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“Heritage Site of National Significance”
Review of Blackall Woolscour

Blackall Woolscour
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Blackall
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Blackall Woolscour is a highlight of travelling in western Queensland. The buildings were conserved in 2002, but most importantly previous owners and the current trust that runs the place have kept all of the steam engines working. Seeing the scour machinery working, which is part of the tour of the place, is truly a fascinating experience. This is the last working steam driven factory left in the southern hemisphere. The history of the place, and its economic importance to the Blackall area in its time really highlight the importance of the wool industry to Queensland and indeed Australia. A highly recommended tour that makes staying overnight in Blackall worthwhile.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The Blackall Woolscour is a restored Industrial complex of yesteryear situated on a working station a few km out of town. The visitors centre hosts a basic café and souvenirs as well a small theatre that is used for a five minute introduction to what was the Great Australian Wool Industry. A local guide (possibly an ex employee), ably assisted by a Boiler operator, takes you through the process with explanations of why the Scour was located at Blackall, the availability of abundant Artesian water at 58oC and Gidgee wood to stoke the two steam boilers that powered all of the equipment from the Shearing shed to the wool washing and drying processes. Using a modern boiler the steam driven engine is activated and the scouring equipment put into motion, sans the wool, water and stench. Tours go on the hour, last and hour and you can spend another half hour or so, before or after the tour looking at the shearer's Cook House, Ablutions, Sleeping quarters and old farm machinery. No Wheelchair access to Scour.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is a really impressive set up. The local guides are very knowledgable and held the kids attention right until the end of the tour. A great community project, we all learned so much and really enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

This was brilliant we really had a great time here. Our guide was very helpful, happy and spent time advising the group of 6 of the wonderful history that this great woolscour.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

so much history and so much information to take in
beautiful maintained and presented
quality displays and excellent staff
really enjoed the whole experience
well worth it

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