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Blackwater

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
About Blackwater

Blackwater is a modern coal mining town situated in Central Queensland. Named for the colouring of the local water by tea-trees, Blackwater was purpose-built to support the coal mining operations of the region. Known as the “Coal Capital of Queensland”, the town’s mines produce millions of tonnes of coking and steaming coal which is either exported internationally or used for power generation in Queensland. Blackwater provides an authentic outback lifestyle amidst spectacular rural scenery.

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The Blackwater Hospital is a 16 bed facility incorporating 4 aged care beds, providing acute inpatient, accident and emergency, pharmacy, outpatient and urgent radiology services to the community.

Visiting allied health services include podiatry, speech pathology and occupational therapy as well as adult and youth psychiatric services.

Community health clinics include antenatal, dietetics, child health, diabetic, immunisation and women’s health.

Living in Blackwater

Blackwater tries to ensure that all residents are provided for, not just the mine workers. As such, Blackwater has a variety of recreational facilities like the picturesque Japanese Gardens and excellent educational opportunities.

The $9 million Blackwater International Coal Centre showcases the Central Highlands coal industry through an education and community centre, exhibition space, a cinema and a cafe. At the Centre, visitors can see how early settlers lived in Blackwater, take a guided tour or learn about the enormous equipment used in mining coal today. An initiative sponsored by private sector companies as well as government departments, the Blackwater International Coal Centre is an interactive display of Blackwater’s lifeline.

One hour west of Blackwater is Emerald which has extra shopping facilities and social outlets and is the gateway to the Carnarvon Gorge, Gem fields and Lake Maraboon.


Local must see!

Must do – the Lions Park is rumoured to have the world’s second largest collection of international flags, second to New York’s United Nations Building. Each flag represents each of the 37 nationalities who laboured together in the mines and establishing the district’s coal industry.


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  • 9 education facilities (Preparatory Year followed by Year 1 to Year 12), including special education and Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
  • Childcare facilities
  • Community clubs including Lions, Rotary, Scouts and Queensland Country Women’s Association
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Civic centre
  • Community centre
  • Library
  • 5 churches servicing various faiths and denominations
  • Westpac bank
  • Police station
  • Australia Post with Commonwealth Bank facilities
  • Emergency services
  • Retail stores
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  • Sporting clubs and facilities including little athletics, bowls, cricket, football, darts, golf, martial arts, netball, squash and tennis
  • Bedford Weir - fishing, camping and water sports
  • Japanese garden
  • The Lions park
  • Mining display
  • At The Coal Face Memorial
  • Blackdown Tableland National park – picnicking, camping, walking, lookouts
  • Carnarvon Gorge
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Physical Address:
Mackenzie Street BLACKWATER QLD 4717
Postal Address:
PO Box 47 BLACKWATER QLD 4717
General Phone:
+61 7 4980 1800
General Fax:
+61 7 4980 1832
Office Hours:
0800 to 1700
Real life stories
Colin Bowen, CN, Gladstone Hospital
Colin Bowen Clinical Nurse, Gladstone Hospital "It only takes 10 minutes to get to work. So you get to do anything you want with your own time because you find you get a lot more of it".
Larissa Ramm, Scientist, Rockhampton Hospital
Larissa Ramm Scientist, Rockhampton Hospital "There are a lot of small towns and outreach areas that rely on you, and at the end of the day you're helping make people's live better".
Dr Scott Cooling, Medical Superintendent, Capricorn Coast Hospital
Dr Scott Cooling Medical Superintendent, Capricorn Coast Hospital & Health Service "It’s a great lifestyle with plenty of beach days plus good schools and sporting activities for the kids".
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  • 5,045 Population
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