Blackwater is the ‘coal capitol’ of Queensland. Six major open cut coal mines and one underground dot the landscape surrounding the town and provide its main employment opportunities.

Blackwater is supposedly named after the Blackwater Creek which apparently was first observed to flow with black water, this may have been caused by tree roots growing into the creek. Coal deposits were discovered there by Ludwick Leichardt in 1845.

Blackwater is also a new town, and very little if any of an earlier era is gone.

The Blackwater War Memorial and design is of the modern era.

The Blackwater church that we found is modern.

The Blackwater Hotel likewise is a fifties construction.

The ‘museum’ though brand new, has really brought this dour coal town to life. Modern yes but very very informative. Please do not miss this ‘coal’ information museum and display. T


he museum is on the main highway on the western end of the town.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course