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.
Less than three hours west of Brisbane, the Western Downs is a welcome escape from fast-paced city life. Known as Big Sky country, here in the Western Downs days unfold under vast open skies before the sun sets in tinted pastels and a blanket of stars appears in the clear night. Discover country towns, rich with pioneering history and friendly local characters, along with a vibrant arts and culture scene. Our country landscapes, national parks and freshwater lakes provide natural settings for camping and all kinds of outdoor adventures, from water sports to birdwatching, fossicking for rare petrified wood and much more.
We pride ourselves on our distinctive and quirky festivals and events, helping to make the region what it is. Join the fun of the world’s biggest watermelon festival; experience a grand night of opera in the grounds of the magnificent Jimbour House; watch the camels take to the track at Tara’s Festival of Culture and Camel Races or immerse yourself in country-style fun at the Back to the Bush Festival in Miles.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Experience Now
Discover some truly remarkable treasures in this corner of the Western Downs.Experience Now
Famous for its quirky and fun-filled biennial Melon Festival, a vibrant country town in the heart of the Western Downs.Experience Now
The charming town of Miles sits at the crossroads of the Warrego and Leichhardt Highways.Experience Now
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’.Experience Now
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.
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.
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.
The Western Downs has plenty of options for your stay – from camping and caravanning to the creature comforts of rural retreats and farm stays, your preferences are well catered for. Take your pick from campsites that get up close and personal with nature along waterfronts or state forests – many of which won’t even cost you a dime. The region’s hotel and motel offerings are vast, from villas to boutique accommodation like rural retreats and farm stays.
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Another for the bucket list – experience farm life on the Western Downs
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