The Blackall Woolscour is Australia’s last remaining steam driven wool washing plant, with a 20 stand shearing shed attached.
The Woolscour’s steam machinery has been restored and personally guided tours are available 7 days a week on the hour, every hour. A visit to the Blackall Woolscour will give an insight to the pioneering achievement of engineering and endurance.
Universal Garden Centre and Gallery
The legendary shearer, Jackie Howe, is a man well remembered in Blackall. He holds the record for shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes with blade shears at Alice Downs Station in 1892 and became a local identity.
Retiring from shearing in 1900, he became the publican of the Universal Hotel. A replica of the hotel is located in Shamrock Street, which is now the “Universal Garden Centre and Gallery” and a memorial sculpture of the local hero is at the front of the building.