our western downs We invite you to come and explore the region we are proud to call our home.
Dalby • Jandowae • Chinchilla • Tara • Miles • Wandoan
our western downs Located only two and half hours west of Brisbane, our western downs is a vibrant region with plenty to offer.
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Welcome Born and bred in Western Downs, I spent my childhood and early adult life eagerly exploring ‘my backyard’ and finding the best spots for fishing, camping and 4WD tracks, not to mention great old fashioned burger stops! Of course I’m biased, but I believe we offer one of the most authentic country experiences in Australia. If you haven’t been before, I would highly recommend timing your visit to coincide with one of our many events and festivals. So dust off your boots, grab a map at one of our Visitor Information Centres, hit the road and start exploring ‘Our Western Downs’. Mayor Ray Brown
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Dalby and District......................................................2
Brisbane to Charleville • Warrego Highway Brisbane to Adelaide • Adventure Way Melbourne to Rockhampton • Leichhardt Highway Warialda to Mundubbera • Rural Get-A-Way
Jandowae and District...............................................6
Wandoan and District..............................................22
Brisbane (Roma Street) to Miles Brisbane (Roma Street) to Tara Brisbane (Roma Street) to Wandoan Stops at Toowoomba, Dalby and Chinchilla. www.greyhound.com.au • 1300 473 946
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Brisbane (Roma Street) to Miles Departs Brisbane at night and arrives in Miles early the following day. Stops at Toowoomba, Dalby and Chinchilla. www.queenslandrail.com.au • 1300 131 722
Chinchilla and District..............................................10 Tara and District.......................................................14 Miles and District....................................................18
Our Western Downs in 3 days!..........................28 Accommodation.......................................................30 Dining.......................................................................32 Things to see............................................................36
Touring Routes.........................................................39 Things to know.........................................................40
Dalby and District Great race days, good coffee and our big cattle sales all make Dalby the epitome of modern country living. Meet us down the main street, walk with us along the Myall Creek trails through town and join us at one of our many country meets and events.
Dalby • Bell • Kaimkillenbun Dalby • 12,000
Bell • 300
Known simply as ‘The Crossing’ in the 1800s, we have grown due to the fertile black soil plains which surround us, making us one of the most productive agricultural regions in Australia. Some 12,000 people now call Dalby home. Dalby derives its name from ‘Dal’ meaning dale and ‘by’ meaning town, supposedly from a village on the Isle of Man, which was named by the Vikings from Dalby, Sweden.
A town of about 300 residents, nestled at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, we probably have the best panoramic views of the farming plains on the Western Downs. We take pride in our heritage and have refurbished our railway station and park.
Our main street, Cunningham Street, is where we like to meet, and if you are looking for a good cuppa there are numerous cafes and coffee shops, some open 7 days a week to welcome weary travellers. If you are driving in from the east along the Warrego Highway, just turn right at the first set of lights you come to when you enter town. History buffs will appreciate a visit to our Pioneer Park Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections of working tractors and agricultural machinery in Queensland. The museum also houses an impressive rock, mineral and fossil collection, and has a letter written by Ned Kelly, asking authorities to allow his mother to visit him in prison. Located not far from the museum are our saleyards where every Wednesday we have one of the largest single cattle sales in Australia. We invite you to view the fast paced auction selling. Lake Broadwater, located approximately 30km south-west of Dalby along the Moonie Highway, is a hive of Aussie bird life and other fauna. To keep fit, a favourite local walking spot is along Myall Creek which runs through town. Just follow the well-sealed track through town and parklands. You can also complete the self guided Heritage Walk where we’ve highlighted buildings from our early European history. Call into the Dalby Visitor Information Centre in Thomas Jack Park on the Warrego Highway for a map of the Heritage Walk and the attractions of town. Local artisans and producers sell local products here at the Visitor Information Centre and in several gift stores in town. One of the best times to visit us is when there is a race meet on the calendar. We host up to nine meets a year including the Dalby Picnic Races held in May. Come dressed in your ‘Sunday best’. If you are into horses, we host Australia’s largest Stock Horse Show and Sale every December. We boast a number of good motels, B&Bs and caravan parks. We recommend you book ahead to avoid disappointment. A well-kept secret for the ladies is the numerous beauty and hair salons in Dalby which offer good services at a fraction of the price you’ll pay in many inner city salons. The main street, Cunningham Street has a couple of well supported local fashion and gift boutiques including local handmade gifts, not to mention good shoe sales throughout the year.
Come and visit during our annual Show to observe historic engines in full swing or stay for the weekend for our race day. You will feel our community spirit in the air. We have well-kept camping, caravan and cabin accommodation available. Because we are small, you can easily stroll around town from the caravan park to the general store and have a coldie at the Bell View Hotel on the balcony overlooking the plains. You can enjoy a Devonshire tea at our Visitor Information Centre, located within the Bell Bunya Community Centre. Kaimkillenbun • 100 As the Queensland town with the longest single name you may have difficulty pronouncing our name, Kaimkillenbun, but that’s OK, you can just call it ‘The Bun’ like we do. Our town name is significant not just for its number of letters. Kaimkillenbun is a local aboriginal word signifying the rim of the moon coming over the horizon. We are just over 20km north from Dalby and enroute to the Bunya Mountains. You cannot miss the ‘Bun Pub’- where you can enjoy a cold drink, country meal and overnight stay. Our WWII soldiers spent their last night here at the pub before their departure and you can see their signatures on the wall. Our claims to fame include being the setting for the movie ‘Chase Through the Night’ which starred the up-andcoming Nicole Kidman and we are the birthplace of Olympic basket baller, John Dorge. Macalister Macalister is a major grain handling depot and coal loading facility, sometimes operating 24 hours a day. You can see the grain silos on the highway on your right heading west and the coal loading facility on your left. The coal crosses the highway overhead to the railway line on your right, transporting the ‘black gold’ and grain to export markets from the ports on the east coast of Queensland.
Dalby Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival Dalby’s Delicious and DeLIGHTful is a festival focusing on community collaboration and the growing cultural diversity in the area. The community Lantern Parade with 400+ lanterns made by individuals & community groups creates a visual spectacle and follows the entertainment and food of 16 cultures with a fireworks display as the finale. Music and dance is provided by local cultures with two or three star attractions from major centres inviting participation from all age groups. The setting is the beautiful Myall Creek. This festival is a greater attraction than usual multicultural events because the lantern parade is unique in the region.
Things to see and do... Take a walk along the picturesque Myall Creek Enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquil surroundings of Thomas Jack Park Visit Pioneer Park Museum and see a large collection of working tractors and agricultural machinery Enjoy an exhibition at the Gallery 107 @ Dalby Visit the Saleyards on a Wednesday and see one of the largest selling, single day cattle sales in Australia View The Crossing monument beside Myall Creek Sight the Cactoblastis Cairn, a monument recognizing the success of the Cactoblastis Moth Take a drive out to Lake Broadwater Conservation Park and do a spot of birdwatching or bushwalking Take the self-guided Heritage Walk and see some of Dalby’s historical buildings, homes and churches Visit Graz Art Gallery in the main street and see local artist Graeme McCullough at work Drive to the Bunya Mountains and see the largest stand of ancient Bunya Pines in the world today Admire the work of local artists at Bluebelles Art Gallery whilst enjoying a cuppa from the Coffee Shop Visit the Catholic Church in Bell and marvel at the series of murals painted by local artist Meg Cullen See a collection of restored engines at Popey’s Shed See the old railway station in Bell Heritage Parkland ...why not tick them off as you go
What to do in a day... Take a leisurely stroll down our main street and indulge yourself at one of our alfresco cafes, while enjoying the aromas lingering in the air. Give in to the temptations on offer in our local shops, from speciality country and local craft stores to modern clothing boutiques. Take time out to visit the Gallery 107 @ Dalby that often exhibits works of local and renowned artists.
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Head to Thomas Jack Park, an oasis of beautiful gardens and waterways, featuring a lovely rock waterfall. It’s the perfect place for a picnic lunch, or simply for a moment or two of relaxation. While you’re in the park, call in and see our friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre and browse our local arts and crafts. Be sure to collect your touring maps, bird watching and heritage trail brochures. Travel just 20 minutes west of town and see the scenic Lake Broadwater, a popular site for bird watching and bush walking. This beautiful natural environment offers a unique experience not to be missed.
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Jandowae and District From cattle country to $1 blocks of land, to Timbertown festivities and a pink pub, weâ€™re a vibrant small town located just over 30 minutes drive north-west of Dalby. We invite you to join us for a country meal at one of our three pubs.
Jandowae • Warra • Jimbour Jandowae • 1,000
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With just over 1,000 residents, we have fought hard to stop rural population decline to enable us to grow our small town. Back in 2001 we started the promotion of $1 blocks and received hundreds of applications from as far away as the USA, Hong Kong and England. Through this promotion we have stopped population decline and attracted new industry including a manufacturer of cattle ear tag readers who relocated from Brisbane.
We humorously quote in our local visitor brochure ‘Where’s Warra?’, blink, and you may miss us on the Warrego Highway.
...we started the promotion of $1 blocks and received hundreds of applications from as far away as the USA, Hong Kong and England... Our street scape is dominated by the ‘Top pub’, the ‘Middle pub’ and the ‘Bottom pub’, (with one painted pink) and many of our shop facades are from the 1950s. To mark the start of the Dingo Barrier Fence we erected a dingo sculpture in the centre of town and signposted the road so you can see it for yourself. This sculpture is enclosed by a replica of the original fence as it was in 1948. The Dingo Barrier Fence protects 26.5 million hectares of sheep and cattle grazing country in South East Queensland from the menace of dingoes and wild dogs and is patrolled weekly by maintenance teams. Historic Athlone Cottage (circa. 1890) housing pioneering memorabilia of the district, can be viewed in town across from Lions Park. Originally it had an ant bed dirt floor, compacted and painted white. Our town’s big event, the Jandowae Timbertown Festival, is held in June every second year. The next festival is in 2016, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead and join us. The festival will showcase a rodeo, fireworks, artshow, bush poetry and open air night celebrations. One of our best kept (but not intentional) secrets is our home made burgers available in town for around $5. Through sheer necessity and country resourcefulness, we have developed an unmanned petrol station that is accessible by anyone, 24 hours a day with most credit cards accepted.
A monument, erected in 2004, just west of town and a few metres from the original mine shaft, pays tribute to the first Government owned coal mine in Queensland and the miners who supplied coal to the steam trains that plied the ‘Western Line’ The mine was worked until 1919 when water seepage caused its closure. We have well-kept public amenities in our restored railway station on your right hand side if you are heading west on the Warrego. Community volunteers maintain our heritage display and hold country markets here on the second Saturday of the month at Richard Best Park. A great time to visit is on our annual Warra Race Day on the first Saturday in July where our population almost triples for the day and our friends from the city come to enjoy our country hospitality. Jimbour • 40 One of our, and Australia’s, great pastoral homesteads is located just twenty minutes from Dalby. Jimbour House is a magnificent example of our European pastoral heritage, including its own church, air craft hanger and air strip. The Station was featured in one of Australia’s first miniseries, ‘Return to Eden’. Still a residence, the owners, the Russell Family, welcome visitors to roam their gardens. We highly recommend you time your visit to coincide with Opera at Jimbour, where you can bring your picnic rug and Akubra and settle back for an afternoon to remember. The event is free and you only have to pay for parking which raises money for local charities. Affectionately known to locals as the ‘Jimbour Tractor’, a Clayton Shuttleworth sits proudly in our town, a testament to our early pioneers. It was the first tractor to plough the Jimbour Plain and it still goes!
Jandowae Timbertown Festival
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This biennial festival is a celebration of past and present. The rich timber heritage of the region is honoured, as the diverse industries and community groups of today come together to showcase the town in a festival.
Visit the historic Athlone Cottage
Record crowds flock to the event with highlights of the program including a craft show, street markets, live entertainment, rugby league, 20/20 cricket, yabbie races, golf and the Timbertown Rodeo Extravaganza.
Sight the northern start of the Dingo Barrier Fence, the longest man-made structure in the world
Opera at Jimbour
Collect a copy of our Birding Trails from the local visitor information centre and do a spot of bird watching
Opera at Jimbour is a biennial event hosted by the Queensland Music Festival in conjunction with Western Downs Regional Council and Jimbour Station. This ever-popular event is staged on the grounds of Jimbour Station; home to heritage-listed Jimbour House, one of the nation’s most gracious historical homes. The amphitheatre comes alive with the magnificent sounds of talented musicians, giving a performance that is enjoyed by thousands gathered on chairs and picnic blankets out on the lawn in front. Roving entertainers and a colourful array of market stalls displaying and selling local arts and produce make this event simply delightful. An assortment of food and drink vendors are on site to satisfy your hunger, or you can bring along your own picnic basket. This is a spectacular event not to be missed! 8
See the two metre tall Dingo Sculpture which takes pride of place in town behind a replica dingo fence
Take the Jandowae Heritage Walk featuring historical Athlone Cottage
Enjoy a day of fishing at Jandowae Dam, also a popular spot for swimming, skiing and boating Play a round of golf at the Jandowae Golf Club Visit the magnificent Jimbour House circa 1876 and stroll through the immaculately kept grounds Drop a line in at Warra Weir and try your luck catching a Yellowbelly or Crayfish Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music at Opera at Jimbour Join us in celebrating our timber heritage and come along to the Jandowae Timbertown Festival Pick up some mouth watering homemade Jams and Cakes at our monthly Jandowae Markets ...why not tick them off as you go
What to do in a day... Positioned on the banks of the Jandowae Creek, our historic Athlone Cottage precinct is a photographers paradise. Immerse yourself in local history as you step back in time perusing the 1890s cottage, continuing across the gardens. The grounds are a popular setting for wedding photos and community events. Nearby Lions Park is a peaceful spot to plan your day whilst enjoying a freshly brewed cuppa.
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Once you’re in town you’ll discover a Dingo Sculpture and a permanent public art wall panel near our Community and Cultural Centre. As you head off on a drive to the Dingo Barrier Fence, look down the country lanes and see crops, such as cotton, sorghum, wheat, barley and mung beans growing. Head for Jandowae Dam where locals are often seen launching their sail boats into the water on a hot summer day, or enjoy a spot of fishing before returning to town for that inevitable game of golf. When the weather’s mild, you can take a dip in the local swimming pool.
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Chinchilla and District We invite you to join us in the celebrations of one of Australiaâ€™s greatest country events, the Chinchilla Melon Festival, staged biennially. Whether you choose to have a go at melon skiing, setting a world record in melon smashing, or just be a spectator, this is a unique festival not to be missed.
Chinchilla • Brigalow • Kogan Chinchilla • 5,700
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Based in the heart of our Western Downs is the town of Chinchilla. We are renowned for our Melon Festival which is celebrated in February every second year. From world records in melon smashing, the hilarious melon bungee and skiing, to melon chef competitions and demonstrations, this event really captures our strong community spirit. We have visitors from all over Australia and internationally join in the activities, which are open for everyone to participate.
A small settlement on the Warrego Highway, our town is dominated by grain silos. The Brigalow General Store is our local newsagent, video store, post office and local café, serving all day breakfasts and legendary burgers.
Local historians tell us our town name is based on the Aboriginal word ‘jinchilla’ which is the indigenous word for the termite resistant Cypress Pine. Our endemic Chinchilla White Gum and wattle trees are also well-known by Aussie botanists. ...our town name is based on the Aboriginal word ‘jinchilla’ which is the indigenous word for the termite resistant Cypress Pine... When you drive into town you can easily tap into some local knowledge at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre based on the Warrego Highway. Here you’ll discover where you can fossick for the rare ‘Chinchilla Red’ petrified wood. Be sure to enquire about Charley’s Creek Riverside Walk, the Chinchilla Weir and of course the Chinchilla Historical Museum, which houses an impressive Cypress Pine Interpretive Centre and Wongongerra Cottage. Most importantly we would like to invite you to visit our main street, which you won’t find on the highway. The volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre can point you in the right direction. While you are at the centre take a look at our research books, bush poetry, and works by local authors as-well-as our arts and crafts. You can also enjoy a Devonshire Tea before heading down our beautiful tree-lined main street where you’ll find our Cultural Centre which features the Chinchilla White Gums Gallery, a state of the art cinema, and the public library. Take some time out of your busy sight-seeing schedule to stroll our main street, visit our shopping centre and do a bit of country shopping or enjoy a light lunch. ...enjoy a Devonshire Tea before heading down our beautiful tree-lined main street... If you need a break from the car, we can highly recommend our walking tracks through the town and our Aquatic and Fitness Centre which is open all year round. The centre boasts a well-appointed gym, heated 25 metre indoor pool, a 50m Olympic pool and a children’s pool.
During summer and autumn you can also buy melons and pumpkins at our roadside farm gate at a fraction of the price you would pay in a supermarket. Our strong German heritage is evident in the Brigalow Lutheran Cemetery, which is the final resting place of many of our pioneering ancestors. Look out for the Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall enroute to Chinchilla. Adjacent to the hall is a rest stop with an interpretative sign detailing how we eradicated the prickly pear last century. Although the hall is not open to the public, the significance of the building and it’s fascinating story displayed out front, is well worth a look.
Kogan • 40 We are really proud to say that Kogan was once home to Aussie artist and legend, Hugh Sawrey. As a community we have embraced our hero, paying tribute by developing a Hugh Sawrey Walkway featuring fantastic statues. ...we have embraced our hero... Our original Australia Post Office, now a private residence, features Hugh Sawrey paintings on its ceilings. We also have a pub, a service station with a cafe, playground and a rest stop. Probably our biggest gathering of the year is the popular Art@Kogan festival where you can view and purchase creations by local artists and enjoy a camp fire meal under the stars. While you’re in the area, don’t miss a unique opportunity to visit the Kogan Creek Power Station Viewing Platform. It‘s located approximately halfway between the towns of Brigalow and Kogan. The viewing platform features interpretive signs that will help you understand and appreciate the huge scale of the energy industry in our region. The view from the platform is quite magnificent at night time. 11
Chinchilla Melon Festival
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Oh no, you’ve just missed it, but don’t worry it’s on again in 2015 and we promise that the next Chinchilla Melon Festival will be bigger and better than ever! Our festival has always been about fun and 2015 will be no different, featuring all the usual activities and more.
Visit Chinchilla Historical Museum and see the impressive Cypress Pine Interpretive Centre
The festival will kick off with the classic Family Fun Day, featuring a colourful street parade, markets and the everpopular melon games. Our melon games are loved by locals and visitors alike. The melon skiing always attracts a large number of participants and it’s a real hit with spectators too. Old favourites, melon bungee and melon pip spitting are also big hits with the crowd. Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft The Chinchilla Campdraft has been held at the Chinchilla Showgrounds since 1947. In 1966, a Grandfather Clock was donated for first prize, giving the campdraft it’s name and a prize that is still highly sought after today. Held in October each year, the event is part of the Australian Campdraft Association’s schedule and is one of 3 major tournaments held in Queensland attracting competitors from all over Australia. Come and see the skill of the competitors and their horses. The trial of strength between man, horse and beast is sure to be an exciting spectacle. 12
Enjoy an exhibition at Chinchilla White Gums Gallery Take a drive out to Chinchilla Weir and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grassy banks Read the interpretive signs along Charley’s Creek Riverside Park and learn more about our town Delve into the past and take a leisurely stroll through Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery Visit Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre and enjoy a Devonshire Tea while browsing local art and craft Read the Leichhardt Monument displaying explorer Ludwig Leichhardt’s travels through the region Go fossicking for Chinchilla Red, a rare petrified wood Drop in a line at Archer’s Crossing Learn all about the success of the Cactoblastis Moth at Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall View the Bug Farm Monument at the breeding site of the Cactoblastis cactorum Visit Brigalow Lutheran Cemetery and view the resting place of Brigalow’s early settlers See the monuments inspired by artist Hugh Sawrey along the Hugh Sawrey Walkway at Kogan Take in the view from the Kogan Creek Power Station viewing platform ...why not tick them off as you go
What to do in a day... Our impressive Aquatic and Fitness Centre in the heart of town has heated or outdoor facilities for you to commence your day with an invigorating swim or workout. Our scenic tree-lined main street has opportunities for you to browse the temptations. Treating yourself to our country goods can be a rewarding experience. The freshly brewed coffee nearby will have your tastebuds buzzing.
We recommend you visit these destinations in Chinchilla
A scenic drive with your picnic lunch will lead you to the Chinchilla Weir, home to the local water ski club and a popular setting for campers in the tranquil surroundings. As you venture back to town be sure to call into the Bug Farm Monument, taking note of the fossicking site for your next trip of course! Proud of our timber heritage, we recently built an impressive Cypress Pine Interpretive Centre in the grounds of the Chinchilla Historical Museum.
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Tara and District From oil wells, our camel and yabbie races, to B&S Balls and botanic gardens of rare Australian flora, our district gives travellers a unique and different experience. We reckon itâ€™s because weâ€™re off the major highways, but less than an hours drive from Dalby and Chinchilla.
Tara • Meandarra • Moonie • Glenmorgan Tara • 1,000
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We’re a small rural town off the main highways south of the Warrego Highway. You can reach us directly from Dalby or Chinchilla. Our lagoon is a fitness precinct, a popular local site for walking and cycling. Along the interpretive walkway is an abundance of birdlife creating an ideal site for fishing and camping. Take the ‘Tara Yesteryears by Shank’s Pony’ tour to discover some things about us you may not know. Original Hugh Sawrey paintings can be seen in the Commercial Hotel and we’re home to Barbara Geisel, an internationally acclaimed wool artist. If you really want to experience life on the Western Downs we recommend you join in on one of our many celebrations such as our art showcase, campdrafts, polocrosse, gymkhanas, horse racing and sheep dog trails. You’ll be surprised by the different ethnic backgrounds that make up our community. To celebrate our diversity, we’ve tied camel races in with a festival of culture. Many of us cook our national dishes at this event and we offer free camping for visitors. Check out our calendar of events to get the dates of our celebrations.
We may be named ‘the End of the Line’ at the railway station, but our community spirit is alive and well. Don’t miss Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum with vehicles from the 1920s to 1960s. If you’ve never been to a botanic garden in the bush, then visit us at Myall Park Botanic Garden, an internationally recognised botanic garden. Over the years our founder David Gordon and numerous volunteers have developed an unusual botanic garden of semi-arid flora, some of which were developed here, including the Robyn Gordon Grevillea.
Meandarra • 100 We’re a small community on the banks of the Brigalow Creek, a popular camping location where you’re welcome to share in our fishing (as long as you only take what you eat), view the koalas and our rare water lilies. One thing you won’t miss in town is the ANZAC Memorial Museum where we’ve spent over 30 years collecting military artefacts from our local war veterans, including a Canberra Bomber, Grant Tank and a Water Buffalo from the South West Pacific Campaign. Enjoy our local humour and have your photo taken with ‘Me and Darra’ a statue located just outside the museum. Get an insight into the courting life of country bachelors and spinsters and head to the Meandarra Crazy Cockies B&S Ball, don’t forget the black tie!
Moonie • 40 You can’t miss us, as we’re one of the only major cross roads from Dalby through to Outback Queensland & New South Wales. We have a superb petrol station and pub stop with affordable meals and good accommodation. Don’t forget to read the funnies painted on our toilet doors. Across the road is the Rural Transaction Centre consisting of local arts and crafts and an interpretative signage walkway of our town and oil history. What you may not notice initially is our oil field-the first of Australia’s commercial fields, established back in 1961. The Moonie Yabbie Races are a great time to visit, so join us with a tab on the race and a coldie as we overlook a brilliant Western Downs sunset and discuss the giant cod we’re going to catch tomorrow.
Our art gallery is a nice retreat from the midday sun. We’re off the beaten track, so follow the signs 7km north-west of Glenmorgan. You can bring your van, camp or stay in an onsite cottage or the renovated shearer’s quarters.
The Gums A small settlement and an iconic crossroads to the west of Tara with a petrol station. Take a break here and call your friends and tell them, ‘we’re just at The Gums’.
Hannaford Originally called Red Hill, we’re renamed after settler Samuel Hannaford and located north-west of the Gums. We have a historic museum and if you love horses, bring your family to our annual Gymkhana and family fun day.
Inglestone We’re a small settlement about 40km south of Meandarra. Try your swing on our 9 hole rural golf course.
Westmar Our town name was derived from a fuel depot owned by the Western and Maranoa Transport companies. The first half of Western and Maranoa were joined to form Westmar. See the larrikin murals painted on our water tanks.
Flinton In Flinton we’re a nice quiet rural settlement where you’re welcome to camp on the banks of the Moonie River. But watch out over the Easter long weekend when we really let our hair down at the Flinton Races, dubbed the ‘Melbourne Cup of the West’. 15
Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races
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Join us in a 3 day celebration of multiculturalism, with our biennial Festival of Culture & Camel Races. It’s a jam packed weekend featuring cuisine from around the world, cultural entertainment, camel racing and much more. Get into the spirit of the festival and wear your favourite cultural costume to our Friday night do. The excitement continues through Saturday and Sunday with performing arts, music, demonstrations, roving entertainers, creative arts, team challenges and more.
Take a stroll through Tara Lagoon Parklands adjoining Settlers Park and the Walk of Remembrance Garden
Bloomin’ Creative Showcase Join us in August for our professional one week biennial showcase of local arts, ranging from paintings, silver and beaded jewellery, wooden carved figures, wool pictures, photography, floral arrangements, cross stitch, pottery and quilt display. You’ll be inspired by the creations of our working artisans! Moonie Yabbie Races As the crowd of up to 350 people unite at the Moonie Sports Club in their fine fashion flair of colour, the local yabbies are in the docks awaiting for their first leg of 8 races. Our annual November activity is a fun filled popular event with a big screen to ensure you don’t miss the winning race, particularly the Moonie Cup! Grab a syndicate of 6-10 friends and buy one of our fine bred yabbies, to be part of the auctioneers call. 16
Learn all about the proud history of the area with a visit to the Tara & District Historical Museum by appointment, phone 07 4665 3325 Ask us about the collection of Hugh Sawrey Paintings on display at the Commercial Hotel See Barbara Geisel Wool Pictures by appointment, phone 0428 653 450 Take the Meacle Family Walkway along Brigalow Creek and see rare water lilies and maybe even a koala Visit the Tara Scout Den, a replica of the first scout cabin built in the United Kingdom Explore the history of Tara and take the Yesteryears by Shanks Pony tour of town Visit Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum and browse an extensive collection of local military history Take the Moonie Heritage Trail Marvel at the larrikin murals at Moonie Crossroads Enjoy 130 hectares of internationally recognised garden at Myall Park Botanic Garden Stop at Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum and behold the large collection of restored vintage cars Visit the Historic Railway Siding ‘End of the Line’ in Glenmorgan and learn all about the town’s past Learn the history of Hannaford at Hannaford Museum ...why not tick them off as you go
What to do in a day... Start your morning venture at Tara Lagoon Parklands by taking the Tara Lagoon Walkway. Take time to admire the birdlife and discover more about the natural environment by reading the interpretative panels set alongside the path. Reward yourself with a freshly brewed coffee at one of our cafes, whilst you plan the rest of your day. Drop into the Customer Service Centre and collect a copy of our self guided tour, Tara Yesteryears Trail by Shanks Pony and discover the town’s characteristics of days gone by.
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Purchase a picnic lunch from one of our local eateries and relax in the attractive native garden of Grevillea Park while you choose how to explore the outer surrounding area. Our friendly locals will be keen to say g’day, so stop and hear a yarn or two. Don’t forgot to visit our local stores and peruse the merchandise, you might be surprised at what you find. Pay your respects to our local diggers by strolling through the Walk of Remembrance Garden, continuing across the bridge into Settlers Park, where you can capture the perfect snapshot of one of our striking sunsets in the background of the lagoon.
Tara Lagoon Walkway
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Hugh Sawrey Paintings (Commercial Hotel)
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Barbara Geisel Wool Pictures
Tara Scout Den
Moonie is home to Australia’s first commercial oil field. It’s said the art work in the Commercial Hotel in Tara by renowned Aussie painter, Hugh Sawrey, were painted by the artist himself in order to retain his ute at the time.
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Miles and District Experience the vibrancy of our district by joining us at our Beef, Bells and Bottle Tree Festival, a month long showcase. Walk the â€˜main streetâ€™ of the unique Miles Historical Village and Museum and immerse yourself in culture at Dogwood Crossing.
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We were established on a track blazed by the explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt. Our town was known as ‘Dogwood Crossing’ before it was changed in 1878 in honour of William Miles. For a small country town we are sure you will be impressed by our A-class regional art gallery, housed in the cultural hub of our community, Dogwood Crossing Miles. The gallery is testament to our active and vibrant local arts community. The unusual architecture of Dogwood Crossing Miles dominates our main street. Dogwood Crossing Miles also houses our library and IT centre where you can access the internet.
‘Good times on the banks of the Condamine’ pretty much sums us up with our township located on the Condamine River. We are the birthplace of the Condamine ‘Bullfrog’ Bell, which was initially designed and made here back in 1868. You can take a photo with the giant replica we have erected in Condamine Bell Park.
The Miles Historical Village Museum houses over thirty restored buildings filled with authentic memorabilia. When you walk the main street of the Village you can imagine what life was like over one hundred years ago. A huge shell display, world class lapidary display, and extensive War Museum also ensure that our past is well preserved for future generations. ...imagine what life was like over one hundred years ago... Spring is when the landscape really comes alive with an abundant wildflower display. Follow our self-drive tours to see the wildflowers in season. You can pick up a guide at the Visitor Information Centre located at the Miles Historical Village Museum. To stretch the legs, stroll along the Dogwood Creek Walking Track, which starts at Chinaman’s Lagoon, to see rare pink water lilies and the original town cemetery. If you’re keen for something unique you can stay overnight at Possum Park, north of Miles en-route to Wandoan. It was the site of a top secret bomb store in World War II, but has now been converted into unique self-contained accommodation, a caravan park, and ample camping area. If you are an avid news reader you will already know that Miles falls within an energy province known as the “Surat Basin”. Evidence of the plentiful natural gas resource that lies beneath us can be seen from the road as you drive through our district. If you are passing through at night, keep your eye out for the bright lights of the Condamine Power Station, located 8kms east of Miles. Collect guides to all our drives, walks, eateries and other accommodation at the Miles Visitor Information Centre.
We’re rugby mad in Condamine with three local rugby teams. Not bad considering our town population is only about 135 people. Join us to watch the Condamine Cods at a weekend match. Cattle production is significant in our region. You can experience life on a cattle property with an overnight stay at Nelgai Farm B&B.
Dulacca • 120 We are located directly west of Drillham on the Warrego Highway. Our town was also established when the railway was being built and was named after nearby Dulacca Station. Believe it or not, our ancestors were some of Australia’s first ‘greenies’. We were the site of the first push to eradicate the prickly pear, when the government of the day had a reward of 40,000 hectares of land to anyone that could restore their land to its original state. ...our ancestors were some of Australia’s first ‘greenies’...
Drillham • 70 Heading west on the Warrego Highway, from Miles, the first settlement you will come to is Drillham. Drillham Creek provided water for steam locomotives for the railway. Today the creek is more fondly used by locals as a fishing spot. Around Drillham we grow a wide variety of grain crops including sorghum and wheat. Our locally grown livestock is well known in the cattle industry. If you don’t know what sorghum looks like, it’s a summer crop with copper colour bulbs and cattle love to eat it.
Beef, Bells & Bottle Tree Festival
Things to see and do...
Is a month long biennial festival showcasing the vitality of our district. The festival aims to celebrate and promote a sense of community for residents and visitors to Miles and District. It encompasses a variety of exciting activities capturing arts, culture, heritage, education, sport, agriculture and environment. Beef, Bells & Bottle Tree Festival has something for everyone, so come and join in the fun!
Visit Miles Historical Village Museum and marvel at the streetscape of replica and authentic buildings
Condamine Rodeo & Campdraft Hosted by a small community, the Condamine Rodeo & Campdraft is a huge event drawing crowds and competitors from across the state. Held in October each year, the weekend program includes a rodeo and campdraft followed by live entertainment, that goes well into the night. The Condamine Rodeo & Campdraft one of the most popular events on the circuit. Camping facilities are available for those wanting to camp on site.
Spend some time at Dogwood Crossing, the hub of Miles housing the local art gallery, IT centre and library Take the walk along Chinaman’s Lagoon and see a splendid display of rare pink water lilies (seasonal) Enjoy the tranquility of Dogwood Creek by taking the Dogwood Creek Walking Track Follow the Gurulmundi Wildflower Trail and see native wildflowers in bloom (seasonal) Go fishing at Dogwood Creek or Gil Weir See a large replica of the famous Condamine ‘Bullfrog’ Bell at Condamine Bell Park Camp overnight at Caliguel Lagoon and enjoy a spot of fishing the next day Drop a line in the Condamine River See the monument commemorating those lost in past floods at the Condamine Flood Boat Historical Site Stop and rest at Roy Henderson Park and find the Dulacca War Memorial Delve into Drillham’s past and visit the Drillham Creek Historical Site Find a shady spot and throw a line into Drillham Creek ...why not tick them off as you go
What to do in a day... Awaken to the sweet singing of birds at sunrise enticing you to explore our outdoors. As you stroll along Chinaman’s Lagoon you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the breathtaking rare pink water lilies nestled in a backdrop of picturesque beauty. The aromatic flavours of homestyle country cooking at one of our friendly eateries will satisfy your appetite as you head into an adventurous day in our town. Our state of the art cultural centre, Dogwood Crossing Miles, offers a relaxing environment as you wander through our most recent exhibition in the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery, or hear of our local tales.
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As you return from your evening meal, absorb the blue hallow of Dogwood Crossing Miles, with its prominent features showcased against the stunning night sky and crystal clear stars.
Treat yourself to a deserving cuppa and delights nearby in our famous bakery, before discovering the original town cemetery along the peaceful Dogwood Creek Walking Track. A packed picnic lunch in a local park provides the ideal opportunity to plan your Miles Self Drive Tour for the following day. We’re proud of our Miles Historical Village Museum, which has one of the country’s most diverse displays of historical buildings and possessions.
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Wandoan and District Follow the footsteps of the daring explorer along the Leichhardt Highway as you head north from Miles. We have a productive grain and cattle industry and we are home to an ancient landscape where rare petrified tree fern can be found. Make this a stop enroute to Isla Gorge.
Wandoan • Guluguba Wandoan • 400 Ludwig Leichhardt passed through here on foot nearly 200 years ago, but lucky for you, we are now only a short car trip north from Miles on the Leichhardt Highway. You can’t miss us when you see the iconic Windmill across from the colourful mural on our main water tank. Meet Mick the Dog in O’Sullivan Park and learn his story which made him a local hero. Following Leichhardt’s glowing reports of the region, a land grab followed and resulted in Juandah Station and the development of a vibrant grain and cattle industry. Originally known as ‘Juandah’, our town was renamed Wandoan in 1926 and grew significantly after World War II when large tracts of fertile Brigalow country were offered in the Soldier Settler Land Ballots of the 1950s. Our ‘town scape’ is dominated by grain silos which held the large production of wheat and sorghum once grown in the region. ...Originally known as ‘Juandah’, our town was renamed Wandoan in 1926... In recent years the area surrounding Wandoan has proven to host a rich deposit of coal, and consequent investment from international resource companies has seen the community of Wandoan develop. In the near future we will experience significant change. Coal Seam Gas exploration is currently underway with Coal exploration, and other major projects envisaged for our area including the ‘missing link’ Surat Basin Joint Venture which will connect us to the Port of Gladstone via rail. Drop in and see us at the Wandoan Information Centre located in the old railway station building at the windmill and ask about our heritage trail which includes 23 points of interest, including the Waterloo Plain Environmental Park and the Juandah Historical Site. Waterloo Plain Environmental Park is an 11 hectare park with a large dam teeming with birdlife. You are welcome to park your caravan here for a night and enjoy the wetlands surrounded by native and locally occurring vegetation. Juandah Heritage Site contains original buildings from Juandah Station and many very interesting displays showcasing the history of the Wandoan area. Learn about the exploits of Ludwig Leichhardt in the area or the very interesting stories of the Solider Settler blocks. Wandoan is an active sporting community with immaculate facilities that play host to many national and state championships.
We pride ourselves on our local Showgrounds which cater for a range of sports and community groups including polocrosse, rodeo and campdraft, our famous Wandoan Diggers Race Day and our local pony club. A good time to visit is during April when we play host to the Bucking for Cancer Rodeo, a huge event for our small community which really captures our country hospitality. A monument worth seeing in our town is our Heritage Rock. This huge piece of local sandstone with its decorative face is placed in the courtyard of our Cultural Centre. The history of the district is depicted on its face. The ceramic figures were crafted by local artists using local ochre to colour their clay. The story unfolds from the top left hand side with the arrival of Leichhardt, the settling of ‘Juandah Station’ by the Royds family and the eventual appearance of mail and passenger coaches. Under one of the trees sits ‘Mick’ the cattle dog, who saved his master’s life on ‘Juandah Station’ by running home with a message scratched on a tobacco tin tucked under his collar after his master had a bad fall from his horse. The story of the Prickly Pear and it’s eradication is also depicted on the face of the rock.
Guluguba • 10 We are a small settlement on the Leichhardt Highway and home to just over forty families in the district. Our closest neighbour is Wandoan. We are known for our cattle and grain production and have a great little school which has been in operation for close to 100 years. If you venture down the Downfall Creek Road from Guluguba, you will find the St Johns Downfall Creek Lutheran Church, which was built in 1931. This is the heart of an active community and has been a place of worship for many of the farmers who pioneered the area through the prickly pear menace to what it is now. The early pioneers developed the area producing crops such as cotton, grain, and olives. Most households had very productive market gardens and some sold produce to feed the railway fettlers in Guluguba. Downfall Creek Church remains a lively congregation with its own hall and cemetery. ...a great little school which has been in operation for close to 100 years...
Wandoan Diggers Race Day
Things to see and do...
Held in June each year at the superb facilities that are the Wandoan Showgrounds, Wandoan Diggers Race Day attracts visitors from all across the Western Downs region.
Enjoy 11 hectares of immaculately kept wetlands at Waterloo Plain Environmental Park
A blur of colour and fashion, our annual race day is a popular event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
...A blur of colour and fashion... With live entertainment provided to keep patrons well past the last race of the day, Wandoan Diggers Race Day is a real crowd pleaser! Bucking for Cancer Rodeo Another major event for the community of Wandoan, the Bucking for Cancer Rodeo showcases our country hospitality and generosity, raising valuable funds for cancer research. A family friendly event held in April each year, our local rodeo draws a crowd of between 800 and 1,500 people, depending on how many events we can squeeze into the day! Every second year, the Bucking for Cancer Rodeo hosts a full array of rodeo events making it a popular choice for those travelling the circuit. Camping facilities are available for those wanting to stay overnight. 24
Learn about explorer Ludwig Leichhart’s exploration of the Wandoan District at Juandah Historical Site Discover the heroic story of Mick the Dog at Wandoan’s family friendly O’Sullivan Park Browse through a unique blend of arts, crafts and information at the Wandoan Visitor Information Centre Explore the town and its rich history by taking the selfguided Heritage Trail featuring 23 points of interest Do a spot of birdwatching at Waterloo Plain Environmental Park where birdlife are in abundance Find a shady spot along Juandah Creek and try your luck at catching a Yellow belly (Golden Perch) See Wandoan’s social history captured in colourful murals throughout the town Bet on a horse or two at our annual Wandoan Diggers Race Day Come along and feel the excitement of watching the Bucking for Cancer Rodeo held in April each year Join the locals in watching the Polocrosse Carnival held in June each year at the Wandoan Showgrounds Enjoy a great day of football with the Lindsay Williams Shield held in February each year
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What to do in a day... As the early morning rises over the wetlands of Waterloo Plain, you’ll discover the abundant birdlife bathing and scourging through the reeds for their first meal of the day. Capture the ultimate picture of our various species in the hideaway hut nestled between the landscape, before venturing uptown to one of our friendly eateries for your well deserved freshly brewed coffee.
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O’Sullivan Park is home to ‘Mick the Dog’s’ heroic story and a craft shop complete with local products ranging from petrified tree fern to quilting. We have an open decking, where you can rest for a while to plan your future days of activities in our region with brochures from the attached Visitor Information Centre. We may be a small community, yet our pride is evident as you appreciate the amazing gallery space and stone interpretative touch panel at our Cultural Centre. For a lunch that will tempt your taste buds, call into the local pub or café before strolling down our characteristic main street. You can also follow the footsteps of our ancestors, by walking our Heritage Trail.
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Birdwatchers spotted a whopping 30 species of birds in just 30 minutes at Waterloo Plain Environmental Park.
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Juandah Historical Site offers a relaxing setting allowing you to discover Leichhardt’s journey and amazing stories of the Soldier Settlers at your leisure.
Events Calendar Our Western Downs boasts an exciting and colourful calendar of events each year. From major events and festivals to intimate race days, itâ€™s the best time to visit! Our local monthly markets are also well worth a browse.
March Dalby Newmarket Race Day
Jandowae Timbertown Festival Warra Race Day Tara Polocrosse Carnival Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum Annual Bike Ride Wandoan Diggers Race Day Wandoan Polocrosse Carnival
Australia Day Celebrations
Bell Show, Rodeo & Campdraft Jandowae Show
Dalby WHK Saints Race Day
Chinchilla Race Day
Bell Camel Races
Chinchilla Melon Festival (2015)
Chinchilla Polocrosse Carnival
Meandarra Crazy Cockies B&S Ball
Hannaford/The Gums Campdrat
Miles Picnic Race Day
Wandoan Lindsay Williams Shield Football Carnival
ANZAC Day Services Dalby Show Chinchilla Race Day Chinchilla Smoked Fish Junior Fishing Competition Chinchilla Glider Competition Flinton Race Day Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum Open Day Wandoan Show Wandoan Bucking for Cancer Rodeo
May Dalby Picnic Race Day Dalby Pioneer Park Museum Annual Field Days Chinchilla Show Glenmorgan Campdraft Miles Show 26
Miles Jazz in the Garden
Opera at Jimbour (2015)
Miles Historical Village Museum Anniversary Day Miles Theatre Performances Miles Country Music Spectacular
October Art at Kogan (2015) Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft Tara Race Day Miles Rodeo Condamine Campdraft
August Chinchilla Mayorâ€™s Charity Concert Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races (2015)
November Chinchilla Race Day Chinchilla Lions Mardi Gras Moonie Yabbie Races
Myall Park Botanic Garden Open Day
Dalby Annual Stock Horse Sale
Tara Bloomin Creative Showcase
Dalby Community Christmas & Carols by Candlelight
September Dalby Delicious & DeLIGHTful Dalby Plough Inn Cup Race Day Dalby Spring Garden Week Meandarra Show Miles Beef, Bells & Bottle Tree Festival
Chinchilla Cup Race Day Miles Craft + Design = Art Exhibition
For the latest information on events and festivals in our region, check online at www.wdrc.qld.gov.au
Miles Christmas Street Carnival Carols by Candlelight at Miles Historical Village Miles Affordable Christmas Crafts
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our western downs in 3 days! A great way to spend a long weekend...
There are plenty of things to see and do in our western downs, but we understand that sometimes you only have a few days to get away. So weâ€™ve come up with 6 one day itineraries you can choose from, allowing you to experience the best our region has to offer.
Suggested Itineraries Dalby and District
Tara and District
Take a tour of Dalby Town Dalby to Bell - 40km Drive to the Bell Bunya Community Centre Have a cuppa and admire the art at Bluebelles Art Gallery See a collection of restored engines at Popey’s Shed Visit the Catholic Church and marvel at the murals Drive to Cody’s Hill and enjoy the panoramic views Bell to Bunya Mountains - 40km Take one of the many walking trails Bunya Mountains to Kaimkillenbun - 37km Get to know a local at the The Bun Pub Kaimkillenbun to Dalby - 25km Watch the sunset from the banks of the Myall Creek
Tara to Meandarra - 66km Drive to Meandarra Explore the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum Have your photo taken with the ‘Me and Darra’ Statue Take a walk along the Meacle Family Walkway Meandarra to Glenmorgan - 19km Head out to Glenmorgan Wander through the grounds of Myall Park Botanic Garden View the End of the Line historic railway siding Admire Antiques and Collectables at Glenmorgan Store Check out Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum Glenmorgan to Tara - 85km Finish the day with a walk along Tara Lagoon Walkway
Jandowae and District
Miles and District
Wander through the Athlone Cottage precinct Check out our 2m tall Dingo Sculpture Watch the locals at play on Jandowae Dam Head out of town and see the Dingo Barrier Fence Spend some quality time at one of our local hotels Jandowae to Jimbour - 25km Sight the old Jimbour Tractor Wander through the lovingly restored Jimbour Cemetery Enjoy the splendor of historic Jimbour House and gardens Jimbour to Jandowae - 25km Return to Jandowae for a great pub meal
Miles to Drillham - 20km Drive to Drillham View the Drillham Creek Historical Sites Drillham to Dulacca - 22km Travel on to Dulacca See the Dulacca War Memorial at Roy Henderson Park Dulacca to Condamine - 75km Drive to Condamine via Dulacca South Road See the big bullock bell standing tall in Condamine Bell Park View the Condamine Flood Boat Historical Site Condamine to Miles - 33km Drive back to Miles Enjoy a relaxing time alongside Chinaman’s Lagoon Take a walk on the Dogwood Creek Walking Track Experience everything on offer at Dogwood Crossing Miles Spend an afternoon at Miles Historical Village Museum
Total Distance - 142km
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Chinchilla and District Total Distance - 118km
Chinchilla to Brigalow - 19km Stop at Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall Brigalow to Kogan - 40km Visit the Kogan Creek Power Station viewing platform See the metal sculptures along the Hugh Sawrey Walkway Visit the Historic Kogan Hotel Admire the art display at Kogan Community Hall Kogan to Chinchilla - 59km See the locals fishing at Archer’s Crossing Walk the banks of the mighty Condamine River Head out to Chinchilla Weir and see the locals at play Try your luck at the Gaske and Bells Fossicking Sights Stop in at the Bug Farm Monument Enjoy an evening stroll along Charley’s Creek Walkway
Total Distance - 170km
Total Distance - 150km
Wandoan and District Total Distance - 134km
Miles to Wandoan - 69km Drive to the Wandoan Visitor Information Centre Walk the Heritage Trail and learn more about the town Enjoy the surroundings at Waterloo Plain Environmental Park Visit the Juandah Historical Site Wandoan to Gurulmundi - 36km Take the Gurulmundi Wildflowers (seasonal) Self Drive Tour Gurulmundi to Miles - 29km Unwind with a walk along Dogwood Creek Walking Track 29
Motels/Hotels Bunya Vista Boutique Townhouses Country Pathfinder Motor Inn Dalby Fairway Motor Inn Dalby Homestead Motel Dalby Homestyle Accommodation Dalby Hotel Motel (Hoey Moey) Dalby Manor Motor Inn Dalby Mid Town Motor Innv Dalby Parkview Motel Drovers Motor Inn Gallery Motor Inn (The) 30
Location Bunya Street, Dalby 62 Condamine Street, Dalby 34 Myall Street, Dalby 27 Drayton Street, Dalby 84, 86, 88 & 90 Nicholson Street, Dalby 2 Cunningham Street, Dalby Cnr Pratten & Drayton Streets, Dalby 58-60 Condamine Street, Dalby 31 Drayton Street, Dalby 87 Drayton Street, Dalby 128 Drayton Street, Dalby
Phone 4662 2578 4662 4433 4662 2255 4662 5722 4669 6963 4662 5020 4662 1011 4662 6400 4662 3222 4669 0444 4662 2300
164 Hayden Street, Dalby
0419 700 757
Kobbers Motor Inn Mary's Commercial Hotel Motel Myall Windsor Hotel Motel Bellview Hotel The Bun Pub Club Hotel Exchange Hotel Jandowae Hotel Motel Acacia Motel Central Motor Inn Chinchilla Downtown Motor Inn Chinchilla Great Western Motor Inn Chinchilla Motel Chinchilla Motor Inn & Park Chinchilla Palms Motor Inn Chinchilla White Gums Motor Inn Commercial Hotel Motel Commercial Hotel Tara Hotel Motel Tara Spa Apartments Glenmorgan Bottle Tree Inn Meandarra Motel Meandarra Royal Hotel Moonie Crossroads Roadhouse & Hotel/Motel Club Hotel Motel (The) Westmar Roadhouse Hotel/Motel Golden West Motor Inn
37A Nicholson Street, Dalby 124 Cunningham Street, Dalby Cnr Myall & Drayton Streets, Dalby 32 Patrick Street, Dalby 29 Dennis Street, Bell 72 Moffatt Street, Kaimkillenbun 29 George Street, Jandowae 41 High Street, Jandowae 32 High Street, Jandowae 96 Glasson Street, Chinchilla 131 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 60 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 52-62 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla 65-69 Downes Road, Chinchilla 45-51 Park Street (via Wondai Road), Chinchilla 64-70 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla Cnr Warrego Highway & King Street, Chinchilla 17 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla 35 Day Street, Tara 1 Baddleys Lane, Tara 18 Milne Street, Tara Cnr Godfrey & Lorna Streets, Glenmorgan Sara Street, Meandarra 3 Sara Street, Meandarra Cnr Moonie & Leichhardt Highways, Moonie 893 Moonie Highway, Westmar 18447 Moonie Highway, Westmar 50 Murilla Street, Miles
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55 Murilla Street, Miles 47 Hawkins Street, Miles 11 Murilla Street, Miles 90 Murilla Street, Miles 39 Murilla Street, Miles 29 Murilla Street, Miles 97 Murilla Street, Miles 9-11 Marian Street, Miles Wambo Street, Condamine Cnr Glynn Avenue & Bell Street, Dulacca 17 Henderson Road, Wandoan Cnr Royd & Lawton Streets, Wandoan Henderson Road, Wandoan
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Farm Stays and B&B’s Leslie House B&B Bimbimbi & Little Hollow Farm Stay Flag Springs Artists Bush Retreat Hopelands Pastoral Property Stay Laurels of Chinchilla (The) Maggie's Farm Nelgai Farm B&B
Location 2 New Street, Dalby Greenswamp Road, Chinchilla 11315 Auburn Road, Chinchilla 306 Doherty's Road, Chinchilla 15 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla 58 Rodger Street, Chinchilla 94 Nelgai Road, Condamine
Phone 4669 7183 4665 8289 4665 1122 4669 1617 4669 1021 4669 1116 4627 7124
Caravan Parks Dalby Tourist Park Pioneer Caravan Village Glasby's Caravan Park Bells 'N' Whistles Accommodation Park Jandowae Accommodation Park Chinchilla Motor Inn & Park Chinchilla Showgrounds Chinchilla Tourist Park Cypress Pines Caravan Park Tara Caravan Park Myall Park Botanic Garden Meandarra Caravan Park Miles Central Villas - Blue Star Catering Miles Crossroads Caravan Park Possum Park
Location 32 Myall Street, Dalby 28 Black Street, Dalby 82 Moffat Street, Kaimkillenbun 40 Cedarvale Road, Bell 104 High Street, Jandowae 45-51 Park Street, Chinchilla Gaske Lane, Chinchilla 264 Zeller Street, Chinchilla Cnr Wambo & Villiers Streets, Chinchilla 78 Milne Street, Tara Riverglen Road, Glengmorgan Lot 2 Gibson Street, Meandarra 47 Hawkins Street, Miles 132 Murilla Street, Miles 36865 Leichhardt Highway, Miles
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Hotel Australia Miles Central Villas - Blue Star Catering Miles Outback Motel Miles Villas & Roadhouse Miles Windsor Hotel Motel Q Hotel (The) Starline Motor Inn Swagman Inn (The) Condamine Bell Hotel Motel Dulacca Hotel Bushlander Motel Juandah Hotel Motel Wandoan Central Motel & Apartments
QCB Group @ Columboola Country
Ryalls Road, Miles
1300 350 007
Condamine River Caravan Park Wandoan Accommmodation Park
Wambo Street, Condamine 4 Zupp Road, Wandoan
4627 7179 4627 5000
To find out what essential services are available in our principal towns: Dalby, Jandowae, Chinchilla, Tara, Miles and Wandoan, please refer to the town maps in each section. Information
Coffee Club, The Curry Resort Restaurant Jade Court Chinese Restaurant Kobbers Restaurant Squires Restaurant
Cafes and Takeaway
Carma Coffee Dalby Road Inn Takeaway Domino’s Pizza Donut King Pizza Capers Flavours of India Fresh Golden Batters Hungry Jacks Katty Cakes KFC Lotus River Chinese Takeaway Marinate Indian McDonald’s Michel’s Patisserie Muffin Break My Noodle Box Red Rooster Subway Centre Coffee Shop, The Pips ‘N’ Cherries
BP Dalby Roadhouse Woolworths Freedom Fuels Matilda Blue United Fuel Caltex Ampol
Dalby and District Jandowae and District Chinchilla and District Tara and District Miles and District Wandoan and District
Location 104 Cunningham Street, Dalby 4/8 Stuart Street, Dalby 64 Condamine St, Dalby Kobbers Motor Inn, 37 Nicholson Street, Dalby Dalby Manor Motor Inn, 18 Drayton Street, Dalby
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 2966 Ph: (07) 4662 2338 Ph: (07) 4662 1696 Ph: (07) 4669 7488 Ph: (07) 4662 1011
Location 79 Cunningham Street, Dalby 72 Nicholson Street, Dalby 59 Condamine Street, Dalby Dalby Shoppingworld, Cunningham Street, Dalby Shop 3, 66 Drayton Street, Dalby 7/24 New Street, Dalby Dalby Shoppingworld, Cunningham Street, Dalby 103 Drayton Street, Dalby Drayton Street, Dalby 28 Cunningham Street, Dalby Drayton Street, Dalby Drayton Street, Dalby Drayton Street, Dalby 61 Condamine Street, Dalby Dalby Shoppingworld, Cunningham Street, Dalby Dalby Shoppingworld, Cunningham Street, Dalby 119 Cunningham Street, Dalby 67 Drayton Street, Dalby Dalby Shoppingworld, Cunningham Street, Dalby Bell Bunya Community Centre, 71 Maxwell Street, Bell 15 Ensor Street, Bell
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 2216 Ph: (07) 4669 6997 Ph: (07) 4662 5100 Ph: (07) 4669 8122 Ph: (07) 4669 7174 Ph: (07) 4662 2205 Ph: (07) 4662 4159 Ph: (07) 4662 4177 Ph: (07) 4669 6274 Ph: 0419 737 734 Ph: (07) 4662 1677 Ph: (07) 4669 6743 Ph: (07) 4662 6262 Ph: (07) 4662 5366 Ph: (07) 4669 7464 Ph: (07) 4669 7114 Ph: (07) 4669 8368 Ph: (07) 4662 4922 Ph: (07) 4669 6544 Ph: (07) 4663 1087 Ph: (07) 4663 1184
Location 92 Cunningham Street, Dalby
Phone Ph: (07) 4669 8900
Location Drayton Street, Dalby 93 Warrego Highway, Dalby Cnr Drayton and Nicholson Streets, Dalby 146 Drayton Street, Dalby Cnr Drayton and Condamine Streets, Dalby 58 Loundon Road, Dalby 99/101 Drayton Street, Dalby
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 2938 Ph: (07) 4662 6843 Ph: (07) 4662 0982 Ph: (07) 4662 5550 Ph: (07) 4662 2492 Ph: (07) 4662 2688 Ph: (07) 4662 1900
Clubs and Hotels
Australian Hotel, The Country Club Hotel Criterion Hotel Dalby Bowls Club Dalby Golf Club Dalby Hotel Motel Dalby Leagues Club Mary’s Commercial Hotel North Dalby Bowls Club Russell Tavern Windsor Hotel Motel Bellview Hotel Kaimkillenbun Hotel
Cal’s Corner Marissa’s General Store Northside Convenience and Takeaway Southside Foodmarket Bell Store
Cafes and Takeaway
Clubs and Hotels Club Hotel Exchange Hotel Jandowae Hotel Motel Warra Hotel
5 Star Handimarket
Restaurants Cheong Kong Chinese Restaurant Chinchilla Bowls Club Restaurant Masala Hut Palms Restaurant, The
Thai Delicious Restaurant
Bakeries Bakery, The Dorney’s Cake Shop Merritt’s Bakery
Service Stations Shell Chinchilla Caltex BP
Location 38 Cunningham Street, Dalby 151 Cunningham Street, Dalby 77 Drayton Street, Dalby 58 Patrick Street, Dalby Moreton Street, Dalby 2 Cunningham Street, Dalby Orpen Street, Dalby 124 Cunningham Street, Dalby 13 Eagle Street, Dalby Cnr Cunningham and Roche Streets, Dalby 32 Patrick Street, Dalby 29 Dennis Street, Bell 72 Moffatt Street, Kaimkillenbun
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 2980 Ph: (07) 4662 5686 Ph: (07) 4662 3303 Ph: (07) 4662 2243 Ph: (07) 4662 2259 Ph: (07) 4662 5020 Ph: (07) 4662 1433 Ph: (07) 4662 3211 Ph: (07) 4662 3716 Ph: (07) 4662 2122 Ph: (07) 4662 2911 Ph: (07) 4663 1211 Ph: (07) 4663 4108
Location 37 Arthur Street, Dalby 22 Bunya Street, Dalby 4 Kookaburra Street, Dalby 106 Drayton Street, Dalby 8 Ensor Street, Bell
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 5857 Ph: (07) 4662 2728 Ph: (07) 4662 3640 Ph: (07) 4662 2451 Ph: (07) 4663 1313
Location 48 High Street, Jandowae
Phone Ph: (07) 4668 5004
Location 29 George Street, Jandowae 41 High Street, Jandowae 32 High Street, Jandowae 104 Robinson Street, Warra
Phone Ph: (07) 4668 5302 Ph: (07) 4668 5390 Ph: (07) 4668 5206 Ph: (07) 4668 1203
Location 25 George Street, Jandoawe
Phone Ph: (07) 4668 5293
Location 23 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla 9 Park Street, Chinchilla Chinchilla Central, Middle Street, Chinchilla Chinchilla Palms Motor Inn,64-70 Warrego Hwy, Chinchilla
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 8268 Ph: (07) 4662 7319 Ph: (07) 4662 7535 Ph: (07) 4672 9888
2/25 Bell Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4668 9477
Location 105 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 83 Heeney Street, Chinchilla Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Phone Ph: (07) 4668 9338 Ph: (07) 4669 1407 Ph: (07) 4662 7067
Location 4 Heeney Street, Chinchilla Warrego Highway, Chinchilla Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 7408 Ph: (07) 4662 8140 Ph: (07) 4662 7534
Caltex Star Mart
The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 8242
Brigalow General Store
2 Campbell Street, Brigalow
Ph: (07) 4665 2158
Restaurants Asian Gourmet Noodles Café Arabica Coffee Club, The
Dorney’s Cake Shop Jamaica Blue KFC McDonald’s
Phone Ph: (07) 4668 9068 Ph: (07) 4662 8121 Ph: (07) 4665 5691
75 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4669 1999
83 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 25 Bell Street, Chinchilla The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4669 1407 Ph: (07) 4669 1757 Ph: (07) 4669 1042 Ph: (07) 4662 7801
Salty’s Seafood and Takeaway
107 Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 8292
The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 7580
The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 8145
White Rock Café
9 High Street, Kogan
Ph: (07) 4668 1908
Location Heeney Street, Chinchilla Shop 4, Chinchilla Central, Middle Street, Chinchilla The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Phone Ph: (07) 4668 9068 Ph: (07) 4662 8121 Ph: (07) 4665 5691
Cafes and Takeaways Asian Gourmet Noodles Café Arabica Coffee Club, The
75 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4669 1999
Dorney’s Cake Shop
83 Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4669 1407
Shop 3, 32 Middle Street, Chinchilla 25 Bell Street, Chinchilla The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: 0499 824 702 Ph: (07) 4669 1757 Ph: (07) 4669 1042 Ph: (07) 4662 7801
Helen’s Coffee and Books Jamaica Blue KFC McDonald’s
Salty’s Seafood and Takeaway
107 Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 8292
The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 7580
The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 8145
White Rock Café
9 High Street, Kogan
Ph: (07) 4668 1908
Location 61 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 131 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 17 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla
Phone Ph: (07) 4662 7196 Ph: (07) 4669 1100 Ph: (07) 4662 7524
Clubs and Hotels Chinchilla RSL Memorial Club Club Hotel Commercial Hotel Motel
31 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla
Ph: (07) 4662 7154
10 High Street, Kogan
Ph: (07) 4668 1720
Location 15 Fry Street, Tar 25 Day Street, Tara Sara Street, Meandarra
Phone Ph: (07) 4669 4538 Ph: (07) 4665 3152 Ph: (07) 4665 6121
Location 35 Day Street, Tara Bilton Street, Tara Baddleys Lane, Tara
Phone Ph: (07) 4665 3214 Ph: (07) 4665 3329 Ph: (07) 4665 3410
Cafes and Takeaways Kountry Kitchen Tara Café Meandarra Motel and Sara Street Café
Clubs and Hotels Commercial Hotel Tara Bowls Club Tara Hotel Motel
Location Heeney Street, Chinchilla Shop 4, Chinchilla Central, Middle Street, Chinchilla The Village Travel Centre, Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Wieambilla South Country Club
22 Billabong Lane, Wieambilla
Ph: (07) 4665 3166
Meandarra Bowls Club
Maud Street, Meandarra
Ph: (07) 4665 6159
Meandarra Royal Hotel
3 Sara Street, Meandarra
Ph: (07) 4665 6183
Glenmorgan Bottle Tree Inn
Cnr Godfrey and Lorna Streets, Glenmorgan
Ph: (07) 4665 6727
Service Stations Moonie Crossroads Roadhouse Westmar Roadhouse
The Gums Store
Dawn’s Corner Store
Swagsman Restaurant, The
Cafes and Takeaways Creek Café, The Subway
Clubs and Hotels
Fire House Bistro Miles Bowling Club Miles Golf Club Queensland Hotel Windsor Hotel Motel Condamine Hotel Dulacca Hotel
Mace’s Hot Bread and Coffee Shop
Service Stations Caltex Service Station Choice Petroleum Dulacca Truckstop
GFC - Miles IGA
Restaurants Bushlander Motel Park Bistro, The
Cafes and Takeaways Wandoan Café and Coffee Shop Guluguba Café
Clubs and Hotels Juandah Hotel Motel Wandoan Golf Club
BP Service Station
Location 38 Day Street, Tara
Phone Ph: (07) 4669 4400
Location Cnr Moonie and Leichhardt Hwys, Moonie 18447 Moonie Hwy, Westmar
Phone Ph: (07) 4665 0200 Ph: (07) 4663 0751
Location Cnr Leichhardt Highway and Surat Developmental Road, The Gums Sybil Street, Glenmorgan
Location The Swagsman Inn, 1-11 Marian Street, Miles
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 2663
Location Cnr Murilla and Pine Streets, Miles 90 Murilla Street, Miles
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 2797 Ph: (07) 4627 1640
Location Hotel Australia, Murilla Street, Miles Eleanor Street, Miles Leichhardt Highway, Miles Murilla Street, Miles Murilla Street, Miles Leichhardt Highway, Condamine Warrego Highway, Dulacca
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 1106 Ph: (07) 4627 1101 Ph: (07) 4627 1268 Ph: (07) 4627 1152 Ph: (07) 4627 1159 Ph: (07) 4627 7219 Ph: (07) 4627 6101
Location 3 Pine Street, Miles
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 1592
Location Cnr Murilla and Tully Streets, Miles 101 Murilla Street, Miles Warrego Highway, Dulacca
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 1441 Ph: (07) 4627 1401 Ph: (07) 4627 6171
Location 110 Murilla Street, Miles
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 1521
Location 17 Henderson Road, Wandoan 4 Zupp Road, Wandoan
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 5500 Ph: (07) 4627 5000
Location 35 Royd Street, Wandoan Leichhardt Highway, Guluguba
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 5818 Ph: (07) 4628 2124
Location Cnr Royd and Lawton Streets, Wandoan Golf Club Road, Wandoan
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 4155 Ph: (07) 4627 4217
Location 4 Zupp Road, Wandoan
Phone Ph: (07) 4627 4233
Ph: (07) 4665 9176 Ph: (07) 4665 6735
Things to see Art Galleries
Our Western Downs is home to a rich fabric of arts and culture. Internationally acclaimed artists include wool artisan, Barbara Geisel; and painter, Hugh Sawrey. There are art galleries dotted throughout the region where you can experience our creative talent and witness touring exhibitions.
Our varied landscape provides opportunities for a range of activities that allow you to get back to nature and truly absorb the outdoors. The mighty Condamine River weaves through Our Western Downs, serving a multitude of uses from water sports and fishing, to tranquil camping sites and bird watching. Chinchilla Weir, Caliguel Lagoon south of Condamine, and Lake Broadwater near Dalby, are favourite local spots for waterskiing. You can find fishing enthusiasts at various locations including Tara Lagoon, Archers Crossing on the Condamine River east of Chinchilla, and Gil Weir on Dogwood Creek, Miles. Experience the beauty of the rare water lilies that can be found at Chinaman’s Lagoon in Miles and Brigalow Creek in Meandarra.
In Chinchilla’s main street you’ll find the Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery which hosts up to 12 exhibitions a year, featuring the work of local and interstate artists. Located inside the new MyALL 107 facility in Dalby, Gallery 107 @ Dalby is the Western Downs’ newest art gallery. Dogwood Crossing, Miles is an outstanding cultural facility. It is home to the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery, an A-Class Regional Art Gallery that hosts quality exhibitions and events throughout the year. The facility also incorporates the local library, an IT centre, event space and social history displays where you can hear local residents tell their stories. Bluebelles Art Gallery, in the Bell Bunya Community Centre at Bell, is a charming destination not to be missed. Other gallery spaces across the region, including the Leichhardt Gallery in Wandoan’s Cultural Centre, often exhibit the work of our dedicated local artists and cultural groups. Historical Villages & Museums To experience our region’s heritage, take a leisurely stroll through our many historical villages and museums. Explore what is often referred to by visitors as one of the best in the country, the Miles Historical Village Museum. For a true insight into the life of our diggers, spend time at the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum. Other important historic stops include the Juandah Historical Site in Wandoan, Chinchilla’s historic timber trail at the Chinchilla Historical Museum, the Hannaford Museum, and the Tara & District Historical Museum. If you love the 1940s then Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum in Glenmorgan is a must see. For Queensland’s largest collection of agricultural machinery or to sight a letter from Ned Kelly, visit the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum.
Monuments & Memorials There are many fascinating stories throughout Our Western Downs that have shaped the way we live today. On the western side of Warra you’ll see a monument dedicated to the first miners in the district, and further west past Brigalow is the Cactoblastis memorial hall, the only building in Queensland dedicated to an insect! Other iconic monuments include Kogan’s ‘The Man Who Steadies the Lead’ and ‘Bush Friendship’ sculptures along the Hugh Sawrey Walkway and Condamine’s large replica of the famous Condamine ‘Bullfrog’ Bell, first fashioned in Condamine in 1868. Nearby is the Condamine Flood Boat, a memorial to those who have lost their lives in floods. View the clay and mixed media wall panel at Jandowae’s Community and Cultural Centre and the nearby Dingo Sculpture, which represents the famous 5,400km Dingo Barrier Fence located in the area. Several townships, including Dulacca and Drillham, also have historical commemorative sites recognising the hard times of yesteryear. Energy Our region is rapidly cementing its position as the Energy Capital of Australia™ with more than 40 projects totalling in excess of $140 billion earmarked for the region. Covering everything from coal seam gas to power stations, solar, wind farms and water projects, these exciting energy developments have combined with our agricultural sector to create a widely diverse and unique tourism environment.
Things to do
Events & Festivals
Our Western Downs is renowned for our distinctive local events and we host many country activities including festivals, gymkhanas, music, cuisine, racing sporting, historic and cultural events.
If you like fishing, discover a secret hole in one of our many creeks, rivers and dams. Yellow belly, Jew, Silver Perch and Crayfish are all found here. For more information and a map, collect a copy of Freshwater Fishing in Queensland’s Western Downs from our local Visitor Information Centres.
The Chinchilla Melon Festival is a celebration of all things melon and includes quirky activities such as melon ski races and melon bungee. For a show case of cuisines, culture and workshops from across the globe join in the celebrations at the Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races. For creative enthusiasts Tara’s Bloomin’ Creative Showcase invites visitors to see displays and local artisans at work. Not far from Tara, Kogan stages Art@Kogan, a biennial event showcasing local art and the life and works of renowned Australian artist and former resident, Hugh Sawrey. Another unique celebration is the Dalby Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival, which includes displays, cuisine and workshops. Just 20 minutes north of Dalby, located in the grounds of the magnificent heritage-listed Jimbour House, you can experience the awe of the biennial Opera at Jimbour. Our country hospitality and community ambience are showcased at the Beef, Bells & Bottle Tree Festival in Miles and the Jandowae Timbertown Festival. These biennial events capture the living history of our communities and relaxed lifestyle through street parades and carnival days. We highly recommend you plan and book ahead before you travel. Refer to the Events Calendar featured in this guide, or visit our website www.wdrc.qld.gov.au and click on the Events Calendar button. Bird Watching For a spare time activity that is both ‘addictive and contagious’, join us in some bird watching. The Western Downs attracts some rarer species as we border western desert and eastern coastal areas with cooler climates in the south and sub-tropical climates to the north. Some rarer bird species include the Painted Honey-eater, the Grey Crowned Babbler and the Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Fossicking Although fossicking is usually enjoyed by the lapidary enthusiasts anyone can have a go! All you need is a shovel or pick. Petrified wood is renowned in the region for its quality and colourings. Licence and fees apply. Water Sports Following the ‘big wet’, one of our favourite past times is water sports, including canoeing, water skiing and boating in one of the many waterways, lagoons, lakes, dams and weirs. Catch up with a local at a Visitor Information Centre to find out the best spots for your chosen sport. Wildflower Tours The Western Downs has some special places where you can experience the natural wonder of natives and wildflowers in bloom, particularly following the first spring rains in September. You can take a self-guided drive tour beginning in Miles or follow a walking trail through the Myall Park Botanic Garden. Self-Drive Tours Our region is host to a changeable landscape of wide open spaces, dense forestry, and rolling hills. A number of prominent tourist routes will help you to explore our region, but if you want a more personal tour of Our Western Downs, you can collect a self-drive tour brochure from one of our Visitor Information Centres. Enjoy the colourful quilt of wheat, barley and cotton ready for harvest, the splendour of our native wildflowers in bloom and the breathtaking changes in the lay of the land, all from the comfort of your own car. 37
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park
Barakula State Forest
Lake Broadwater is a natural lake 20km south west of Dalby. Surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow wood land. It is a refuge for our waterbirds and native wildlife. We often bring our friends and family here for picnics and relax under the shady river red and blue gums on the shores of the lake.
One of the best wildflower areas in Queensland is located north west of Chinchilla. Barakula State Forest is the largest Managed State Forest in the Southern Hemisphere and it puts on a spectacular wildflower show from late winter to spring.
There are tables, toilets and a 2km track joins the two camping areas. It is also great spot for a tinnie. See our on-site caretaker to purchase your camping and boating permits. GPS Coordinates -27° 21’ 09.0” S
151° 05’ 31.5” E
Bunya Mountains National Park Declared National Park in 1908, the Bunya Mountains is the world’s largest remaining bunya pine rainforest and is linked to the Jurassic era. Until the late 1800’s Aboriginal people travelled up the mountain during bunya nut season to feast and celebrate. Notches still mark the tree trunks where young men cut footholds with stone axes to scale the trees and bring down bunya nuts. Today this popular camping and walking spot offers an extensive range of trails including three camping areas and a wheelchair accessible trail. A wide selection of accommodation is available near the park including houses with panoramic views and rustic mountain cabins. The drive is very scenic, but steep and winding, so please don’t travel with a caravan or trailer. The Bunya Mountains are 63km north east of Dalby. Contact the Department of Environment to obtain your camping permit on 1300 130 372 and visit www.derm.qld.gov.au GPS Coordinates -26° 52’ 47.4” S
151° 35’ 51.1” E
We recommend the best way to experience the forest is via the Barakula State Forest Drive. See historic landmarks including the mysterious ‘Guymers Baby’ grave, the Dingo Barrier Fence and the site of Australia’s first oil bore. Stately cypress pines, spotted gums and incredible hairy oaks can also be viewed throughout the year. Please beware of logging trucks as this is a working forest and call in to see us the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre for a map and latest road conditions. Contact the Department of Environment to obtain your camping permit on 1300 130 372 and visit www.derm.qld.gov.au . GPS Coordinates -26° 25’ 41.6” S
150° 30’ 17.5” E
Southwood National Park One of our not so well known National Park treasures is Southwood. Located 130km south-west of Dalby on the Moonie Highway, this National Park is a refuge for wildlife living in its scrubby forests. Over 92 bird species have been sighted here, including beautiful glossy black cockatoos. There are no official walking trails but you can explore the roads with care and there is a bush picnic table in a superb setting. We recommend you take a 4WD and BYO water. As camping is not allowed in the National Park, the closest township for food, fuel and accommodation is Westmar Roadhouse. GPS Coordinates -27° 49’ 41.3” S
150° 06’ 17.8” E
Warrego Highway • Brisbane to Charleville
Leichhardt Highway • Melbourne to Rockhampton
One of the most important arterial roads linking the east coast to the outback is the Warrego Highway. Stretching over 700km from Brisbane to Charleville it traverses the Western Downs’ townships and settlements of Dalby, Macalister, Warra, Brigalow, Chinchilla, Miles, Dulacca and Drillam. Initially the Warrego may look like just a long and straight road, but take the time to relax and explore our communities on the highway. The highway is an important transport link for our agricultural and mining industries and is the access point to many of our attractions. It is also the crossroads for other major highway routes heading north and south. As the sun sets in the west, please take care when travelling the Warrego Highway at this time. We recommend you relax in the late afternoon and experience our famous Western Downs sunsets from the comfort of a balcony in one of our country pubs or accommodation houses.
Following the footsteps of one of Australia’s first European explorers, Ludwig Leichhardt, this inland route is named in his honour. Joining with the Newell Highway in New South Wales, the Leichhardt Highway links us from Melbourne through to Queensland via Goondiwindi. It traverses through the Western Downs to Miles and onto Rockhampton and the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information visit www.driveqld.com.au. Adventure Way • Brisbane to Adelaide Travel the Adventure Way from Brisbane to Adelaide where your journey will encompass a diverse range of landscapes and activities enroute to your destination. True to its title, this tourist route will have you on an adventure you’ll appreciate from the coast to the outback over the next 1077km’s. Explore the numerous historic and cultural sites, cotton producing areas surrounding Dalby and the Oilfields of Moonie; following further west to wineries, national parks, mud springs, opal fossicking, across to The Burke and Wills Dig Tree before crossing the Queensland / South Australian border at Innamincka. Trek the historic Strzelecki Track to the Flinders Rangers, continuing on your journey to Adelaide. The rewards of your travels are countless. Discover the native flora and fauna, the rich history of our early pioneers; to the locals you’ll meet willing to share their yarns. The Adventure Way truly brings out the Spirit in us all.
Leichhardt Highway takes you on a different journey through our region and offers access to some more uncrowded areas including the Moonie, Condamine and Wandoan districts and north to the stunning Isla Gorge. For more information visit www.leichhardthighway.com Rural Getaway • Warialda to Mundubbera Stretching from Fossickers Way at Warialda in New South Wales and joining with the Country Way at Mundubbera in Queensland, Rural Getaway is a quiet alternative providing the most direct route from Tamworth to Rockhampton. Leaving the busy highways gives travellers the opportunity to experience rural communities at a more leisurely country pace. Take the time to chat with locals while enjoying a counter lunch at the local pub, a glass of wine at a winery or a round of golf at one of the delightful country courses. Join in with celebrations and events that are often unique and exciting. Explore the diverse nature of the route by taking scenic walks, bird-watching or enjoy the view from the lookouts which many of the towns along the way have established. These areas have fascinating histories that have been documented and displayed in their museums and information centres. Much can be gleaned from locals or simply by walking or driving around to view landmarks and local heritage displays. Friendly country people you’ll meet on the way will make it easy to relax and unwind. Travel the Rural Getaway, the quiet alternative, and experience the best that rural communities have to offer and most importantly of all, enjoy the journey. 39
Things to know
There are a range of accommodation choices throughout our region from B&B’s, host farms, motels, cabins, apartments, hotels, caravan parks, some showgrounds and a number of permitted camping and caravan sites. As we’re experiencing a resources boom and during event times, we highly recommend you book your accommodation ahead before travelling to avoid disappointment.
Our Western Downs is a temperate climate with average annual rainfall of approximately 630ml. Highest rainfalls occur during the summer months. Our summers average a comfortable mid 30s, peaking to low 40s; with December and January being the warmest months. Our cooler times of the year are June to August, with some overnight temperatures registering slightly lower than zero!
Throughout Our Western Downs you can find a variety of dining and food outlets including cafes, restaurants, takeaways and corner stores. We’re probably best known for our country cooking, local bakeries and hearty counter meals available through local hotels, RSLs and sporting clubs. It is still quite common to find real hamburgers and traditional cakes and biscuits. Be sure to phone ahead if you are requiring service outside of hours, particularly on weekends, as some hours vary.
To keep up to date with the local knowledge while travelling through our region, including local weather, news, road conditions and events tune into: ABC Southern Qld local radio (74.7 AM, Wandoan 98.1 FM), Local Tourist Station 88 FM, Rebel FM (Chinchilla 97.1 and Miles 94.5), 4DDD Community Radio, Dalby (89.9 FM) and 4GR (86.4 AM).
Essential Services Our principal towns offer many essential services including, post, emergency, medical, food, fuel, laundry, dump points, and transportation. Some of our smaller towns have limited services, so please call ahead and check if you require something e.g. ATM. Please refer to our town maps for details (dump points also at Meandarra and Glenmorgan). Road Conditions The main arterial roads leading to our major towns are sealed, however, due care should be taken noting the number of heavier vehicles which share our roads. Some of our rural roads can be slightly narrower to other highways, with a number of tributary roads being gravel and difficult to navigate in wet weather. Visitors are encouraged to drive safely and to the conditions of the road at the time. If you are seeking advice on road conditions contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 19 40 or one of the local Visitor Information Centres listed. 40
Useful Websites To find out more about our region, here are some websites you might find useful. Western Downs Regional Council www.wdrc.qld.gov.au www.library.wdrc.qld.gov.au www.advancewesterndowns.com Attractions & Destinations www.bunyamountains.com www.jimbour.com www.myallparkbotanicgarden.org.au www.dogwoodcrossing.com www.mhv.org.au Events & Festivals www.deliciousanddelightful.com.au www.jandowaetimbertown.org.au www.melonfest.com.au www.tarafestivalncamels.org.au www.beefbellsandbottletreefestival.com Regional Tourism Organisation www.westerndownsholidays.info
Visitor Information Centre Thomas Jack Park Drayton Street (07) 4679 4461 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor Information Centre Miles Historical Village Museum Murilla Street (07) 4627 1492 email@example.com
Visitor Information Centre Bell Bunya Community Centre 71 Maxwell Street (07) 4663 1087 firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer Service Centre 19 Fry Street (07) 4679 4462 email@example.com
Community & Cultural Centre Corner George & High Streets (07) 4679 4480 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Transaction Centre Corner Moonie & Leichhardt Highways (07) 4665 0189 email@example.com
Visitor Information Centre Warrego Highway (07) 4679 4491 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor Information Centre Oâ€™Sullivan Park, Zupp Road (07) 4627 5227 email@example.com
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