The Australian Coal Mining Museum is a must stop. Located inside Blackwater International Coal Centre, the Museum pays homage to the pioneering history of the area including displays of equipment, mining methods and a coal mine tour.

Retire with a picnic to the picturesque Japanese Garden, accessible through the Blackwater International Coal Centre. A stunning lunch setting, it also marks a relationship between Blackwater’s Japanese sister city, Fujisawa.

Let’s swap the minute manicured details of the Japanese Garden to the sprawling raw beauty of the Blackdown Tableland National Park, just more than 30 minutes’ drive from Blackwater.

Watch the dry plains of the surrounding area transform into the coolness of the tableland canopy and its sandstone plateaus rising high above it.

The Ghungalu People are the caretakers of this land, their ancient rock art remains throughout the national park. Enjoy spectacular lookouts, deep gorges and swim at Rainbow Falls.