Blackall, located 950km n/w of Brisbane on the bank of the Barcoo River boasts to be the biggest cattle seller in the Central West, home of Merino country, home of the "real" Black Stump, and home to legendary shearer Jackie Howe.
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There's more than stuffall in Blackall
Blackall, located 950km n/w of Brisbane on the bank of the Barcoo River boasts to be the biggest cattle seller in the Central West, home of Merino country, home of the "real" Black Stump, and home to legendary shearer Jackie Howe. Not bad for a little outback town with only 2200 people, but believe me, these claims are only skimming the surface, because when one looks, one realises Blackall is not merely a stopping point before any thriving metropilis' ahead.
Where the supermodels of the Merino world flock to have their hair done
When talking about outback legends, one name comes to mind instantly, Jackie Howe, Blackalls most famous son. If you are unfamiliar with his work, in 1892 Jackie shore 321 sheep in seven hours forty minutes using hand shears. A record to this day that is yet to be broken seeing as though the only successful attempt in 1950 was with mechanical shears. Probably most remarkable about this record was than not one of the 321 ladies complained about the styles given or Jackies promptness to their appointment times.
Aching for a dip?
By the time your journey brings you to Blackall you may have learnt that the Artesian bore water baths dotted throughout Qld and NSW give great relief to aching bodies, particularly rheumatoid arthritus sufferers. The 40 degrees temperature of the water may seem a little hot at first, but once you're in your aches and pains seem to be banished 800m underground and a new energy sent back up.
Now that you are revitalised you can check out the rest of Blackalls prized attractions. The main street will charm you with it's bottle trees down the centre and truly outback-styled pubs and other buildings. The Black Stump and Woolscour are also must see's. Idalia National Park is also not far from Blackall, this is the only place you will find Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies wild in Qld.
Maybe another "home of" sign for Blackall?
- Medical Centre
- Mechanical Repairs