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Blackwater, Queensland

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Best known as the Coal Capital of Queensland, Blackwater is home to the Blackwater International Coal Centre where you can learn everything there is to know about coal. With over 20 exhibits and displays, the centre tells the story of the region's coal mining industry - past, present and future. Apart from its rich mining history, the town also boasts one of the finest Japanese gardens in the state...a symbol of the bond between Blackwater and its sister city Fujisawa. Test your knowledge of flags with a walk in Lions Park where you'll see one of the largest displays of flags in the world. The idea was to represent each nationality working in the coalfields. Or head over to Bedford Weir to enjoy fishing, boating and camping. Take a trip 55 kilometres east of town to the spectacular Blackdown Tableland National Park where you'll discover hundreds of plant and animal species. It's a great place to pitch a tent for a few nights with lots of walking trails, lookouts and picnic areas to enjoy.