Blackall

Named after Sir Samuel Blackall, the second Governor of Queensland, Blackall is located on the Matilda Highway . The district was discovered in 1846 by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell and the township was gazetted in 1868; there is plenty of heritage and history to uncover.

Literally growing on the sheep's back, Blackall became a thriving outback township. You can discover all about the wool industry at the Historic Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining scour in Australia, a virtual living museum.

Blade shearer Jack Howe put Blackall on the map in 1892 at ‘Alice Downs’ when he set a world record by shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes. It actually took another 58 years before anyone could match this feat and that was by machine shears.

Blackall was the first Outback town to start drilling an artesian bore back in 1885, today visitors can rest, relax and revive in the natural artesian waters at the thermal spa and swimming pool at Blackall's Aquatic Centre.

Blackall is also the home of the Black Stump which was used for surveying purposes and permanently marks the original Astro Station established in 1887. Anything west of this point is said to be ‘beyond the black stump’.

Whether spending a long time or a short time, there is plenty to see and do in Blackall!

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Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Queensland
Australia

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Free Entry
29 September – 23 October 2017
Now in its seventh year, nationally recognised Sculpture on the Edge is a contemporary three-dimensional (3D) exhibition presented by Arts Connect Inc. in the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland from September 29 to October 23.

Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

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Free Entry
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Spot the scarecrow in Mary Valley Country, South East Queensland, every year in October! The annual festival encourages people to plan a day out in Mary Valley Country, and see if they can find the variety of serious and not so serious straw creations along the way.

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Free Entry
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Heath Franklin's 'Chopper' in All Killer - Nambour

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From AU$36.00 - 36.00
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From AU$49 - 85
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From AU$32.00 - 32.00
27 October 2017
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28 October 2017
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Imbil, Gympie Area
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Festival of Small Halls Queensland Summer Tour 2017

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