Blackwater, Queensland

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Blackwater is located in Queensland
Coordinates 23°28′0″S 148°46′0″E / 23.46667°S 148.76667°E / -23.46667; 148.76667Coordinates: 23°28′0″S 148°46′0″E / 23.46667°S 148.76667°E / -23.46667; 148.76667
Population 5,100 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4717
LGA(s) Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Blackwater:
Mackenzie River Mackenzie River Jellinbah
Mackenzie River Blackwater Bluff
Comet Stewarton Stewarton

Blackwater is both a town and a locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] It is the major town in a significant coal mining area in Central Queensland. At the 2011 census, Blackwater had a population of 5,100.[1]


Six major open cut coal mines and one underground dot the landscape surrounding the town and provide its main employment opportunities. The town is also situated close to the Blackdown Tableland National Park which lies to the southeast and Blackwater coal mine located south of the town. Emerald is 74 kilometres (46 mi) to the west.


Blackwater is named after the Blackwater Creek which apparently was first observed to flow with black water, believed to be caused by the local coal deposits.[2][3]

Coal deposits were discovered there by Ludwig Leichhardt on his expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington (now Darwin, Northern Territory) in 1845.[4] Leichhardt saw "beds of coal indistinguishable from those on the Hunter at Newcastle".[5]

Blackwater Post Office opened on 19 July 1877.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blackwater (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Blackwater (town) (entry 3109)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Blackwater (locality) (entry 46918)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Coal mining in Blackwater". Blackwater International Coal Centre. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Leichhardt, Ludwig (1847), Journal of an overland expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles, during the years 1844-1845, T. & W. Boone , available online
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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