Blackwater, Queensland

Blackwater, known as the coal capital of Queensland, is a town filled with a rich history and a heart-warming community, and is surrounded by natural treasures.

Things to Experience

Blackwater International Coal Centre (BICC) is home to the Australian Coal Mining Museum, mine tours, Japanese Gardens, Eliza’s Cottage store, coffee shop, cinema and Visitor Information Centre.

Australian Coal Mining Museum offers a collection of exciting and educational exhibits, media displays and simulators that delve into the past, present and future of mining.

Mine Tours Experience an awe moment on a tour of one of Blackwater’s operating coal mines. See the magnificence of massive open cut pits, oversized machinery and equipment, and learn about coal mining from an expert. Tours depart from the BICC and bookings are essential.

Japanese Gardens were built as a symbol of the relationship between Blackwater and sister city Fujisawa, Japan. The gardens provide a great spot to sit, relax, have a picnic and take in the serenity.

Blackwater Lions Park Found on the Capricorn Highway, the Lions Park is well known for one of the largest displays of flags in the world. The 37 flags represent the different nationalities that worked side-by-side to establish the district’s coal industry. The park has other historic features that include a restored engine of a 1953 C Class locomotive train and the old railway station that was built in 1877.

Bedford Weir Recreational facilities at Bedford Weir are back open to the public, as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery. Read more.

Escape to Bedford Weir, a popular boating, camping and fishing spot on the beautiful Mackenzie River, 25 kilometres north of Blackwater.

The area is suitable for overnight stays and water (not potable), toilets and showers are available.

Wood-fired barbecues and a playground are set in shaded areas by the river, making it an ideal picnic spot.

The weir is stocked with Barramundi, Saratoga and Yellowbelly, or throw in a pot to catch some of our freshwater crayfish, Red Claw.

The peace and tranquillity of Bedford Weir encourages a wide range of wildlife. Keep a look out for wallabies, potoroos, echidnas and bandicoots. Bird lovers are in for a treat, with as many as 30 species of birdlife calling the weir home including a large pride of peacocks.

Don’t miss the annual Saratoga Spectacular fishing contest held in October.

Coal Face Memorial Located near the ambulance station in Mackenzie Street is a memorial titled At the Coal Face, which commemorates all the miners killed in accidents at Blackwater coal mine pits.

Point of Interest: Two pine trees grown from seeds taken from the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey are the highlight of the town’s war memorial in Arthur Street.

The new Central Highlands Mining Trail will open soon. Click here to find out more.

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