Blackwater is a unique town situated on the Capricorn Highway. It is known as the coal capital of Queensland and was built to service the Blackwater Coal Mine. The Blackwater Open Cut Mine produces six million tonnes of coking coal and up to four million tonnes of steaming coal each year. The coking coal is exported to Japan, Italy, the UK, Holland, France, Spain, Greece, Chile and many other countries, while the steaming coal produced is used for power generation within Queensland.
The Lions Park is well known for one of the largest displays of flags in the world, each flag being representative of one of the 37 nationalities who laboured together in their efforts to establish the district's coal industry. The nationally known Japanese Garden is a 'must' when you visit Blackwater. The garden is located just off the Capricorn Highway on the western side of Blackwater.
The Information Centre and Mining Museum are located nearby. Just 55 kilometres from the Town you will find the spectacular Blackdown Tableland National Park. Offering you spectacular views and hundreds of plants and wildlife species, some of which are only found in the park. You can enjoy the picnic areas, fireplaces, lookouts, camping area and scenic walking tracks that feature throughout the park. Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 855 kilometres.