Boree tree, a kind of acacia found at Blackall.
The Blackall township is situated on the Matilda Highway between Charleville and Longreach. The town has about 1700 residents and the shire has 2070.
The town was founded by Major Thomas Mitchell, an explorer, and was named after Queensland's first governor, Colonel Samuel Wendley Blackall.
Its climate is temperate arid zone. Summer temperatures average up to 42 degrees C and in winter average 25 degrees C, with very cool mornings and nights.
The town relies on artesian water for all its uses, and the major industries in the region are sheep and cattle production.
Blackall is famous as the home of gun shearer Jack Howe - back in the days when sheep were shorn by hand. A link with the history of the sheep industry can be seen at the Blackall Woolscour.
Jack Howe memorabilia on show
Visit this woolscour of a bygone era
Great outdoor dining - campoven fare
Murals at meal time
Other attractions and events around Blackall