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Welcome to the Western Downs

You’re now entering Big Sky country

Blankets of produce, wildlife that carries the song of the bush, landscapes that spring to life and a proud heritage with an appreciation of the land. This is the Western Downs and the people that make it.

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Stay

Stay the night in the Western Downs choosing between sleeping under our big skies under just the cover of canvas, sleeping in the comfort of a hotel or motel bed, or settling into the creature comforts of a rural retreat or farm stay.

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Experiences

Experiences

The Western Downs is full of rich heritage, proudly made local produce, quaint fishing spots and more arts and culture than first meets the eye.

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Towns

Towns

From Miles to Dalby and all those dotted in-between, you’ll find towns rich in history, culture, agriculture and natural beauty in the Western Downs.

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Events

Events

Festivals and events for food and celebrating the bush are expected, but the Western Downs also plays host to festivals for watermelons, camel racing and operas sung in a historical homestead’s garden.

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Getting Here

There’s plenty of ways to get to the Western Downs – by road (drive at your leisure) coach (with daily services departing from Brisbane), train (operating twice weekly from Brisbane) or air where QantasLink, Regional Express (Rex) and Airnorth will connect you with the region via Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.

With its beautiful gardens and bustling main street, the thriving regional hub of Dalby is the gateway to the Western Downs.

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Discover some truly remarkable treasures in this corner of the Western Downs.

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Famous for its quirky and fun-filled biennial Melon Festival, a vibrant country town in the heart of the Western Downs.

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The charming town of Miles sits at the crossroads of the Warrego and Leichhardt Highways.

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The quiet wheat and cattle town of Wandoan, the perfect stopover as you travel along the Leichhardt Way.

First proclaimed by European settlement in 1862 and referred to as ‘Jindowie’, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘waterhole’.

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Towns

Discover why the towns along the Western Downs are well-known for their local produce – colourful tapestries of grain, wheat and cotton crops; cultural festivals and events – such as camel racing and melon festivals; and local sights such as historical villages, vibrant sunsets and the second-longest manmade structure in the world.

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Experience

The towns in the Western Downs region have plenty of experiences to offer visitors, from fishing in quaint local spots to camping and birdwatching, strolling through gardens, art galleries and observing the area’s rich history and heritage – each town has a story to share with you.

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Events

From Miles’ Back to the Bush Festival to Chinchilla’s Watermelon Festival, you won’t be short of quirky events to attend during your stay in the Western Downs. There’s also Dalby’s Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival, a multicultural food extravaganza, the award-winning Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races and Big Skies Festival set against the backdrop of Jimbour House.

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Another for the bucket list – experience farm life on the Western Downs

Another for the bucket list – experience farm life on the Western Downs

Ever wondered what life on the farm really looks like? Wonder …

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Blog

The Western Downs blog is the best place to stay up to date with local news and events. Get ideas on what to do and where to go when planning your itinerary for the Western Downs.

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It’s the people that make it.

It’s the people that make it.

When you ask locals and visitors what makes the Western Downs …

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Bargains you can’t refuse – a country shopping spree acr…

Bargains you can’t refuse – a country shopping spree across the Western Downs

If you thought the finest gifts were found in the big …

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Plan your ultimate Words Out West Fest experience

Plan your ultimate Words Out West Fest experience

From the region that brought you your favourite festivals showing off …

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