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CMCA National Rally

October 8 October 14

Join us at Big Skies Festival 28 Sept – 2 Oct

Set at historic Jimbour House, this award winning festival features unique Western Downs experiences, including the Jacaranda long lunch, house tours, camp kitchen feasts, live music and happy hour in the hanger. If you’ve never been to Big Skies before, read more about some of the program highlights https://bigskies.westerndownsqueensland.com.au/events/.

Artist Line Up

This year’s Aussie Rock line up includes Diesel, Eskimo Joe, Rogue Traders, The Angels, Baby Animals and Thirsty Merc.

To book your tickets and onsite camping – click here: Big Skies Festival Tickets & Camping

Upcoming Rally Tours

We came, you spoke, and we listened!!

After travelling to Bingara in 2022 Western Downs Regional Council in partnership with its local tourism operators are thrilled to offer the below tours to the members and volunteers of the 36th National Rally.

These tours have been designed just for you and capture the heart & soul of our region.

Tickets go on sale 3 July!!

TOUR 1

Volunteer Pre-Rally Tour – Wednesday 4th October 2023
Dalby Saleyard Guided Tour
9am – 11am
Cost $30.00pp

Experience day-to-day operations at the second largest cattle selling centre in Australia! Witness the live auction as the auctioneers demonstrate their fast paced skills. Contributing to over 250 million to the local economy each year this impressive story is waiting to be shared with you!! Come & see how it all works.

Transport, Morning Tea & Guided Tour inclusive of price.https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-volunteer-tour-dalby-saleyards-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-481420590947

TOUR 2

Volunteer Pre-Rally Tour – Wednesday 4th October 2023
Garden Hideaway’s
12:30pm-4:30pm
Cost $30.00pp

This tour will take you to our very own Bell Biblical Gardens a beautiful garden containing living examples of many of the trees and plants mentioned in the Bible. Interspersed with mosaics & artworks this one is definitely worth the stop.

Next stop, Jubri’s Hideaway where not only the hidden gardens but the chance to meet owners Judy & Brian Harms will surely leave you feeling recharged and inspired. “it’s the people that make it”

Transport & Afternoon Tea inclusive of price https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-volunteer-tour-discovering-our-garden-hideaways-not-open-to-public-tickets-472336349737

TOUR 3

Volunteer Pre-Rally Tour – Friday 6th October 2023
Gems of Jandowae
9:30am-4:30pm
Cost $ 45.00

On this tour you will discover Athlone Cottage, the history of the Little French Digger and a taste of pioneering history. 

First stop the second longest man-made structure in the world? 

Followed by lunch at the Jandowae Hotel a true country pub with cold beer and good pub tucker. Come as a stranger, leave as a friend!!

Finish the day with the chance to discover why the Western Downs is known as Australia’s Energy Capital as we take a short detour via the Coopers Gap Wind Farm

Transport Morning Tea & Pub Lunch included (beverages at own expense) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-volunteer-only-tour-gems-of-jandowae-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-477705087777

TOUR 4

CMCA Members Tour – Monday 9th October 2023
Country Pub Tour
11:30am – 4:30pm
Cost $35.00pp

What better way to catch up with Rally friends on day one then to spend your afternoon sinking a coldie and grazing on a hearty meal.

Discover the history surrounding these two amazing pubs the kind that if only the walls could talk!! as you relax, laugh and make new memories and friends.

Fun Fact Kaimkillenbun has the longest town name in QLD known to locals as the “Bun” 

Transport and Lunch provided – (beverages at own expense).https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-country-pub-tour-not-availabe-to-general-public-tickets-477716501917

 

TOUR 5

CMCA Members Tour – Tuesday10th October 2023
Garden Hideaway’s
9am – 4:30pm
Cost $105.00pp

First stop the majestic Jimbour House as you are treated to a residence & garden tour, and not to mention mouth-watering Devonshire Tea. This timeless place beneath the Big Skies of the Western downs is rich in history and strikingly beautiful.

Our second stop will take you to our very own Bell Biblical Gardens a beautiful garden containing living examples of many of the trees and plants mentioned in the Bible, mosaics and of course some hidden secrets.

Lunch, what better way to have lunch then at the Bellview Hotel this genuine Australian Country pub is just one of the 11 one pub towns we have in region and offers A1 country hospitality.

Last stop, Jubri’s Hideaway where not only the hidden gardens but the chance to meet owners Judy & Brian Harms will surely leave you feeling recharged and inspired. “it’s the people that make it”

Transport, Devonshire Tea, and Lunch inclusive of price https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-tour-discovering-our-garden-hideaways-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-476874874587

TOUR 6

CMCA Members Tour – Tuesday10th October 2023
Farm Tour
9:30am – 3:30pm
Cost $55.00

Farmer Jays is the unique opportunity to experience a little bit of farm life, sample some locally grown organic produce and discover the vision of Jess & Johnno. Be sure to pack a bag as you are not going to want to leave here without a sample of the freshest veggies around.

From here time to relax and enjoy a good hearty pub meal as we journey to the Exchange Hotel.

Transport, morning tea, lunch inclusive of price (beverages at own expense) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-farm-tour-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-522186863967

TOUR 7

CMCA Members Tour – Wednesday 11th October 2023
Saleyard & Museum Tour
9:30am – 12:30pm
Cost $45.00

Experience day-to-day operations at the second largest cattle selling centre in Australia! Witness the live auction as the auctioneers demonstrate their fast paced skills. Contributing to over 250 million to the local economy each year this impressive story is waiting to be shared with you!! Come & see how it all works.

Next stop is the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum. Recognised as having one of the largest working tractor and agricultural machinery displays and a letter that puts the details of Ned Kelly’s shootout at Glenrowan into question. Fact of fiction you be the judge.

Transport, Museum Entry, Morning Tea and Guided Tour inclusive of price https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-tour-dalby-saleyard-auction-museum-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-481424933937

TOUR 8

CMCA Members Tour – Wednesday 11th October 2023
Garden Hideaway’s
9:00am – 1:00pm
Cost $70.00

First Stop, meeting Judy & Brian Harms at Jubri’s Hideaway this truly is an experience with their four hidden garden rooms, vibrant personalities and attention to detail. This stop will include morning tea.

Second stop a residence, and garden tour of the majestic Jimbour House. This timeless place beneath the Big Skies of the Western downs is rich in history and strikingly beautiful.

Transport, morning tea inclusive of price. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-tour-discovering-our-garden-hideaways-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-476850692257

TOUR 9

CMCA Members Tour – Thursday 12th October 2023
Darling Downs Power Station & Condabilla Fish Farm
9:15am – 4:30pm
Cost $50.00

This tour takes in a full day travelling first to the Darling Downs Power Station located in Kogan. The Darling Downs Power Station is a 644MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant, powered by three 9E gas turbines and a steam turbine.

Feeling hungry lunch and craving country hospitality than look no further than the iconic Condamine Pub one of the best watering holes on the Western Downs. 

Didn’t order catch of the day for lunch? Well no worries we have got you covered, as we finish off the day with farming of a different kind at the Condabilla Fish farm.

Obtaining its water from the floodwaters of the Condamine River, Condabilla Fish Farm supplies premium Murray Cod commercially throughout the East Coast of Australia and as a rare treat you will be able to purchase a taste at the discounted price of $20kg. Esky will be on board to help bring it home.

Transport & lunch inclusive of price (beverages at own expense).

For this Tour you are required to wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and closed in shoes. You will be provided with a high vis on arrival. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-rally-tour-power-station-cod-tour-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-477831104697

TOUR 10(a)

CMCA Members Tour – Thursday 12th October 2023
Bunya Mountains – One for the bird enthusiasts
8:00am – 3:00pm
Cost $22.50

The Bunya Mountains is Queensland’s second oldest rainforest and a must see & do.

Explore the walking tracks, hand feed one of the 120 bird species, soak up the panoramic mountain views or simply settle in at Australia’s highest whiskey bar!

A guided birding tour is just one of the highlights on offer today.

Lunch is easy you decide (not included)

Enjoy a meal at the Bunya Mountains Tavern, try a a Bunya Nut delicacy such as the Bunya Nut Burger at Poppies Café, pack a lunchbox or just grab that ice cream cone while picking up a keepsake from The Store.

Hot Tip – Shackletons will tantalise your taste buds with 116 varieties of whiskey on offer.

Transport & guided tour inclusive of price. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-rally-tour-discover-the-bunya-mountains-not-for-general-public-tickets-477845959127

TOUR 10(b)

CMCA Members Tour – Thursday 12th October 2023
Bunya Mountains
10:30am – 4:30pm
Cost $22.50

The Bunya Mountains is Queensland’s second oldest rainforest and a must see & do.

Explore the walking tracks, hand feed one of the 120 bird species, soak up the panoramic mountain views or simply settle in at Australia’s highest whiskey bar!

Lunch is easy you decide (not included)

Enjoy a meal at the Bunya Mountains Tavern, try a Bunya Nut delicacy such as the Bunya Nut Burger at Poppies Café, pack a lunchbox or just grab that ice cream cone while picking up a keepsake from The Store.

Hot Tip – Shackletons will tantalise your taste buds with 116 varieties of whiskey on offer.

Transport inclusive of price. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-rally-tour-discover-the-bunya-mountains-not-open-to-general-public-tickets-504081119197

TOUR 11

CMCA Members Tour – Friday 13th October 2023
Miles Historical Village Museum & Radio Play
9:00am – 4:30pm
Cost $70.00

On this guided tour, connecting to bygone memories of a disappearing country lifestyle is just one of the highlights as you immerse yourself in the stories and historical snippets about the area from the mid 1800’s through to mid-1900’s.

The Miles Historical Village Museum is proudly one of our premier tourist attractions on the Western Downs with over 30 authentic buildings and a newly air-conditioned Artesian Basin Interpretive Centre.

Finally laugh your way through the radio play performance whilst munching down on a delicious lunch.

Transport, Museum Entry, Radio Play & Lunch inclusive of tour. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmca-rally-tour-miles-museum-radio-play-not-open-general-public-tickets-477871154487