam-powered wool washing plant left intact in the country. For visitors, it’s a chance to discover the magic of steam at work and gain a fascinating insight into the way the wool-washing plant operated during its working life, from 1908 – 1978. Each tour is personally guided by one of Blackall’s resident tour guides. Along with many fascinating displays and an extensive souvenir shop, you can relax and enjoy the quiet outback scenery while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. The facility also has picnic facilities, and visitors can take a self-guided walk around the grounds, including the old shearers’ quarters and cookhouse. Please contact the museum for more information.
Blackall Aquatic Centre
The Blackall Aquatic Centre is a highlight of the Blackall area for visiting families, and is a great place for locals to visit on a hot day. At the centre there is an Olympic-length pool and artesian spa area. The water is heated all year round, to add to that feeling of bone-deep relaxation. The pool also has walk in access and a disabled lift. So whether you want to stretch out with a few training laps or let the spa soothe out the muscles while you sit back and do nothing, the Blackall Aquatic Centre is the place to go. Our coffees and homemade cake taste even better after a swim. The centre also contains a kiosk, changing rooms, toilets and showers.
Blackall Town Tour
Jack Howe - Jack Howe was a famous sheep shearer who lived and died in Blackall. In 1892, he shore a record of 321 sheep in 7 hours 40 minutes. He is buried in the local cemetery. A memorial statue is located in Shamrock Street outside the Universal Garden Centre. Inside the centre, various kinds of Jack Howe memorabilia can be seen.
Labour Federation Memorial - This is located on the median strip of Shamrock Street and commemorates the first meeting of the first shearers’ union in December 1886. This group later became the Australian Labour Party.
Fossilised tree stump - the fossilised tree stump in Shamrock Street opposite the Major Mitchell clock is a conifer and related to the hoop pines of today. The wood has been preserved by opalisation and silification and is either of the Mesozoic period (225,000,000 years ago) or the Tertiary period (1,000,000 years ago). The stump was found on a local property.
Major Mitchell Clock - The Thomas Mitchell Clock is located in the middle of Shamrock Street. Thomas Mitchell founded Blackall in 1846, and the Mitchell grasses are named after him.
The Black Stump, located behind the Barcaldine State School in Thistle Street, was used for surveying purposes and permanently marks the location of the original Astro Station established in 1887. Surveyors placed their theodolites on the stump for latitude and longitude observations. The stump was used rather than a set of legs because it gave more stability to the theodolites. This enabled the mapping of Queensland on a more accurate basis. It was considered at the time that country to the west of the Blackall was beyond the “Black Stump”.