Blackwater Japanese Garden Rest Area

GPS: -23.58564 , 148.87465
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Capricorn Highway
Blackwater QLD 4717

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On N side of highway, adjacent to Blackwater International Coal Centre

The Blackwater Japanese Garden was constructed in 1998 and is a traditional Japanese garden commemorating the Sister Town status that Blackwater shares with Fujisawa in Japan.
It also houses The Blackwater International Coal Centre which is an audio visual presentation of the coal industry. There is a cafe in the complex.

During the 1960s & 1970s, much of the coal that was mined in Queensland was destined for Japan to provide the energy for their burgeoning industrial sector, in much the same way as China is currently growing with the coal it buys from Australia.

The infamous deal done by the then premier Bjelke-Peterson set the price at 5c per tonne, which at the time was the price of an ice cream.
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The Japanese Garden is actually part of the International Coal Centre: there's no access to it when the Centre is closed. Opening hours: 9 am to 3pm, Mon to Fri, $2 entry fee to the mining exhibition. The Japanese Garden is not all that spectacular, not something you'd go out of your way for.
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