Blackwater is known as the Coal Capital of Queensland. Located on the Capricorn Highway, Blackwater also boasts a fine Japanese Garden, reputed to be the best of its kind in Queensland that marks the relationship between Blackwater and its sister city Fujisawa, Japan
Coal Capital of Queensland
Blackwater is known as the Coal Capital of Queensland and the soon to be built nine million dollar Blackwater International Coal Centre will interpret the Central Highlands Coal Industry for the world.
Located on the Capricorn Highway, Blackwater also boasts a fine Japanese Garden, reputed to be the best of its kind in Queensland that marks the relationship between Blackwater and its sister city Fujisawa, Japan. The coal mines each year around Blackwater produce millions of tonnes of coking and steaming coal. The coking coal is exported to Japan, Italy, the UK, Holland, France, Spain, Greece, Chile and many other countries, while the steaming coal produced is used for power generation within Queensland.
The Lions Park is well known for one of the largest displays of flags in the world, each flag being representative of one of the 37 nationalities who laboured together in their efforts to establish the district's coal industry.
Anglers are welcome to drop a line in the Bedford Weir which is stocked with barramundi. 26 kilometres north from town, there are boating, camping, toilet and shower facilities. Don't miss the Saratoga fishing competition in September.
Just 55 kilometres east from the township of Blackwater you will find the spectacular Blackdown Tableland National Park. Offering you spectacular views and hundreds of plants and wildlife species, some of which are only found in the park. You can enjoy the picnic areas, fireplaces, lookouts, camping area and scenic walking tracks that feature throughout the park.
Before you explore the area further make sure you drop on into the Tourist Information Centre (Eliza’s Cottage) in the restored railway station.
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