A once thriving township on Blackwater Creek. Graves dating from the
early 1800s are testament to the harsh outback lifestyle and daily
struggle of the early settlers.
Location: 85 km north of Quilpie.
Events: Annual events include the Fishing Carnival and the Bull Ride and Gymkhana.
Points of Interest: memorial to Sir Ross and Keith Smith at the place
where they were forced to make an emergency landing during their flight
of 1919 in which they became the first Australians to fly from London
to Australia in less than 30 days.
Nearby Listowel Downs, on the Blackall Road, was the site of
Australia's first recorded opal finds in 1872. The gems run in a belt
from the NSW border to the north of Winton. The town was a thriving
until the 1930s when the shire headquarters were moved to Quilpie.
Origin of name: Mrs. Ada Stevens lost her veil here in 1870 while
crossing Blackwater Creek. The name became corrupted and stuck.