Western Downs, Queensland
Only three hours west of Brisbane, the Western Downs is an easy escape from fast paced city life. This is Big Sky country where days unfold under vast, wide open skies before the sun sets in vivid splendour and a blanket of stars appear in the clear nights. Discover country towns, rich with pioneering history and friendly local characters. Vibrant and distinctive festivals are truly special celebrations of what makes this region so special.
Our country landscapes, national parks and freshwater lakes provide natural settings for camping and all kinds of outdoor adventures, from water sports to bird watching, fossicking for rare petrified wood, hot air ballooning and much more. Join in the crazy 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 racing 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.
Star-filled skies, open spaces and amazing sunsets. Home of the Robyn Gordon grevillea and the rare pink native water lily. Stimulating art galleries displaying high-quality contemporary art. Engaging museums with meticulously preserved history including military artifacts and pioneering heritage. Or slip into a slower pace as you explore our peaceful waterways and quiet country roads.
Modern country living meets infinite investment opportunity. We are home to excellent schools and quality facilities. We are a region where you get all of this without losing the experience of true ‘community spirit’. Strike up a conversation with one of the locals who are proud to call this place home.
To experience events like no other, off the beaten track in Queensland – the Western Downs has an event for everyone. Explore the many facets of our region through distinctive local events and festivals. Enjoy our small town ambience at monthly market stalls and annual show days. Glamorous race days to massive Stock Horse sales.