Are you looking for things to do in Blackall or planning an outback adventure? You’ve arrived at the right place!
There is lots to love about the heart of the Outback and a lot to love about the things to do in Blackall. Blackall is one of the appealing country towns located on the Matilda Highway in the Central West Region.
Featuring tree lined streets and various heritage buildings, Blackall was named after Sir Samuel Blackall and has a prominent pioneering history and established sheep and cattle industry. The township has a strong community focus, offering a quiet and relaxed outback lifestyle, ideal for those who want to experience a close-knit community.
Nestled on the banks of the Barcoo, Blackall offers numerous heritage experiences and rich history, with unique links to the famous blade shearer, Jack Howe, boasting reputation as the ‘Arts Capital of the West’ with Ram Park, numerous art galleries, murals and metal sculptures, features the first artesian outback bore and is home to the ‘Black Stump’ and the Blackall Woolscour, the last remaining working steam driven wool scour in Australia.
Blackall is located on the largest grassy ecosystem in Australia, the Mitchell Grass Downs. Here you will see Mitchell grassland which has a light covering of trees including boree, gidgee and coolibah with emu-bush along watercourses. The Five Mile Waterhole is located nearby, offering a quiet and shady spot for keen fishermen to enjoy!
Or enjoy an off-road adventure off the Matilda Way, as you travel between Tambo and Blackall, along the Langlo-Adavale Road. The drive provides spectacular views of the beautiful rugged outback landscape, free roaming livestock, native Australian wildlife and cattle stations. With so many wonderful things to do in Blackall, you should plan that trip sooner rather than later!
Experiences in Blackall
Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences.
Jackie Howe Memorial Statue
Jack “Jackie” Howe, a legendary sheep shearer and rock star of his time, rose to prominence in 1892, when an Australia-wide competition was organised to choose the country’s best sheep shearer. Jack established a world record by shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes, winning two gold medals, and cementing his place in history. Later, he established a new record by shearing 237 sheep with electric shears and it took another 58 years before anyone matched his record. Howe’s record was reported to still be unbeaten after 123 years in October 2015!