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Central Queensland’s reputation as Australia’s engine room is on show for all to see and it starts in air-conditioned comfort. Coal was first discovered in Blackwater way back in 1845, when Ludwig Leichhardt was meandering his way around the Central Highlands en route to the Northern Territory, although it was more than a century later that the town really started to develop.

Today Blackwater gives visitors an unparalleled look at the Australian coal industry, from the size and scale to new technologies and the future of fossil fuels. And for the adventurous, guided tours are available where you can get down and dirty on a real mine site and witness firsthand Queensland’s premier industry in action.

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