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You’re invited...
                                                                           We’re inviting you to discover the real stories,
                                                                          the gems and characters that make our unique
                                                                           region so special. If you’re looking for a new
                                                                            place to explore, Blackall-Tambo has it all.

                                                                            When you come into our region you’ll feel welcomed by
                                                                          everyone. It doesn’t matter how you get here as long as you
                                                                               know there’s no shortage of things to see and do.
                                                                           Head our way, come and enjoy what we enjoy every day in

                                                                                              See you soon!

    04 How to get here
    06 Once you arrive
    08 It’s Better in Blackall
                                            CLOCKWISE FROM TOP
    11 Everything here is Totally Tambo     TAMBO DAM
                                            TAMBO TEDDIES CROSSING SIGN
    14 Back to Nature                       BLACKALL WOOLSCOUR
    15 Take a Drive
    16 Travelling with the Kids?
    17 Events Calendar
    18 Travel Directory

         Keep in touch...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                           when you land, Council operates a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           taxi service.
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                                                                                                                                                  Road key:         or, to reduce your time travel to      phone 0417 120 717
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Once you arrive...
    Our friendly Visitor Information Centre (VIC) team look
    forward to welcoming you to our region. Call in and have a
    chat, there is nothing like tapping into local knowledge to
    discover what there is to see and do.

           ur Visitor Information Centres   The VIC in Tambo is situated in
           are a ‘one stop shop’, stocked   one of the oldest buildings in
           full of helpful brochures,       town, the heritage listed Historical
    maps and great tourist information.     Courthouse. Located at the eastern
    Be sure to check onward journey         end of the town, there is ample
    road conditions with the team while     street parking for even the largest
    you’re there.                           rigs. Tambo is the oldest town in
                                            the west and the VIC is home to
    Both Tambo and Blackall VICs are
                                            the most magnificent quilt, the
    co-located with the towns’ libraries
                                            ‘Rhythm of Life’ created by local
    so ask about the Queensland Rural
                                            ladies to celebrate the town’s
    Libraries’ Tourist Card while there.
                                            sesquicentenary in 2013. Well
    Joining the library with a tourist
                                            worth a look, this quilt very cleverly
    card allows you to borrow books,
                                            tells the tale of the town from the
    audio books and magazines from
                                            earliest days of settlement.
    one library and return them to
    another within the network of sixty-                                                                      CLOCKWISE FROM TOP
    six libraries across the State.                                                                           VISITORS TO BLACKALL
                                                                                     BLACKALL VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE & LIBRARY
    Blackall Visitor Information Centre                                                                         TAMBO FIRE ENGINE
                                                                                        TAMBO VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE & LIBRARY
    is situated in the heart of town
    and there is plenty of parking just
                                              BLACKALL VISITOR
    around the corner in Short Street.
                                              INFORMATION CENTRE
    Inside this modern building the
                                              108 Shamrock St, Blackall
    counter is a major talking point.
                                              07 4657 4764
    Built from every timber imaginable
    from across the central west, it is                                                     Blackall & Tambo
    a veritable work of art. If you like      TAMBO VISITOR                                 Visitor Information Centres
    a bit of bush camping the Blackall        INFORMATION CENTRE
    VIC can take your registration and        9 Arthur St, Tambo
                                              07 4654 6408                              z Stay Connected – free WIFI
    payment for a site along the Barcoo
    River on the edge of town.                                                          z Rural Library Tourist Card
                                                                                        z Register for the Barcoo River Camp at
                                                                                          the Blackall VIC
                                                                                        z Call in for a map to find your way
                                                                                          around town
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It’s Better in Blackall                                                                                  Blackall’s Top Five
    Blackall is a charming outback town, nestled on the banks
    of the mighty Barcoo River. The close-knit community are                                                 Blackall’s                            the soothing mineral waters. If you

    proud of their town and enjoy sharing the region’s hidden                                                 Historical Woolscour                  prefer to swim some laps, there is
                                                                                                                                                    also a 50 metre Olympic size pool.
                                                                                                             Discover history in action at the
    gems with eager travellers.                                                                                                                     Walk-in access and a disabled lift
                                                                                                             Blackall Woolscour, Australia’s last
                                                                                                                                                    ensures everyone can enjoy the
                                                                                                             remaining steam operated wool

                                                                                                                                                    benefits of the artesian water.
          n attractive township             industry has replaced the wool                                   washing plant. Built in 1908 the
          with tree lined streets,          industry. You can get a glimpse of                               woolscour was deemed a state           Just the place to rest, relax and
          Blackall has a population         the scale of this industry at the                                of the art facility to prepare wool    revive after a day’s driving.
    of approximately 1,588 residents.       Blackall Saleyards, where over                                   for market. Its primary role was to
                                                                                                                                                    Check the website for
    Access to copious quantities of         120,000 cattle are sold each year.                               remove the lanolin, sweat residue,
                                                                                                                                                    opening times.
    artesian water and a temperate                                                                           dust and dirt from the fleece. It
    climate allows residents to grow        If you’ve ever heard the saying
                                                                                                             operated commercially under steam
    lush gardens and expansive lawns;       ‘beyond the black stump’, get
                                                                                                             power for 70 years.
                                                                                                                                                    Ram Park
    an oasis in the Outback.                yourself to Blackall and see it for                                                                     A visit to Ram Park is a must when
                                            yourself. When pioneers were                                     The Woolscour is located next          visiting Blackall. Under the watchful
    Literally growing on the sheep’s        passing through the area, they                                   to an artesian free-flowing bore,      eye of the big ram, the park is a
    back, Blackall began as a thriving      declared that everything west of                                 the source of ample hot water          collection of old buildings filled
    outback township. Today, only           where they were (Blackall), was                                  for scouring. Daily guided tours       with displays and stories that bring
    a handful of properties are still       ‘beyond the black stump’. Legend                                 run through the Woolscour by           Blackall’s colourful history to life.
    running sheep however the               has it ‘anyone who crosses the                                   enthusiastic volunteers over the
    link to the wool industry is still                                                                       tourist season (May – August).         Take a step back in time and visit
                                            Barcoo River 10 times is here
    strong. Visit the historic Blackall                                                                                                             the Navena Homestead, check
                                            to stay.’                                                        Guided tours operate on the hour,
    Woolscour, Ram Park and the                                                                                                                     out the Blackall Railway Station,
                                                                                                             every hour, starting at 9am with the   the rare surviving rail motor from
    memorial to shearing champion           So it’s a must – come and see why
                                                                                                             last tour departing at 4pm.            Blackall’s Queensland Ambulance
    Jack Howe. A thriving cattle            ‘it’s better in Blackall’!
                                                                                                                                                    Transport Brigade or take in a
                                                                                                             Blackall Aquatic                       lesson at the Yalleroi School House.
                                                                                                             Centre and Spa
                                                                                                                                                    Strolling through the grounds
                                                                                                             Locals have discovered another         visitors can visualise how the
                                                                                                             more relaxing use for their artesian   pioneers tried to tame the outback
                                                                                                             bore water. At the Blackall Aquatic
                                                                                                                                                    using a wide array of machinery.
                                                                                                             Centre and Spa you can unwind in
                                                                                      CLOCKWISE FROM TOP                                            Join Stewie, a former stockman for
                                                                                                             the artesian spa; its warm bubbling,
                                                                                  BLACKALL AQUATIC CENTRE                                           a tour of the park complete with
                                                                                       RAM PARK BLACKALL     therapeutic artesian waters are fed
                                                                                         THE PEOPLE’S SIGN
                                                                                                                                                    demonstrations of bush craft and
                                                                                                             by 58 degree bore water.
                                                                                      BLACKALL SALEYARDS                                            his stockmanship skills. Stewie
                                                                                                             The spacious 20-seat spa was           will regale you with a few tales of
                                                                                                             constructed in 2019 and is proving     Blackall and the region, some may
                                                                                                             to be a popular spot for a soak in     just be a bit taller than others.

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                                                                                                                                       Everything here is
          Blackall Saleyards                         Sculpture Trail
          Built around the mid-1970s the             If you like your art alfresco,
          Blackall saleyards was established         then you’ll love the Blackall
          as a structure to sell local cattle and
          has been in operation for many years.
                                                     Sculpture Trail.
                                                     Blackall is known as the Arts                                                     Totally Tambo
          Today the facility is the major selling    Capital of the West, and boasts
          centre in western Queensland,              an outdoor gallery of public                                                      Step back in time when you arrive in Tambo,
          sourcing cattle from northern and far      artworks created by local and well                                                enjoy the slower pace and all the history that
          western regions, in fact the Blackall      renowned artists.                                                                 the oldest town in the Central West has on offer.
          Saleyards are the only accredited
                                                     There’s an incredible sculpture of an
          organic yards in Queensland.

                                                     Eagle in its Nest made from railway
          Over 120,000 cattle pass through                                                                                                  ambo has a relaxed atmosphere and
                                                     dog spikes, timber and bolts from
          the yards each year. Recent                                                                                                       visitors are encouraged to wander around
                                                     an old bridge. Another is called
          refurbishments and the construction                                                                                               and enjoy a self-guided walk along the
                                                     The Roly Poly. Located just outside
          of a superb viewing platform enables                                                                                         banks of the Barcoo or around the town’s
                                                     of town the Roly Poly is all about
          visitors to the region to experience a                                                                                       historical buildings. Meet and chat with local
                                                     fun and makes for a great photo
          cattle sale first-hand.                                                                                                      volunteers at the town’s heritage Post and
                                                     on sunset. All up, there are nine
                                                                                                                                       Telegraph buildings where you can try
          Cattle sales are usually held every        unique sculptures along the trail.
                                                                                                                                       your hand at Morse code and learn
          second Thursday and you are                Each piece bares some significance
                                                                                                                                       of the town’s rich history.
          welcome to attend and experience           to the town’s cultural or natural
          all the noise and action of a live sale.   history. It’s definitely worth a look.                                            Take a picnic to the Tambo Dam
                                                                                                                                       where an abundance of birds will
                                                                                                          EDGAR TOWNER VC              keep you entertained with their
                                                                                                                                       antics. In the middle of town the
                                                                                                                                       EE Parr Park has a well-equipped
                                                                                                                                       picnic area with a playground popular
                                                                And there’s more, Don’t stop there,
                                                                                                                                       for little travellers needing to work off
                                                                while in town make sure you...                                         excess energy.
                                                                z Visit the Black Stump – and then go and cross the Barcoo
                                                                  River (only nine more times required!)                               Across from the park, the Grassland Art
                                                                                                                                       Gallery is well worth a visit. This contemporary
                                                                z Play a round of Golf with the locals – Thursday afternoons           art space showcases artworks from local and
                                                                  from 3pm                                                             regional artists. Exhibitions change every six
                                                                z Visit the Lost Art leathercraft and make your own fly swatter        to eight weeks so there is always something
                                                                                                                                       different to see.
                                                                z Call in for a coffee, cake and a healthy dose of antiquities at
                                                                  The Lodge on Hawthorn                                                A trip to the outback teddy bear capital is not
                                                                z Check out the collection of handcrafted buggies and wagons           complete without a visit to the Tambo
                                                                  on display in Mr & Mrs Behan’s garden on Salvia St                   Teddies workshop. Here you’ll be
                                                                                                                                       able to see and buy pure wool
                                                                                                                                       teddies made on site by talented
                                                                                                                                       Make time to wander the
                                                                                                                                       attractive main street. Nothing is
                                                                                        Top Photo Opp                                  too far away in this little township
                                                                                        Blackall’s famous Roly Poly                    and the attractions are all free.

                                                                                        What visitors have
                                                                                        to say about Blackall:
                                                                                        LOOOOOVE Blackall ! There are towns you          Top Photo Opp
                                                                                        visit and then towns you pass through.           Teddy’s Crossing Sign – the
                                                                                        Blackall is a destination. Fantastic town.!!     only one of its kind in Australia!
                                                                                        David Falck October 9th, 2019                    #TotallyTambo

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Tambo’s Top Five                                                                                                                    Ben will introduce each of the
                                                                                                                                         ‘girls’ and provide a summary
                                                                                                                                         of their current racing form. If
                                                                                                                                                                                    If you enjoy a nice stroll, then hit
                                                                                                                                                                                    the pathway that winds through
                                                                                                                                                                                    the trees and leads to an outdoor
                                                                                                                                         you can bid high enough at the             gym which is free for all to use. This
     Tambo Teddies                           rotating exhibition program
                                                                                                                                                                                    popular walkway connects with the
                                             of locally produced and                                                                     auction, you can own a brightly
     Who would ever think that a teddy                                                                                                   coloured chicken for the duration          nature walk, the Coolibah Walk,
     bear fit for royalty would have been    curated displays of diverse art
                                                                                                                                         of the race.                               which skirts the Barcoo River. Pull
     created in the tiny outback town        works by regional artists and
                                                                                                                                                                                    up, rest, relax and enjoy a break.
     of Tambo?                               touring exhibitions.                                                                        Eight hens will compete, chasing a
                                                                                                                                         little cart filled with tasty delicacies
     But these bears are not just for        A relaxing courtyard connects
                                                                                                                                         around the course for four laps
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tambo Heritage
     royalty, Tambo Teddies take pride       the Gallery and workshop spaces.
                                                                                                                                         before the champion chick crosses           Precinct
     of place in homes all over the world    Working with Cindy’s Coffee &                                                               the finish line.                           Discover stories of the oldest town
     and have made the little town of        Gifts (the next shop on the street),                                                                                                   in the west at Tambo’s Heritage
     Tambo (population some 611) the         board games with coffee and                                                                 Hilarious fun, but the best part is
                                                                                                                                                                                    Precinct. The buildings were
     ‘outback Teddy capital of Australia’.   cake delivered will be on offer in                                                          the chooks are auctioned off to
                                                                                                                                                                                    originally the town’s Post and
     Tambo Teddies has literally put         the courtyard in 2020. A haven to                                                           raise money for the Royal Flying
                                                                                                                                                                                    Telegraph Offices, and Tambo
     Tambo on the map!                       spend a few hours relaxing and                                                              Doctor Service.
                                                                                                                                                                                    played a vital role in the early
     You can find a soft and cuddly          playing board games with your                                                               Ben’s chickens race seven days a           telegraph system linking the north
     Bickie Bear for your newborn or a       travelling companions.                                                                      week from May through to October.          of Australia with the south.
     fully dressed Mr. Stockman teddy        A small shop in the gallery foyer                                                                                                      Kick back in a squatter’s chair to
     bear with his hat, swag and stock       stocks unique handcrafted goods
                                                                                                                                         Tambo Dam                                  listen to locals telling stories of the
     whip. Pop in and watch your bear        including pewter tableware, art                                                             At the southern end of Tambo, you’ll       town’s goats, telephone exchange,
     come to life as they are lovingly       cards, glass art and jewellery.                                                             find the Tambo Dam and parklands.          Qantas’ only plane crash and old
     made. As their personality emerges,     Visitors may find a local landscape,                                                                                                   picture theatre on the DVD display.
                                                                                                                                         A great place to spend time relaxing
     each bear is individually named         a contemporary work or an item of                                                           on the grassy banks with a picnic          The smaller building houses the
     after a farming property in the
                                             giftware that will be an exclusive                                                          or sizzle up a sausage on one of the       Post and Telegraph artefacts
     Tambo district.
                                             souvenir representative of their                                                            free barbecues.                            including an interactive Morse code
                                             Outback trip.                                                                                                                          display, which you can see and hear
     Don’t leave town without your                                                                                                       The area is a wonderful habitat for
     own right, royal Tambo Teddy, your                                                                                                                                             in operation as it taps a message out
                                                                                                                                         water birds and local wildlife. The
     friend for life.                        Ben’s Chicken Races                                                                         dam provides many spectacular
                                                                                                                                                                                    ready to send. While there you can
                                                                                                                                                                                    try your hand at signalling – what’s
                                             Every evening from 5.15pm at the                                                            sunrises reflected across the water
     Grassland Art Gallery                   Royal Carrangarra Hotel you can
                                                                                                                     PICTURED FROM TOP
                                                                                                                 GRASSLAND ART GALLERY   and is a bird watcher’s paradise
                                                                                                                                                                                    faster, morse code or texting?
     A contemporary cool and inviting        meet Ben the ‘chook trainer’ and his                          ·   TAMBO HERITAGE PRECINCT   with black swans and cygnets being         The Totally Tambo Heritage Group
                                                                                                                        ·   TAMBO DAM
     exhibition space displaying a           egg-citing ‘Ladies’.                                                                        found at certain times of the year.        mans the buildings on a volunteer
                                                                                                                                         Pelicans also make this area home          basis and love to have a chat and
                                                                                                                                         for a few weeks of the year as well        share their knowledge of Tambo’s
      GRASSLAND ART GALLERY                                                                                                              and brolgas can often be found             history as well as events of today,
                                                                                                                                         around the water’s edge.                   #totallytambo.

                                                                                                                                              And there’s more,
                                                                                                                                              don’t leave town without...
                                                                                                                                              z Stretching your legs on the Coolibah Walk, meandering
                                              BEN’S CHICKEN RACES                                                                               along the banks of the Barcoo
                                                                                                                                              z Visiting the site of the only Qantas crash, a little known slice
                                                                                                                                                of history and Tambo’s dubious claim to fame
                                                                                                                                              z Checking out Wild’n’Woolly, our whimsical sculptural wool
       What visitors have to say about Tambo:                                                                                                   truck by artist Christopher Trotter
       We spent a wonderful four days in Tambo. Teddy bought, chicken races
                                                                                                                                              z Learning the story of the notoriously unreliable
       were fun. Food at both Cafes great. Some four wheel driving, lovely
                                                                                                                                                fire engine, ‘Flo’
       sunsets, free camping as well. Friendly people everywhere. We learnt         Stay Connected
       that Tambo was worth visiting. Thanks Tambo!                                                                                           z Enjoying an evening stubby or two catching up with your
                                                                                    Free WIFI throughout                                        fellow travellers at Stubby Bend, Tambo’s free river camp
       Graeme Raine July 6th, 2018                                                  the town

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To Longreach                                                            To Barcaldine                                                                To Emerald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lochern NP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isisford                                     Douglas                                                                                                 Springsure

                 While you’re in the region–
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                 get back to nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Welford             Arno                                                                   102
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             National Park                                Emmet                                                      44                                      Salvator Rosa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Crossing      53
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jundah                                                        Mount Slowcombe                                                        Tambo                                               Carnarvon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Idalia                                                                                Mount                      National Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Welford Lagoon              Yaraka     National Park                                                                              Playfair

                 Discover Tambo’s Wilderness Way. Park your van up in town and head out on this self-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Downs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trafalgar      Battle Waterhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boomerang                             48
                 drive tour through an area of rugged beauty, known as the ‘Rooftop of Queensland’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘Retreat’                                  Langlo-Adavale                                                                                                                                               Expedition

                                                                                                                                                                                                        22               55                                                       Track                                                                                                                                                   National Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hammond Downs                                                                           281
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hell Hole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gorge NP

                      ambo’s Wilderness Way is a 320            Take a slight detour and head                                                                                                   To Birdsville
                      kilometre loop and you can take           into the Salvator Rosa National                                                                                                                                                                                Adavale                                                                                                                                                   Injune
                      one to two days to complete,              Park where you can camp on                                                                                                                                                                                             Mariala NP
                 depending on the adventure you                 the banks of the Nagoa River                           z Wet weather – check at the                                            LEGEND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chesterton Range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               National Park
                 are after. The road is accessible by           and play in the clear waters of                          VIC regarding accessibility                                                             Barcoo Way
                 conventional vehicles, however, a              Mitchell Springs.                                        and road conditions before                                                              Themed 4WD Routes                                                                             Charleville                                                                            Mitchell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Quilpie                                                                                                                                                                  To Brisbane
                 four-wheel-drive is recommended                                                                         you leave                                                                               Unsealed Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (4WD vehicle recommended)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     O HWY
                                                                A self-guided drive directs you
                 and adds to the experience!                                                                           z Carry plenty of water and fuel                                             000          Distance in km’s                                                                                                                                                                                             Roma
                                                                to the park’s most outstanding
                 The tour traverses a landscape                 features, including magnificent                        z Be aware of bull dust, sand
                 of deep gorges and vast cliff                  towering sandstone formations.                           and changing conditions –
                 lines. Enjoy vistas of tangled                 Wildflowers add a blast of colour                        roads can become impassable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Take the Drive…..
                 ranges where the wind and rain                 to the landscape in spring. There                        after rain
                 have created massive sandstone                 are plenty of opportunities for
                 formations which contrast starkly              birdwatching, photography and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      along the Barcoo Way
                 with the grey-green bush.                      great bush walks.

                       To Longreach                                                              To Barcaldine                                                                To Emerald

                                                                             Waterhole                                                                                                                                                                                                      our Barcoo Way adventure                                                  Heading up the Isisford Road you
                  Lochern NP                                                                     COOLIBAH WALK                                                                                                  WILDERNESS WAY LOOP
                                                   Isisford             75                      Douglas                                                                                                 Springsure                                                                          starts in Tambo, the headwaters                                           can take a side track and visit
                                                                                      55                                                                                                       DA                                                                                           of the mighty Barcoo River.                                               Idalia National Park nestled amid
                                                           21                                    Ponds                                                       Wilderness                             W
                                                                                                                                                             Way Loop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here’s your chance to hit the road,                                             the Gowan Ranges. Access to
   Stonehenge                                     Oma                                      20         Blackall                                                                                               N
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     W          Rolleston                                             get the red dust under your tyres                                               Idalia is suitable for four-wheel-
                                                Waterhole                                                                                         91                                                                     Y
                                                                47                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and really explore the outback.                                                 drive only.
                   Welford                Arno                                                                   102                                                                                                                                                                  Who doesn’t want to camp beside a
                 National Park                                   Emmet                                                      44                                      Salvator Rosa                                                                                                                                                                                     Take the Isisford Road from Blackall
                                        Crossing      53
                                                                                                                                                                       Section                                                                                                        billabong, 4wd across a claypan and
                                                                                                                                                       131                                                                                                                                                                                                            for 42km then turn left into the
                                                          Mount Slowcombe                                                        Tambo                                                                                                                                                reel in a champion Yellowbelly?
  Jundah                                                                                                                                                                             Carnarvon                                                                                                                                                                        Yaraka Road. At the Benlidi siding,
                                                                   Idalia                                                                                Mount                      National Park
                                                                                                                                                         Playfair                                                                                                                     Discover awesome National Parks                                                 turn left and follow the ldalia-
                     Welford Lagoon                Yaraka     National Park
                                                                                                                   Minnie                                                                                                                                                             and incredible raw landscapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Benlidi Road for about 34km to the

                       Trafalgar        Battle Waterhole                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Choose to travel the direct route
    Little                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            park boundary.

 Boomerang                      48                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    via the Landsborough Highway and

                         ‘Retreat’                                   Langlo-Adavale                                                                                                                                                    Expedition                                                                                                                     Enjoy birdwatching, bushwalking,
                                                                                                           Lumeah                                                                                                                                                                     you will travel around 100km to

    22          55                                                       Track                                                                                                                                                        National Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blackall. From there you can strike                                             scenic driving, exploring historical
                                                                                                                                             GH H

            Hammond Downs                                                                       281                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sites and watching wildlife.
                                                Hell Hole                                                                                                                                                                                                                             out along the Isisford Road or head

                                                Gorge NP                                                                                                                                                                                                                              north for 18km before turning up                                                Pick up a drive guide brochure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Adavale Road – both tracks lead                                             from the information shelter at
To Birdsville
                                                                                                                                             Augathella                                                                                                                               you on to Isisford, Yaraka and the                                              Chucksters Bore just 3km from the
                                                                      Adavale                                                                                                                                                       Injune                                            red sand hills of Windorah.                                                     park entrance.

                                                                              Mariala NP                                                                            Chesterton Range
EGEND                                                                                                                                                                 National Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         An alternate route
            Barcoo Way
                                                                                                                                                                  Morven                                              If you really love a bit of an off-road adventure, then consider taking a 4WD side trip along the Langlo-Adavale
            Themed 4WD Routes                                                                         Charleville                                                                            Mitchell                 Track.  The scenic Langlo-Adavale Road between Tambo and Blackall is around 200 kilometres and will take
            Unsealed Road                           Quilpie                                                                                                                                                               To Brisbane
            (4WD vehicle recommended)
                                                                                                                                                                            O HWY                                     approximately one day to complete. See native wildlife and livestock as you pass through a number of local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stations. Take care as the track is not fenced and the livestock roam freely. You will need a four-wheel-drive to
 000        Distance in km’s                                                                                                                                                                                         Roma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      complete this track and it can become impassable in the wet, so make sure you check road conditions at the VICs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      before leaving either Blackall or Tambo.

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     with the Kids?
                                                                                                                                                               Events Calendar
     Younger travellers are well catered for in                                                                                              26th | Australia Day Fun
     both Blackall and Tambo.
       n the centre of Tambo, EE Parr        insta moments at the Roly Poly,

       Park features an enclosed             Wild’n’Woolly, the People’s Sign and                                                                                                                              29th | Blackall Races
       playground with climbing frames,      at the only Teddy Bear Crossing sign
     swings and see-saws. There’s also a     in Australia.
     skate park and half basketball court.
                                             And of course, you can always                                                                    #buyfromthebushqld
     The Tambo Dam Park has plenty of
                                             splash out and buy them their very                                                                 Share your story
     space for the kids to burn off excess
                                             own Tambo Teddy – that should
     energy. Schedule a stop for lunch                                                              SALVATOR ROSA, CARNARVON NATIONAL PARK
                                             keep them settled for a few miles!
     and fire up the free barbie. Between
     September and April, you can cool
     off in the Tambo pool. Entry is free    And the Fur Babies…
     from 3.30pm daily.                      Those very important family
                                             members are well catered for in the
     Blackall’s pool is open all year        Blackall-Tambo region.                                                                                  18th
     round, the beach edge is perfect                                                                                                          Tambo Stock Show
     for toddlers to play in and there       Staying overnight? In Tambo your
     is plenty of recreational space for     fur babies are welcome at Stubby                                                                        18th
     older children. If a swim is not in     Bend, Tambo Mill Motel & Van Park,                                                                  Blackall Races
     the plan, Bank’s Park along the         Tambo Caravan Park, Tambo Tavern
     main drag has children’s slides and     and the Royal Carrangarra Hotel
     jungle gyms. The large undercover       and in Blackall the Blackall Caravan
     eating area also has free BBQs.         Park, Acacia Motor Inn, Blackall
     Ram Park will give the kids a
                                             Caravan Park and the Barcoo River
                                             Camp are all pet friendly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1st-2nd | Blackall Show
     glimpse of what life was like in                                                               BLACKALL WOOLSCOUR
                                             Blackall and Tambo have plenty of                                                                                                                                                                   6th
     days gone by. There are certainly no                                                                                                                                                              16th-17th
                                             wide open spaces to exercise your                      TELEPHONE EXCHANGE                                                                                                                 Local Artists Exhibition
     computers or iPads in the Yalleroi                                                                                                                                                             Tambo Polocrosse
                                                                                                    TAMBO HERITAGE PRECINCT
     Schoolhouse! If you’re stopping for     furry friends.
     a while make sure the kids bring                                                                                                                                                                  22nd-24th
     their scooters and skate boards,                                                                                                                                                               Tambo Campdraft
     Blackall has a large undercover
                                                                                                                                                                                                    30th | Tambo Races
     skate bowl in the park beside the         Check for any accommodation
     memorial hall on Short St.                restrictions when you book, you
                                               don’t want to let the team down.                                                                                                                                                        19th | Tambo Outback
     Don’t forget to capture the
     memories, take a few family                                                                                                                                                                      August                            26th-27th | Scrubby
                                                                                                                                                    11th-12th | Outback Masters Golf - Blackall      1st | Tambo Races                  Creek Shoot, Tambo

                                                                                                                                                               18th | Blackall Races                13th-16th | Better in                23rd | Blackall Clay
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blackall Festival                    Target Shoots

                                                                                                                                                                                                     October                           November
                                                                                                                                                                                                    17th | Blackall Races               28th | Blackall Races

                                                                                                                                                                                                           24th | Christmas Eve in the Park - Tambo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Blackall Christmas Tree
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Travel Directory
     Blackall                                Blackall Caravan Park
                                             53 Garden St, Blackall
                                                                              Blackall IGA
                                                                              115 Shamrock St, Blackall
                                                                                                                     Tim’s Workshop
                                                                                                                     72 Shamrock St, Blackall
                                                                                                                                                        Tambo Mill Motel & Caravan Park
                                                                                                                                                        34 Arthur St, Tambo
                                                                                                                                                                                          Tambo Multipurpose Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                          22 Arthur St, Tambo
                                             07 4657 4816                     07 4657 4151                           0428 875 584                       07 4654 6100                      07 4621 6630
                                             Wood fired pizzas – Tuesday,                                            Will’s Welding
     Acacia Motor Inn                                                         Schluter’s Bakery                                                         Tambo Tavern                      Tambo Primary
                                             Wednesday & Thursday evenings.   49 Shamrock St, Blackall               56 Thistle St, Blackall            29-31 Arthur St, Tambo
     110 Shamrock St, Blackall                                                                                                                                                            Health Centre
     07 4657 6022                            BP Roadhouse                     07 4657 6672                           0428 860 332                       07 4654 6106                      4 Garden St, Tambo
                                             8-10 Shamrock St, Blackall       SPAR Blackall                                                                                               07 4621 7100
     Barcoo Hotel                                                                                                    BANKS                              DINE IN & TAKE-AWAY
                                             07 4657 4422                     99-101 Shamrock St, Blackall
     95 Shamrock St, Blackall
                                                                              07 4657 6616                           Australia Post Agent – NAB, CBA,   Caltex Service Station            TYRES, MECHANICAL
     07 4657 4197                            Central Star Snack Bar                                                  Westpac                            1 Arthur St, Tambo                & FUEL SUPPLIES
     Barcoo River Camp                       36 Shamrock St, Blackall                                                98-102 Shamrock St, Blackall       07 4654 6177
                                             07 4657 4175                     MEDICAL                                                                                                     Gerard Johnson Transport
     Isisford Blackall Rd, Blackall                                                                                  07 4657 4944                                                         20 Charles St, Tambo
                                                                              Blackall Hospital                                                         Cindy’s Coffee & Gifts
     07 4657 4637                            Coolibah Motel                                                                                                                               07 4654 6810
                                                                              Landsborough Highway, Blackall         Blackall Newsagency – BOQ          30 Arthur St, Tambo
     Blackall Caravan Park                   36 Shamrock St, Blackall         07 4650 7700                           128 Shamrock St, Blackall          07 4654 6955
     53 Garden St, Blackall                  07 4657 4380                                                            07 4657 4404                                                         BANKS
                                                                              Black Stump Medical Centre                                                Fanny Mae’s Café
     07 4657 4816                            Tina’s Coffee Shop                                                                                                                           Blackall-Tambo
                                                                              78 Thistle St, Blackall                ATMS                               15 Arthur St, Tambo          95 Shamrock St, Blackall                                                                                                                     Regional Council
                                                                              07 4657 4677                                                              07 4654 6137
     Blackall Motel                          07 4657 4795                                                            Barcoo Hotel                                                         Administration Office – BOQ
     153 Shamrock St, Blackall                                                Ian Kinsey Outback Chemist             95 Shamrock St, Blackal            Royal Carrangarra Hotel           21 Arthur St, Tambo
                                             The Drawing Board                107-109 Shamrock St, Blackall          07 4657 4197                       25 Arthur St, Tambo               07 4621 6602
     07 4657 4611
                                             111 Shamrock St, Blackall        07 4657 4616                                                              07 4654 6127
     Bookings: 1800 357 367                                                                                          CBA - ATM
                                             0429 385 436
                                                                              TYRES, MECHANICAL                      99 – 101 Shamrock St, Blackall     Tambo Tavern                      ATMS
     Coolibah Motel
                                             The Lodge on Hawthorn            & FUEL SUPPLIES                                                           29-31 Arthur St, Tambo            Caltex Service Station
     36 Shamrock St, Blackall
                                             13 Hawthorn St, Blackall                                                OTHER SERVICES                     07 4654 6106                      1 Arthur St, Tambo
     07 4657 4380                                                             Blackall Tyre Service                0415 174 286                                                            Laundromat                                                           07 4654 6177
                                                                              132-138 Shamrock St, Blackall
                                                                              07 4657 4849                           14 Clematis St, Blackall           FOOD STORES
     Hawthorn Holiday Apartments             The Woolscour Cafe                                                                                                                           Royal Carrangarra Hotel
                                             Evora Rd, Blackall                                                                                         Tambo Foodworks
     14 Hawthorn St, Blackall                                                 Central Star Service Station -                                            32 Arthur St, Tambo               25 Arthur St, Tambo
     0458 008 860                            07 4657 6042
                                             Union Hotel
                                                                              (Caltex, LPG refill, RACQ)
                                                                              64 Shamrock St, Blackall
                                                                                                                     Tambo                              07 4654 6288                      07 4654 6127
     Living Arts Centre                                                                                                                                 Tambo Butchery
                                             35 Coronation Dr, Blackall       07 4657 4249                           ACCOMMODATION                                                        OTHER SERVICES
     Cnr Hawthorn & Rose St, Blackall                                                                                                                   23 Arthur St, Tambo
     0409 283 057                            07 4657 4877                     Reliance Blackall - (BP, LPG refill)   Royal Carrangarra Hotel                                              Laundromat –
                                                                                                                                                        07 4654 6239
                                                                              8-10 Shamrock St, Blackall             25 Arthur St, Tambo                                                  Tambo Post Office
     DINE IN & TAKE-AWAY                     FOOD STORES                      07 4657 4422                           07 4654 6127                       MEDICAL                           11 Arthur St, Tambo
                                                                                                                                                                                          07 4654 6147
     Barcoo Hotel                            Barcoo Butchery                  Ross Rural Services                    Tambo Caravan Park                 Tambo Chemist
     95 Shamrock St, Blackall                47 Shamrock St, Blackall         84 Shamrock St, Blackall               58 Arthur St, Tambo                26 Arthur St, Tambo
     07 4657 4197                            07 4657 4684                     07 4657 4277                           07 4654 6463                       0499 811 442

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