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Take a holiday like you used to: A family road trip through the Western Downs

School holidays are back … again. Don’t press the panic button just yet. The Western Downs ticks plenty of the ‘escape to the country’ boxe...

Play your cards right with these 11 things to do in Dalby

If the Western Downs was a hand of cards, Dalby would be King. After all, it reigns supreme as Australia’s richest cotton and grain growing area. ...

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Where to sink a coldie in the Western Downs

Forget fine dining and vineyard valleys - there’s no place more iconic to sip a cold beer than a classic country pub. Yep, we’re talking about ...

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What’s growing: Things you didn’t know about the crops in the Western Downs

From the skyscrapers of Brisbane to the stark plains of the outback, there’s a whole lotta crop country in the Western Downs in between. We’re ...

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Whether you’re embarking on a long road trip out west, or escaping for just a weekend, choosing where to plonk down for the night is just as importa...

Pet-friendly Western Downs: 10 places to stay with your best friend

In the Western Downs, man’s best friend is considered a member of the family. That’s why many establishments across its vast countryside welco...

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Go fish: Where to cast off in the Western Downs

With creeks, rivers and tributaries running through the countryside like veins through the human body, few regions can lay claim to inland fishing as ...

A local’s guide to Tara

Only 3.5 hours from the city lights of Brisbane, you’ll find yourself in camel country, aka Tara. Home to the Tara Festival of Culture & Came...

48 Hours in the Bunya Mountains

It’s no surprise the Bunya Mountains can draw a crowd. This is a destination that’s been in the business of bringing communities together for 40 m...

9 hidden treasures you didn’t know existed in the Western Downs

Did you know that just west of the Great Dividing Range you can find endless plains of colourful fields, rolling grass hills, big skies and small town...

7 things you didn’t know about Queensland’s longest named town: Kaimkillenbun

Its population might only reach three figures (293), but if the number of letters in its name tell of anything - it’s that there’s much to learn a...

7 more hidden treasures you didn’t know existed in the Western Downs

From natural beauty to history and culture, there’s always something new to discover in the Western Downs. Like everything good in life, the bes...

Your Chinchilla guide: 9 things to do in the watermelon capital

What do cactuses, The Club and Charley’s Creek have in common? You can find them all in Chinchilla, 300km west of Brisbane, along the central art...

Turn back the clock with these 10 things to do in Miles

Perched 360km west of Brisbane, Miles is a town worth going the extra mile to find. Only 4.5 hours lay between big city Brisbane lights and Miles c...

Shake up your Monday morning water-cooler chat with these Western Downs weekend ideas

Shelve your weekly chores and take back the reins of weekend freedom. It’s time to pay a visit to a destination that your office colleagues proba...

72 Hour Guide: A long weekend in the Western Downs

If ever you needed proof that green time is more important than screen time, a holiday west of centre will be all the convincing you need. West of ...

Pitch Perfect: Where to camp in the Western Downs

If your regular campsite has you sleeping in conditions that resemble an offshore call centre rather than an agoraphobes worst nightmare, it’s time ...

Coffee and cake: your cafe trail through the Western Downs

There’s no doubt about it - travelling is hungry business. Luckily, cafes and car trips go hand in hand like, well, coffee and cake. When it come...

48 hours sinking your teeth into the Chinchilla Melon Festival

What does summer look like to you? If your answer included munching on sweet, thirst-quenching watermelons, then your summer is about to get a whol...

Where to shop and eat local in the Western Downs

When agriculture, farming, and wheat are three of a region’s top industries, you know your tastebuds are in for a good time. Not only can you sam...

The ultimate guide to Big Skies Festival

Name another festival with a heritage-listed French colonial home as your backdrop that serves up a five-course luncheon and is only three hours’ dr...

Your ultimate guide to the Bunya, Bell, Jimbour, Jandowae tour

Looking for a road trip that combines Queensland’s second oldest national park with the world’s longest man-made structure, a French-style country...

How to do the Leichhardt Highway

Stretching close to 700 kilometres from Goondiwindi to Yeppoon, and running through the Western Downs from south to north, the Leichhardt Highway has ...

The ultimate camping guide in the Western Downs

Looking for accommodation in the Western Downs that offers a million-star-rating? Whether you prefer to pitch a tent or BYO accommodation on wheels...

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Where to take a picnic in the Western Downs

Do you know the recipe to a perfect picnic? If it includes a beautiful Western Downs setting, perfect weather, great food and good company – we t...

Country Pub Guide: The off the beaten track pub tour

Who doesn’t love a bit of country hospitality when it’s paired with a pint and a parmi? Get to know the town beyond the guide book by pulling u...

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9 things to see along the Western Downs Military Trail

Like many Australian towns whose local men and women served during both World Wars as well as welcoming returning soldiers taking up land as part of t...

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10 things to see along the Western Downs Heritage and History Trail

With a strong pioneering history, the Western Downs has many historical tales to tell – but not all of them can be told through words or images. ...

life-sized bronze sculptures of Hugh Sawrey and Nelson Dwyer
11 places to have an arts and cultural experience in the Western Downs

While the art galleries in the Western Downs region may hang the works of some of Australia’s best-known artists, this region’s connection with ar...

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For more information on experiencing the Western Downs contact one of our friendly Visitor Information Centres
Ph: 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)
(07) 4679 4000 for interstate callers or email: info@wdrc.qld.gov.au

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