The Blackall-Tambo Region is placed in the heart of Queensland's Outback approximately 900 kilometers north west of Brisbane. The Region is comprised of two towns, Blackall and Tambo both of which lie along the historic Barcoo River and are positioned on the Warrego Highway (Matilda Highway). Blackall is an attractive town and is classed as a remote community with a population on approximately 1560 people. Tambo is a rural community with a population of around 620 people.
The Blackall-Tambo Regional Council has an extensive history of cattle, sheep and wool production, with having the well known Jackie Howe live and work in the area. Today the cattle production has overhauled sheep as the major industry. The Region's economy has also diversified into other industries including cypress pine sawmilling and tourism, and has a solid base of retail and general services.
The Blackall-Tambo Regional Council was formerly created in March 2008 as part of the State Governments reform of all councils. The new Council is comprised of the former Blackall and Tambo Shire Councils, with the main office located in Blackall. The Council is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the appealing rural lifestyle within the Region through the provision of high quality services and facilities, and through a collaborative and supportive community environment.
The Region provides a range of services and programs for the youth, aged, families, sport and recreation, and education up to year 12. High quality facilities are available to support the many community organisations to provide a wide range of sport and recreation activities including horse racing, bowls, tennis, swimming and horse sports. The Region's strong volunteer base has been and continues to play an important part in the life of both communities and reflects the high level of community spirit that exists with the Region.
Visiting the Region offers the opportunity to learn about the history of the Outback through the Blackall Woolscour, Tambo's Heritage Precinct and other various historical sites. The Blackall Artesian Pool and Spa allows visitors to experience the therapeutic benefits of artesian water and is a great place to rest and relax.
The Region is also well known for the famous Tambo Teddies, where you can visit the Teddies workshop and see these creatures come alive. With the Region's vast contrast in landform form flat open down plains to the vast cliff lines and dry gorges of the Great Dividing Range, this backdrop offers the opportunity to visit the many surrounding wonderful and scenic places of interest including Salvator Rosa National Park.