Camping Blackwater

Looking to relax and explore? Be sure to pull up a stop and enjoy a spot of Camping in Blackwater!

During the warm seasons Blackwaters local weather average is a high 30°C (86°F) to a low 20°C (68°F). Generally with clear, sunny skies so its best to slip, slop, slap and have plenty of water when wondering about.

During the cooler seasons Blackwater can go from a high temperature below 24°C (75.2°F). Best to keep a light jumper on hand as our skies are still clear and sunny during most of the cooler months, with the occasional rain and overcast days.

If you are caravanning or camping through the Central Highlands and are planning on staying in Blackwater for a day or two, we have several camping suggestions to help you out.

The Blackwater Showgrounds – are now closed for camping as per council instruction

Flat land that offers a quiet and spacious setting within the town of Blackwater. Complete with toilet and showers and dumping point. Cost is $10 per night (unpowered sites only), permits are available right here at the BICC. You will meet some lovely folk while you’re here and will never feel overcrowded.

The Bedford Weir

Love a great sunset or a spot of fishing? The Bedford Weir (part of the McKenzie River) is located 25 kilometres north of town. Stocked with Barramundi, Saratoga and Red Claw it is a fishing enthusiasts mecca.  A free 7 night camping area is available with toilets and hot shower facilities, dumping point, boat ramp, kids playground, park and BBQ facilities. Don’t miss the Saratoga fishing competition held each year in Spring – visit Mackenzie River Fish Stocking Assoc for more information. Caretaker on-site.

The Blackdown Tablelands

The spectacular Blackdown Tableland National Park is located 55kms from the Blackwater township, this is a must-see attraction whilst you’re visiting Blackwater!  The park protects a sandstone plateau rising abruptly above Central Queensland’s flat plains. Bordered by high rugged cliffs, this is the traditional home of the Ghungalu people. Aboriginal rock art across the park reminds us of their connection with this country. Dissected by deep gorges, the park offers spectacular lookouts and scenic waterfalls. The Tablelands is definitely worth a day visit or stay a little longer and set up camp at the peaceful Munall Campgrounds – visit Dept. National Parks for camping information.

Blackwater Accommodation

If you are visiting Blackwater and are looking for non-camping accommodation we highly recommend staying at:

Blackwater Motor Inn

Blackwater Central Motel

The Black Diamond

Black Rock Inn

The Capricorn Hotel


Where is Blackwater

Blackwater is located 2 hours drive inland from Rockhampton QLD and only a 50 minute drive from Emerald, home of the Fairbairn Dam and gateway to the Sapphire Gemfields. Perfectly settled on the Capricorn Highway you can’t miss the town. Blackwater is filled with some great things to do and see, we promise your visit will be worth the memories!

For more information on traveling through the Central Highlands we highly recommend visiting the Dig the Tropics websit