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Experience Western Downs

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Welcome to the Western Downs


he Western Downs is one of Australia’s largest primary producers and continues to demonstrate its ability to produce high-quality product for national and international markets. Agriculture is one of our region’s core economic drivers and we are known for our wide variety of produce including high-grade beef, pork, lamb, watermelon, cotton, sorghum, chickpeas, mung beans, wheat, and barley. Our agriculture sector is underpinned by our region’s strong sense of community and passion for top-grade produce. We are proud of our rich agricultural heritage and this continues to shine through all we do here on the Western Downs - with our region continuing to experience strong economic growth across multiple industries.

TASTE Western Downs magazine has been produced with the help of local Western Downs photographer, Ange Stirling. Additional photography has been provided by Western Downs Regional Council.

Our abundant local produce also offers a chance for residents and visitors to step outdoors and explore our great region, and I encourage you to take a look around and experience the wonder of the region we call home. For now, here is a taste of what the Western Downs has to offer.

Enjoy! Paul McVeigh Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council TASTE WESTERN DOWNS


Welcome from TSBE

Welcome to Taste Western Downs, highlighting the best of Western Downs produce. The Western Downs are renowned for their rich agricultural land and exceptional intensive livestock producers. The locals love where they live and want to share the best of their produce with the rest of the world. Taste Western Downs shines a spotlight on the beautiful towns, the delicious produce, and the authentic country charm that you will find in the Western Downs. We hope this publication will inspire you to explore the foodie trails of Queensland’s best kept secret! Ali Davenport TSBE CEO

TSBE is an independent, business-led organisation working actively in the Western Downs and surrounding regions to help local businesses and promote the areas so that our regional economy can continue to thrive and grow. For more information about TSBE’s activity in the Western Downs please contact us on 07 4639 4600 or visit




Contents 3 Welcome to the Western Downs



28 TASTE Dulacca

14 TASTE Bell

30 TASTE Tara


Welcome from TSBE

16 TASTE Jandowae

32 TASTE Wandoan


About the Western Downs

18 TASTE Chinchilla

34 Upcoming Events


Travel the Region

22 TASTE Miles

36 The Chef’s Table


Needing Information?

26 TASTE Condamine

38 Quick Reference Guide




About the Western Downs T

he Western Downs is a diverse region known for many attributes. Those keen for a journey will love the sprawling country in every direction, with a spirit that shines through a region that continues to thrive. The Western Downs is driven by agriculture, which is a founding pillar of their economy and continues to hold its place with a longstanding reputation for being resilient, sustainable, and modern. It is no coincidence the industry is thriving, given the fact the Western Downs holds some of Queensland’s most productive and resource rich soils to support broad acre farming and livestock production. In fact, more than

50% of the agricultural land in the region is classified as strategic cropping land. Beyond crops, the Western Downs is home to almost one-quarter of Queensland’s beef producing properties. However, the real treat within this region is the unique mixture of local pubs, restaurants, and hidden cafes that each encapsulate the authenticity that this region has to offer. The Western Downs have a strong culture for supporting local and are welcoming to all who would like to experience a taste of their region. We invite you to explore what this vast region has to offer and enjoy a taste of the Western Downs.





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NEEDING INFORMATION? The Western Downs has several Visitor Information Centres where you can source information to help guide your travels. You will also find local homemade condiments such as jams, relishes, and honey for sale, such as JimJams Jam and Moy’s Honey. ASK A LOCAL... Chat to one of our tourism ambassadors in our Visitor Information Centres for friendly advice on how best to enjoy your stay in the Western Downs region. Visit Dalby… Visitor Information Centre Thomas Jack Park Warrego Highway (07) 4679 4461 Visit Chinchilla… Visitor Information Centre Warrego Highway (07) 4660 7291 Visit Miles… Visitor Information Centre 141 Murilla Street (07) 4627 1492 TASTE WESTERN DOWNS



Taste Dalby


nown as the gateway to the Western Downs, Dalby is a thriving regional hub built on black soil plains responsible for a large proportion of Queensland’s thriving agricultural and livestock production. With Queensland’s largest grain receival centre, Dalby is surrounded by a tapestry of wheat, cotton, mung beans, sunflowers, sorghum, millet, chickpeas, and barley. It also produces pork, beef & lamb. Whilst visiting Dalby why not grab a picnic lunch before heading out to the historic Jimbour House, where you can enjoy a selfguided walk through the formal gardens whilst learning more about this sandstone mansion and its living history.

Dalby is home to three of the region’s biggest events, Big Skies Festival, Opera at Jimbour and Dalby’s Delicious and Delightful Festival, which are all must see and do events!






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Head over to the Butchers Pantry or the award-winning Urban Paddock for your takeaway picnic needs, or C’est Cheese on the Go to purchase a specialised cheese platter which includes Saleview Estate honey, Bunnyconnellan olives and Woombye cheese. Dalby’s Pioneer Park Museum is proud to display one of the largest collections of working pioneer tractors and agricultural machinery in Queensland and is the perfect opportunity to recap our yesteryear.

HISTORY: Dalby was founded in the early 1840s at a place known locally as “The Crossing” on Myall Creek, a tributary of the Condamine River. The first settler was Henry Dennis, who explored the region and chose land for himself and others in the locality. Today, an obelisk in Edward Street denotes the location where Dennis camped.




Urban Paddock Cafe

Urban Paddock Cafe

Urban Paddock Cafe

Burando Downs

Dalby Town Centre

Butchers Pantry Coffee & Takeaway

Dalby Visitor Information Centre

Dalby Visitor Information Centre



Urban Paddock Cafe

Criterion Hotel

Condabilla Fish

Kobbers Motor Inn

Dalby Town Centre

Burando Downs

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Kobbers Motor Inn

Southside Quality Meats


SOUTHSIDE QUALITY MEATS AND THE BUTCHERS PANTRY COFFEE & TAKEAWAY Having been in business for 18 years, the team at Southside Quality Meats know their cuts.

... Dalby is a thriving regional hub built on black soil plains responsible for a large proportion of Queensland’s thriving agricultural and livestock production.

Available for purchase is a range of local produce, including pork from local Western Downs farms and piggeries. The lamb comes from a property in Kupun, and beef is sourced from neighbouring towns Chinchilla, Hopelands and the Ranges Bridge areas. Meats are smoked and cooked in store. Right alongside the butcher shop you will find a hidden gem, the Butchers Pantry Coffee & Takeaway. Here you can go for all your caffeine needs and find delicious meals to takeaway or you may prefer their specialty antipasto platter. If you love what you are eating, the meat can be purchased from Southside Quality Meats. CULBERTS MEATS Culberts Meats have been serving up some of the regions finest meat and freshly made gourmet meals for over three decades. The owners have their own property which is located between Kogan and Tara where they grow most of the beef which goes from paddock to plate via their butcher shop. They also raise pigs and lambs which roam free range on their property. The butcher stocks extra bacon from Jimbour. Additional lamb for sale is sourced from Dalby and neighbouring towns such as Jandowae and Tara. You will also find this meat available to purchase in Dalby’s Betros Bros which is located on Drayton Street, just down the road. Keep an eye out for the specials at the Criterion Hotel Dalby at 77 Warrego Highway, who are renowned for cooking up some seriously good steak from Culberts Meats – from the paddock direct to your plate! You will also find Culberts Meats on the menu of Squires Restaurant, the A La Carte licensed fine dining restaurant and bar located alongside the Dalby Manor Motor Inn.

URBAN PADDOCK CAFÉ Urban Paddock Café is an award winning cafe set in historic Quambi House in the centre of Dalby. It is a family-friendly café offering contemporary dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The café frequently uses two local bakers that supply all their baked needs including delicious treats such as cakes, slices, and biscuits for their cake cabinet. Their chefs are renowned for bringing new flavours to the town, with highend meals such as the chicken mousseline roulade with gnocchi, or the tuna tataki with grapefruit, pear, kewpie, nori and ponzu. The café uses local honey from Saleview Estate Honey in Dalby, which you can even buy over the counter to take home. The beef on their menu is sourced from Stanbroke Beef, and pork is sourced from Sunpork. Keep an eye out for specials from Condabilla Fish, who are a fish farm making their way onto menus right across Australia. Condabilla Fish farm is located southwest of Chinchilla, on the western edge of the Darling Downs. The farm produces premium Murray Cod to supply local cafes such as Urban Paddock. You will also find Condabilla Fish on the menu of the Condamine Hotel or available for purchase in Miles from Miles Wholesale Meats. As well as supporting local suppliers, Urban Paddock’s owners have their own cattle and grain farm only 10 minutes outside of Dalby. The farm will soon be starting the process of supplying their produce direct from their paddock to your plate. Keep an eye out for this exclusive brand. » TRY: Wagyu with truffle aioli butter, gaufrettes, pickled cabbage and vege crisps. O’SHEA’S WINDSOR HOTEL O’Shea’s Windsor Hotel in Dalby has a large variety of tasty meals and a passion for good quality, local produce to go with it. Lamb used on their menu is purchased directly from Ashton’s Butchery, who source the protein from neighbouring properties at Jandowae and Tara. The establishment has a welcoming ambiance and laid back outdoor area for you to enjoy your meals. » TRY: Moroccan spiced lamb cutlets.



Urban Paddock Cafe


WHERE TO FIND DALBY PRODUCE Southside Quality Meats 106 Drayton Street, Dalby 07 4662 2950 @southsidequalitymeats Butchers Pantry Coffee & Takeaway 106 Drayton Street, Dalby 0477 223 039 @butcherspantrycoffeeandtakeaway

Fresh and delicious produce available at Kobbers Motor Inn.

KOBBERS MOTOR INN DALBY Kobbers Motor Inn provide 4-star accommodation close to the heart of Dalby. Not only can you have a comfortable night’s sleep here, but their onsite, fully licensed restaurant and bar features a seasonal menu of delicious local produce that is sure to please. The owners work closely with local butcher, Rob Ashton to purchase all proteins on their menu. The team at Ashton’s Butchery in Dalby are proud to supply high quality meat to the local community since 1977. In Ashton’s Butchery you will find locally sourced lamb from Western Downs properties near Jandowae and Tara, and other meats from a little further afield in the Darling Downs region. The garlic used in Kobbers’ menu is sourced from Burando Downs, giving a truly superior quality meal that will leave you wanting more. Located on the edge of Dalby, Burando Downs is a boutique farm that provides high quality produce grown without the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilisers. The cold nights and sun-drenched days of Western Downs’ climate create flavoursome and aromatic garlic bulbs

unique to this part of the world. As well as producing a fantastic fresh product to customers locally and interstate, owners Lois and Leon also produce a variety of other garlic products in the farm’s registered kitchen. These range from dehydrated granules, garlic relish and jam to their very popular smoked and black garlic. Burando is a two-person operation where everything apart from the ground cultivation is done manually. This hands-on approach ensures the final product is of a superior and highly sought-after quality and can be purchased at local Western Downs markets in Dalby and further afield in Miles, Tara, Moonie, and Wandoan. The Kobbers team also grow their own herbs on site, such as lemongrass, mint, kaffir limes, parsley and even lemons to use in their meals. They also dapple in growing chillies, with ten different varieties already planted and used on their menu, including an awesome house made chilli jam.

Culberts Meats 14 Drayton Street, Dalby 07 4669 8983 @CulbertsMeatsDalby Squires Restaurant 18 Drayton St, Dalby 07 4662 1011 Urban Paddock Cafe 138 Cunningham Street, Dalby 07 4662 2628 @urbanpaddockcafe O’Shea’s Windsor Dalby 32 Patrick Street, Dalby 07 4662 2911 @windsor4405 Kobbers Motor Inn 37a Nicholson Street, Dalby 07 4669 7488 @kobbersmotorinn Ashton’s Butchery Shop 7, Dalby Shopping Centre, Dalby 07 4669 8404 @ashtonsbutchery Burando Downs 0417 638 218 @Burandodownsgarlic

» TRY: Ashton’s Western Downs Slow Cooked Texan-Style Beef Ribs with House Made BBQ Sauce, Battered Onion Rings, Smoked Garlic Cracked Potato and Green Vegetables. TASTE WESTERN DOWNS 13









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Taste Bell B

ell is a picturesque township nestled in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains and surrounded by panoramic views of rolling farmland. Just a 30 minute drive from the Bunya Mountains National Park, Bell is an ideal spot to take a break and look around. Not to be missed is the Bell Bunya Centre Gallery and the bright and impressive artwork from the Old and New Testament in the local Catholic Church, and the landscaped Biblical


Originally the area around what is now known as Bell was known as Cattle Creek, Jimbour Station. In the 1870s, the area was opened for closer settlement and Angus and Christina McPhee from Scotland became the first European settlers nearest to what would become the village of Bell.


Garden next door. This rare garden is filled with plants and trees mentioned in the bible – from olive trees to date palms and pistachio nuts – and is adorned with art made from recycled materials, including many mosaics. Bell is on the Bunya Highway and lies between the agricultural areas of the Western Downs and the South Burnett, with rolling hills of quilt-like patterned farmland. The area’s main industry is the farming of cattle, grain, sheep, and pigs.

WHERE TO FIND BELL PRODUCE Pips ‘n’ Cherries 15 Ensor Street, Bell 07 4663 1184 @pipsncherries Gordon’s Meats Ensor Street, Bell 07 4663 1226 Rusty’s Spice Market 35 Dennis Street, Bell 0406 473 601 @rustysspicemarket

PIPS ‘N’ CHERRIES, GORDON’S MEATS AND RUSTY’S SPICE MARKET Pips ‘n’ Cherries is a vintage styled café set at the old Bell Freemason’s Hall and are famous for their Devonshire Tea. The cafe’s menu also features meat sourced from the local butcher in Bell, Gordon’s Meats. Gordon’s Meats specialise in beef, pork, and sausages all year round and the butcher has been smoking their own small goods and producing paddock to plate meats from local farms for over 50 years. Their beef comes from local farmers in Bell’s surrounds, and the butcher’s owners raise their own lambs. Their meats are processed in their own abattoir and sold in their butcher shop or delivered to suppliers. Gordon’s Meats rib fillet and smoky bacon is what makes the steak sandwich special a standout on the Pips ‘n’ Cherries menu. A Pips breakfast features the butcher’s pork sausages and bacon served alongside delicious homestyle beans which includes homestyle chucks of smoky ham.

Rusty’s Spice Market in Bell supplies the café with freshly ground spices and mustards. As well as supplying to local cafes and restaurants, Rusty’s Spice Market sell a range of pantry lines perfect for whipping up a homecooked meal as well as an impressive arrangement of curries, spices, sauces, fermented mustards, condiments, and even ghee from their shop in the old Bell butcher shop. The spice market also stocks an impressively wide range of local handmade products such as jams, soaps, honey, olives, chutneys, and other products that are sourced regionally and seasonally. These spices are used in the special sauces, rubs, and pastes featured on Pips ‘n’ Cherries’ menu, or you can purchase them directly from the café as well. Condiments such as mayonnaise are made from local pasteurised eggs, and relishes and jams for the café menu are made in the café’s very own kitchen. The café also sells a specialty range of preserves, like spiced fig and ginger jam, which is produced using fruit directly from

a farm at the foot of the Bunya Mountains, and the grapes used in their grape jam are home-grown by one of the cafes owners. Pips are known for their famous tomato relish, with the ripe tomatoes used having been handpicked for the café. The café has wonderful staff who are keen gardeners and keep up great supply of fresh herbs from their very own gardens, as well as some being grown at the café itself. Locals are also happy to supply their own fresh produce for the café to use, and with real country charm, it is not unusual to find a basket of lemons, cucumbers, pumpkins, or peaches on the café doorstep! In exchange for this produce, sought-after jars of relish or jam are homemade. Another homemade attribute for the café is lemon syrup for their famous homemade lemonade. Passionfruit from their own vine make amazing melting moments too. The menu certainly reflects what is local and what is in season, and these delights should not be missed. » TRY: Devonshire tea! TASTE WESTERN DOWNS



Taste Jandowae J

andowae is a small rural town surrounded by rich alluvial soil and some of Queensland’s richest and most productive agricultural land. Wheat, barley, sorghum, oats, millet, sunflower, safflower, and linseed crops are all grown in this area. Dairy and beef cattle studs are also in the district. Did you know the Western Downs is home to the longest structure in the world? Erected in 1948 to protect local sheep flocks, the original Dingo Barrier Fence stretched for more than 5,600 kilometres and has its northern end near Jandowae. Stop by to see the replica fence and grab a snap with the two-metre-high dingo statue, created by Scottish artist Andy Scott. A visit to the town is not complete without a stop at Athlone Cottage. Situated on the banks of the Jandowae Creek, this original slab hut once had an ant bed dirt floor.

Filled with pioneering memorabilia from the district and surrounded by landscaped gardens, allow enough time to explore both inside and outside of this heritage building. NELSON FAMILY MEATS Set in the heart of Jandowae is family owned and operated, Nelson Family Meats. A butcher shop with its own processing plant, this business is truly paddock to plate. Keep an eye out for the 5CN brand which is their own label of beef and lamb – owners breed it, feed it, process it and sell it all from their butcher shop. You can be assured of an authentic paddock to plate experience here, with the family slogan being ‘it doesn’t leave our hands until it’s in yours’. Their award-winning sausages are made from their own secret recipe and have taken out the Outback Region Continental Sausages King title four times over.

Produce from the butcher is a staple on the menus of local establishments such as the Exchange Hotel Jandowae and Darr Creek Oasis, as well as being available for purchase at the Jandowae Spar. EXCHANGE HOTEL As locals call it, the ‘Middle Pub’ in Jandowae is where you can find wholesome pub meals using locally sourced, fresh produce. You will find two stand out crowd pleasers on their menu, both using meat direct from local butcher Nelson Family Meats – the Jandowae Parmy and Nelson’s Crumbed Steak! This pub has a great local feel and is perfect for those looking for some quintessential pub fare. Herbs used to flavour their meals are grown locally in Jandowae, as well as fruit such as lemons. » TRY: Nelson’s Crumbed Steak.









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The town’s name reputedly derives from a Barunggam word meaning ‘waterhole’. It was first used by Europeans in a petition to the Secretary of Lands in 1862. It is said that, later, a man named John Dowaie established a rest area for travellers called John Dowaie Camp.

Exchange Hotel

Exchange Hotel

Nelson Family Meats

WHERE TO FIND JANDOWAE PRODUCE Nelson Family Meats 43 High Street, Jandowae (07) 4668 5439 @NelsonFamilyMeats Exchange Hotel 41 High Street, Jandowae (07) 4668 5139 Jandowae Dingo Statue

Nelson Family Meats

Exchange Hotel


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Taste Chinchilla F

amous for its melons, as well as being a renowned spot for fishing, bushwalking, and camping, the colourful town of Chinchilla is an easy 81 kilometre drive west of Dalby, along the Warrego Highway. Having once produced 25% of the country’s watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons, Chinchilla is the undisputed melon capital of Australia. Chinchilla is a peaceful and pretty town, with a beautiful tree-lined main street, just off the highway. Make sure to stop for a selfie at The Big Melon and explore the Visitor Information Centre to pick up some

yummy local honey, jams, and other homemade goodies. Every second year in February the town hosts the Melon Festival featuring a full program of events and melon related activities. Another interesting fact about Chinchilla is its petrified wood which dates back to the Jurassic period. The types of trees in the area that are petrified include conifers, ferns, and cypress pines. Pick up a fossicking licence online or at the Visitor Information Centre; there is also a wonderful display telling this fascinating geological story at the Chinchilla Museum.


The town name is a corruption of the Aboriginal word “tintinchilla” or “jinchilla” indicating cypress pine, possibly recorded by explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt.








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Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre

Chinchilla Farmers Market

Chinchilla Farmers Market

Downtown Cafe

Downtown Cafe

Downtown Cafe

KC Ridge Pasture Raised Eggs & Heritage Pork

KC Ridge Pasture Raised Eggs & Heritage Pork

KC Ridge Pasture Raised Eggs TASTE WESTERN 19 Pork & DOWNS Heritage


CHINCHILLA FARMERS MARKET The Chinchilla Farmers Market are a local farming family providing high quality produce to their hometown of Chinchilla and beyond. Their shop is easily found on the Warrego Highway and stocks a steady supply of locally grown fruit and vegetables as well as meats. Local produce from Archerfield Beef, Millers Organic Produce, and KC Ridge Pasture Raised Eggs and Heritage Pork is available for purchase here. Vegetables such as kale, celery, broccoli, and shallots are all grown locally in Chinchilla, and watermelons as well when in season. Millers Organic Produce is a consistent grower in Chinchilla who provide supplies of zucchinis, cucumbers and tomatoes to the market, all year round. A producer who is renowned for growing delicious watermelons, Paramagh Farming, supply their melons for sale in the farmers market. Paramagh recently established the recipe for the ‘wham’ a BBQ’ d watermelon which certainly resembles a ham. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth by purchasing watermelon or dragon fruit juices in store. As well as Paramagh watermelons, the market stocks watermelons from Davco Melons. The local Denhert family supply their dragon fruits for purchase. The farmers market has teamed up with their neighbour butcher Gleeson Quality Meats to bring a free home delivery service of meats to Chinchilla locals. As well as the market, Gleeson Quality Meats supplies approximately 20 businesses within Chinchilla with their quality protein requirements, with their meat having been raised in the Western Downs region. The beef you find in store at Gleeson Quality Meats is either from the owners’ own property nearby or from local cattle properties on the Western Downs. The butcher team are always trying innovative recipes such as the watermelon sausage – a true taste of Western Downs authenticity. Any other sausages you find in Gleeson Quality Meats are homemade. At the Chinchilla Farmers Market, you will also find multiple items from KC Ridge. This farm is located just south of Chinchilla and overlooks the abundant flood plains of the Condamine River. The farm consists of open improved fields for pastured pig and chicken operations and is farmed in a holistic way with rotation grazing of pigs, chickens, and cattle.



The farm’s main produce is a steady supply of pasture raised free range eggs and pasture raised heritage pork which they sell regularly at market stalls and local produce suppliers such as the Chinchilla Farmers Market and Gleeson Quality Meats. Owners believe strongly in allowing their animals to roam free with unlimited access to grass which optimises the produce. KC Ridge produce is available to purchase at the Chinchilla Farmers Market, or if you are up for a drive you are welcome to head to their farm and purchase directly from their paddock. Their pork and eggs can also be purchased from local stores such as Gleeson Quality Meats, Chinchilla FoodWorks and Miles Wholesale Meats. DOWNTOWN CAFÉ Located in Bell Street Chinchilla is the popular Downtown Café who specialise in fresh, quality meals. Their menu is seasonal and features multiple signature options with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. All meat on the menu here is purchased from Gleeson Quality Meats, and fruit and vegetables are direct from the Chinchilla Farmers Market down the road. In summer you will find the spiced avocado and maple glazed bacon stack a popular choice, while in winter you will find the butter chicken curry on most plates. Pair with a watermelon juice for a truly Chinchilla experience. » TRY: Spiced Avocado and Maple Glazed Bacon Stack. CLOVER HILL MEATS Clover Hill by Warregold Wagyu is a paddock to plate wagyu beef that is processed, packed and prepared entirely in Chinchilla. Cattle are born and raised on local pastures on the Condamine river, before being fed in local feedlots. Beef can be purchased directly from Clover Hill Ranch in Chinchilla or online, with the producers even able to cater to custom orders. » TRY: Smoke Warregold Wagyu.

WHERE TO FIND CHINCHILLA PRODUCE Downtown Cafe 25 Bell Street, Chinchilla 07 4669 1757 Chinchilla Farmers Market Warrego Highway, Chinchilla 0427 387 979 Gleeson Quality Meats 91 Heeney Street, Chinchilla 07 4662 7475 @GleesonQualityMeatsPtyLtd KC Ridge Pasture Raised Eggs & Heritage Pork 359 Windmill Road, Chinchilla @KCRidgePork Clover Hill Meats @cloverhillcamping



Taste Miles





collections of military, lapidary, shells, and bottles.

A visit to Miles must include the Miles Historical Village Museum, where over 30 restored and original buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries make up the streetscape. Operating since 1971, the museum is home to

Miles also boast Chinaman’s Lagoon, situated on the edge of town and home to rare pink waterlilies which bloom during the summer and autumn months, this popular Miles picnic spot makes for a pictureperfect picnic setting for a morning tea or lunch break. The lagoon’s namesake – a Chinese market gardener who arrived in Chinchilla in 1880.

itting at the junction of the Warrego and Leichhardt highways, Miles is a vibrant rural township known for its well-preserved pioneering history and good oldfashioned country hospitality.






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The town is named in honour of William Miles, the owner of Dulacca Station from 1860-75, a local Member of Parliament and the Minister for Railways when the Miles Railway Station was built at Dogwood Creek. The town was originally named Dogwood Crossing by Ludwig Leichhardt who was impressed by the large number of dogwood trees in the area.


Miles Wholesale Meats

Miles Historical Village

Miles Historical Village

Mace’s Hot Bread

Miles Windsor Hotel

Mace’s Hot Bread

Miles Historical Village

Miles Wholesale Meats

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MILES WHOLESALE MEATS AND SMALLGOODS Miles Wholesale Meats and Smallgoods are a family owned business and an independent retail butcher shop located in the heart of Miles. The business was established from humble beginnings in 1995 and their produce is available for visitors to purchase, as well as being sold commercially to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, mining camps and sporting or charity organisations across the Western Downs. The owners have a tried and true strategy where they let the quality of their produce speak for themselves, knowing the high calibre of their cuts. Beef sold here comes from a local farmer in Meandarra and is processed in the butcher shop. You will also find Murray Cod from Chinchilla’s Condabilla Fish available for purchase here. They are also renowned for their ready homemade meal options such as butcher’s beef lasagna and a variety of pies. For many years the butchery have been entering their beef and homemade gourmet sausages into National competitions, taking home the title of National sausage king in the traditional Australian beef category in 2010. MILES WINDSOR HOTEL The Miles Windsor Hotel is rich in history and local charm. They proudly support a range of local suppliers around the Western Downs, such as Chaplain’s Butcher, Miles Wholesale Meats and Smallgoods, Devon Court Hereford and Mort & Co Wagyu. Their nightly T-bone special – a popular with the locals – is sourced from Chinchilla butcher, Gleeson Quality Meats. The Miles Windsor Hotel also purchase produce from the local Chaplain Butchery and Miles Wholesale Meats and Smallgoods for the other proteins which highlight their menu. When visiting the Miles Windsor Hotel, you may also notice the array of art



displayed on every wall. This art is created by local artisans to depict the local area and showcase regional creativity. This is collected by owners Jaimee and Stephen for patrons to enjoy. » TRY: Prime rib fillet, Wagyu Rump, Wagyu Spring Rolls. QUEENSLAND HOTEL The Queensland Hotel, or as locals call it ‘The Q’, prides themselves on serving hearty, home-style pub classics, using an array of locally sourced produce. The meat you find on the menu is delivered from Chaplain Butchery in Miles. Bread is delivered freshly made from the local baker, Mace’s Hot Bread. Fresh produce is purchased from the local IGA and FoodWorks who supply many businesses in the Western Downs. At the Queensland Hotel you will be sure to find generous portions and an authentic atmosphere in which to enjoy. » TRY: Mixed grill ‘Murilla Gorilla’. MACE’S HOT BREAD AND CHAPLAIN BUTCHERY Mace’s Hot Bread in Miles are a family owned local artisan bakery catering to visitors’ every bread and pastry need. All their delicious cakes and slices are handcrafted, and they are the only salad bar in the town. All bread and pastry for their pies, sausage rolls and slices are handmade on site. The team produce the freshest sandwiches and rolls seven days a week. Mace’s Hot Bread supply bread all over the region daily or every second day, as well as locally to all service stations and retail outlets such as IGA and FoodWorks. The bakery purchase meat to make their sausage rolls and pies from local Chaplain Butchery, also in Miles. Chaplain’s lamb, pork and beef come from Steve’s Country Kills in Chinchilla which is stocked from local farmers within the Western Downs region.

WHERE TO FIND MILES PRODUCE Miles Wholesale Meats and Smallgoods 24 Murilla Street, Miles 07 4627 2193 Miles Windsor Hotel 39 Murilla Street, Miles 07 4627 1159 @WindsorHotelMotel Queensland Hotel 29 Murilla St, Miles (07) 4627 1152 Chaplain Butchery 110 Murilla Street, Miles (07) 4627 1028 @ChaplainButchery Mace’s Hot Bread 3 Pine Street, Miles (07) 4627 1592 @Macesbakery


Taste Condamine T

he township of Condamine is located south of Miles on the meandering Condamine River. Surrounding Condamine are many feedlots and a freshwater fish farm, as well as arguably the region’s top camping location, Caliguel Lagoon. You are in the heart of cattle country here and Condamine is famous for the invention of the Condamine or Bullfrog Bell. Designed to be hung from the necks of working bullocks, the bells ensured the stockmen were able to locate their

cattle when left to roam and graze. Stockmen were even able to determine the distance of a bullock by the sound of its bell. Visitors can learn more of this history when they stop to read the inscription on the side of the large replica bell in Bell Park. Catching a “Cod on the Condamine” is also a popular activity for visitors and locals alike, followed by a coldie at the Condamine Hotel where you can talk about the one that got away!








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Condamine Hotel

Condamine Hotel

CONDAMINE HOTEL The Condamine Hotel is a famous establishment set in the town that is home to the Condamine Bell. Sitting on the banks of the Condamine River, this popular country hotel with modern country architecture provides a menu that houses a range of local paddock to plate options. You are in feedlot country here, and on their menu, you will find both rib and eye fillet, brisket and beef cheeks supplied by Meandarra based producer Four Daughters Premium Black Angus. The T-bones are from Rangeland Quality Meats and these are supplied by local Miles butcher Chaplain Butchery. Condabilla fish farm supplies their Murray Cod and a variety of their sides are sourced from local producers.

WHERE TO FIND CONDAMINE PRODUCE Condamine Hotel 1 Wambo Street, Condamine QLD (07) 4627 7219 @CondaminePub

» TRY: Four Daughters Rib Fillet.


The first European to pass through the district was the explorer Allan Cunningham who crossed the river in 1827 and named it after the aide-de-camp to Governor Darling whose surname was De la Condamine.

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ulacca is a small rural town on the Warrego Highway, 43 kilometres west of the town of Miles. First came the railway in 1879 and then came the town.

whoever could restore their land to its original state. It is estimated that the menacing plant covered more than 50 million acres of Queensland, at its peak.

An interesting point to note about Dulacca, is that it was the site of the first efforts to eradicate the invasive prickly pear cactus. This fight was spurred on by the Government’s reward of 40,000 hectares of land to

The town’s hotel, known as the Pink Pub, dates from 1908 and a brief history of the town is displayed at Roy Henderson Memorial Park. Join the locals for a yarn and learn a little more about the town’s interesting beginnings.








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Dulacca Hotel


WHERE TO FIND DULACCA PRODUCE Dulacca Hotel Cnr Glynn Ave and Bell Street, Dulacca (07) 4627 6101 @dulaccahotel Rangeland Quality Meats 0400 636 683 @RangelandQualityMeats


The town name was originally spelt ‘Doolackah’, with the name being derived from an Aboriginal name meaning ‘emu tracks’.


Dulacca was the site of the first efforts to eradicate the invasive prickly pear cactus.

You will not be able to miss the iconic ‘Pink Pub’ as you drive into Dulacca. Built in 1908, the Dulacca Hotel personifies good old-fashioned hospitality, with a modern twist. The Dulacca Hotel has partnered with the locally-owned butcher, Rangeland Quality Meats, to bring all who visit locally produced MSA graded beef from just down the road. Rangeland Quality Meats are farmer-owned, and family operated and adopt a free-range, ethical approach to grazing. They produce a premium ‘paddock to plate’ product which is MSA graded for guaranteed quality and which is readily available on the menu at The Pink Pub Dulacca Hotel. Choose one of their steaks to sink your teeth into true, quality Aussie beef, produced and prepared to perfection. To accompany your protein, relishes are made in-house in Dulacca, and fresh produce such as organic lettuce and other salad items are grown just down the road in the town of Bogandilla. Keep an eye out for their specials including a ‘pick of the paddock’ or a ‘fish of the week’. » TRY: 400g T-Bone with sweet potato chips and vegetables.



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ake the road less travelled and you will end up in the peaceful Tara Region, as far from city life as you can imagine. Accessed off the main Moonie and Warrego Highways, Tara is also the starting point for Sunset Way Tourist Drive. If you are hankering to escape the stress of the city, you’ll find life in Tara happens at a relaxed pace and travellers are always welcome to stay a while and enjoy the Lagoon Parklands featuring Settlers Park and the Walk of Remembrance Garden. The Lagoon offers a cool respite and you can picnic by the water’s edge, fish, cycle or enjoy the interpretive walk to see an abundance of birdlife.


What may come as a surprise to visitors is the Hugh Sawrey artworks in the dining room of the Commercial Hotel. While you will find his art hung on the walls of the Queensland Art Gallery and National Museum of Australia, you can also enjoy this legend in Tara. Sawrey was a Tara resident in the 1960s, his muse for Australian life and its people, so famously depicted with oil brushstrokes on canvas. Tara has a proud history in sheep, lamb, and wool production. Locally grown lamb can be purchased from Tara’s FoodWorks and ordered off the menu from the Commercial Hotel.







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Native flora and fauna displays are abundant throughout the Shire, and among these you can spot some rare species.


Tara FoodWorks

FoodWorks in Tara prides itself on its fresh, contemporary approach to retail whilst retaining a friendly, communityfocused relationship with locals. They are huge advocates for supporting local farmers, with all beef and lamb available for purchase here coming from Western Downs producers from Tara and Meandarra feedlots. The team make their own sausages in house, and you will find on their shelves, local producer brand Four Daughters Premium Black Angus beef who are an MSA graded, grain fed, hormone free cattle producer based in Meandarra. FOUR DAUGHTERS BLACK ANGUS BEEF


At Four Daughters, they believe that good meat doesn’t just happen, it’s produced intentionally, and this is certainly reflected in their end-product which you can find in a menu or on store shelves across the Western Downs.

FoodWorks 22-24 Milne Street, Tara Four Daughters Premium Black Angus Beef Meandarra QLD 0427 695 217 @fourdaughtersbeef

Culberts Meat

This family owned and operated beef business currently supply their Premium Black Angus beef to select Queensland locations as well as being able to export their 150 Day Grain Fed Premium Black Angus directly into China and Hong Kong. Look for it on the menu of the Condamine Hotel, or purchase cuts directly from the shelves of Tara FoodWorks. The Four Daughters team have also developed a 150-day Premium Black Angus beef box which is available for purchase on their website all year round. Once ordered, the team will arrange a pickup time that suits you.

Culberts Meat

Four Daughters Premium Black Angus Beef



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racing its European origin back to Ludwig Leichhardt’s journey from Jimbour to Port Essington during 1844, Juandah Station was the first European settlement in the area which eventually expanded into a township, now known as Wandoan. Set on a backdrop of towering grain silos and prime farming land, Wandoan is a charming wheat and cattle country town. WANDOAN CAFÉ A must-visit in Wandoan is a small country café with great coffee and homestyle food. In honour of the days when the town would celebrate the Wandoan Sale day, the café has brought in sale day lunch and morning tea specials. Meat on the menu is purchased from Chaplain Butchery in Miles, and bread is delivered fresh from Mace’s Hot Bread which is also in Miles. The team embrace their rich history and when visiting the café make sure to look around and ask about the many stories surrounding the photography that laces the walls.


Wandoan used to be known as Juandah Station.







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Wandoan Cafe

Wandoan Town

WHERE TO FIND WANDOAN PRODUCE Wandoan Café 35 Royd St, Wandoan (07) 4627 5818

Wandoan Town

Wandoan Town





Chinchilla is known as the Melon Capital of Australia, and so where else would you go to celebrate the biennial Melon Festival! The festival includes a full program of events such as melon farm tours, lunch with local chefs and local produce, and many other melon-activities.

The Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races are held every second year to include festival camping with camp oven cooking demonstrations, farm tours, a bush dance, a live concert and of course the camel races.

Held every second year in February. BIG SKIES FESTIVAL Each year the Western Downs enjoy showcasing some of Australia’s music greats on the grounds of the iconic Jimbour Station for their annual Big Skies Festival. Other activities during Big Skies include camp kitchen meals, local markets, and regional tours. Keep an eye out for this festival in May. JANDOWAE TIMBERTOWN FESTIVAL Each year the town of Jandowae turns it on for the Jandowae Timbertown Festival which includes local markets showcasing regional produce, country hospitality, live entertainment, and free family fun. Held every second year in June. OPERA AT JIMBOUR Each year you can enjoy a real country experience with a classical twist at the Opera at Jimbour. Located on the glorious grounds of Jimbour House, Opera at Jimbour is a full day of fun for the whole family and includes unique and tasty finds of food and wine from the Western Downs region. Held every year in July.

Held every second year in August. DALBY STOCKHORSE SALE The annual Dalby Stockhorse Sale is a pinnacle event that promotes the versatility of the great Australian Stock Horse - the “Breed for Every Need”. Held every year in December. DALBY’S DELICIOUS AND DELIGHTFUL FESTIVAL Each year Dalby locals come together to host their own multicultural festival that embraces the many cultures in our nation and in the Western Downs. Keep an eye out for this festival in August. MILES BACK TO THE BUSH FESTIVAL Held biennially in Miles is a celebration of all we love about living in the bush. The Miles back to the bush festival includes activities such as the “Feedlot to Fork” a paddock-to-plate dinner experience featuring locally produced beef and condiments. Keep an eye out for this festival in September. TOWN SHOWS The Western Downs are renowned for their annual town shows which are a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience authentic local activities and local produce experiences.

Visit for more information on local events.






1. Chinchilla Melon Festival 2. Big Skies Festival 3. Jandowae Timbertown Festival 4. Opera at Jimbour 5. Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races 6. Dalby Stockhorse Sale 7. Dalby’s Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival 8. Miles Back to the Bush Festival







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he Chef’s Table event is hosted annually in line with Western Downs’ Big Skies event. Held at the iconic Jimbour House, the Chef’s Table is an afternoon of gourmet dining under a canopy of trees in the Western Downs. Jimbour House is a heritage-listed homestead on one of the earliest stations on the Darling Downs. Established in 1876, the house and surrounding gardens offer an exquisite backdrop for any special event. The Chefs Table event features a celebrity chef cooking a five-course gourmet luncheon, which showcases the best of local Western Downs produce paired with delicious wines that match the flavour, character, and intensity of the local produce served up. Keep an eye out at for this exclusive event held in May. It is a sell out every year!

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Bellview Hotel

29 Dennis Street, Bell

07 4663 1211

Centre Coffee Shop

The Bell Bunya Community Centre 71 Maxwell Street, Bell

07 4663 1087

Gordon's Meats

Ensor Street, Bell

07 4663 1226

Pips 'n' Cherries

15 Cassidy Street, Bell

07 4663 1184

Amelias Place Chinchilla

4/44 Middle Street, Chinchilla

07 4669 1263

Coffee Club Chinchilla

2/30-50 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla

07 4570 2001

Chinchilla RSL Memorial Club

61 Heeney Street, Chinchilla

07 4662 7196

Club Hotel Chinchilla

131 Heeney Street, Chinchilla

07 4669 1100

Commercial Hotel Motel

17 Chinchilla Street, Chinchilla

07 4662 7524

Dorney's Cake Shop

83 Heeney Street, Chinchilla

07 4669 1407

Fuzzy's Bakery

105 Heeney Street, Chinchilla

07 4668 9338

Gleeson Quality Meats

91 Heeney Street, Chinchilla

07 4662 7475

Great Western Restaurant

Warrego Highway, Chinchilla

07 4662 8288

House N Tea

81 Wambo Street, Chinchilla

0400 885 000

Masala Hut

4-6/44 Middle Street, Chinchilla

07 4662 7535

Palms Restaurant

64-70 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla

07 4672 9888

Panache @ Home Cafe and Gift Shop

3/37 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla

07 4665 5313

Purple Cow Butchery

6 Inverai Road, Chinchilla

07 4668 9235

Saltys Fish and Chips and Takeaway

107 Heeney Street, Chinchilla

07 4503 1879

Thai Delicious

2/25 Bell Street, Chinchilla

07 4668 9477

The Downtown Cafe

25 Bell Street, Chinchilla

07 4669 1757

Condamine Bell Hotel Motel

1 Wambo Street, Condamine

07 4627 7219

Condamine Roadhouse

16 Wambo Street, Condamine

07 4627 7106

Condamine Pub

1 Wambo Street, Condamine

07 4627 7219

Ashton’s Butchery

Shop 7 Dalby Shopping Centre, Dalby

07 4669 8404

Australian Hotel Motel Dalby

38 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4662 2980

Brumby’s Dalby

92 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4669 8900

Coffee Club Dalby

104 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4662 2966

Criterion Hotel Dalby

77 Warrego Highway, Dalby

07 4662 3303

Culbert's Meats

14 Drayton Street, Dalby

07 4669 8983

Curry Resort

4/8 Stuart Street, Dalby

07 4662 2338

Dalby Heath Foods

123 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4668 9320

Dalby Leagues Club

Orpen Street, Dalby

07 4662 1433

Dalby Sushi

12/66 Drayton Street, Dalby

0437 044 631

Kobbers Restaurant

37A Nicholson Street, Dalby

07 4669 7488

Lotus River Chinese Smorgasbord Take Away

66 Drayton Street, Dalby

07 4669 6743

Lum's Chinese Restaurant

135 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4544 8707

Marissa’s Espresso Bar

Shop 3/37 North Street, Dalby

0409 616 564

Marissa's General Store/ Marissa’s Espresso

22 Bunya Street, Dalby

0428 690 209

Michel’s Patisserie

Kiosk 6, Dalby Shoppingworld

07 4663 1184

My Noodle Box (aka Day Day Wants Noddle Bar)

119 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4669 8368

O’Shea’s Windsor Hotel

32 Patrick Street, Dalby

07 4662 2911









Russell Tavern

Roche Street, Dalby

07 4662 2122

Saffron Blue - Indian and Thai restaurant

7/24 New Street, Dalby

07 4662 2205

Shona's Coffee

26 Cunningham Street, Dalby

0428 750 720

Southside Quality Meats & Butchers Pantry

106 Drayton Street, Dalby

07 4662 2950

Squires Restaurant (located in Dalby Manor Motor Inn)

18 Drayton Street, Dalby

07 4662 1011

Stella Rossa

115A Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4662 3656

Urban Paddock

138 Cunningham Street, Dalby

07 4662 2628

Dulacca Hotel

Lot 4 Glynn Ave, Dulacca

07 4627 6101

Dulacca Truckstop

Warrego Highway, Dulacca

07 4627 6171

Cnr Godfrey and Lorna Streets, Glenmorgan

07 4665 6727

Exchange Hotel

41 High Street, Jandowae

07 4668 5139

Jandowae Hotel Motel

32 High Street, Jandowae

07 4668 5206

Nelson Family Meats

43 High Street, Jandowae

07 4668 5439

72-74 Moffatt Street, Kaimkillenbun

07 4663 4108

Lot 10 High Street, Kogan

07 4668 1720

Meandarra Bowls Club

Maud Street, Meandarra

07 4665 6183

Meandarra Royal Hotel

3 Sara Street, Meandarra

07 4665 6183

Sara Street Café

Sara Street, Meandarra

07 4665 6121

Chaplain Butchery

110 Murilla Street, Miles

07 4627 1028

Hotel Australia Miles

55 Murilla Street, Miles

07 4627 1106

Mace's Hot Bread Miles

3 Pine Street, Miles

07 4627 1592

Miles Wholesale Meats & Smallgoods

24 Murilla Street, Miles

07 4627 2193

Miles Windsor Hotel Motel

39 Murilla Street, Miles

07 4627 1159

Swagsman Restaurant

1-11 Marian Street, Miles

07 4627 2663

Creek Café

41 Murilla Street, Miles

07 4627 2797

Queensland Hotel

29 Murilla Street, Miles

07 4627 1152

Cnr Leichhardt & Moonie Highway, Moonie

07 4665 0200

Commercial Hotel Tara

1 Baddleys Lane, Tara

07 4665 3410

Tara Café

2/25 Day Street, Tara

07 4665 3152

Tara Bowls Club

Bilton Street, Tara

07 4665 3329

Wieambilla South Country Club

22 Billabong Lane, Wieambilla

07 4665 6159

Woolshed Bakery

38 Day Street, Tara

07 4669 4400

Juandah Hotel Wandoan

11 Lawton Street, Wandoan

07 4627 4155

Wandoan BP & Café

Zupp Road, Wandoan

07 4627 4233

Wandoan Café & Coffee Shop

35 Royd Street, Wandoan

07 4627 5818

Cnr Robinson & Talbot Streets, Warra

07 4668 1203


GLENMORGAN Glenmorgan Bottle Tree Inn



KOGAN Kogan Hotel



MOONIE Moonie Crossroads



WARRA Warra Hotel



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