Peaceful freshwater rivers and creeks, wide open spaces and big skies … just naturally suited to outdoor activities. The mighty Condamine River weaves through the Western Downs, creating tranquil camping sites and a haven for water sports, fishing and bird watching. There are heritage camping sites where you’ll wander among a renowned botanic garden or pioneering relics.
Slip into a slower pace as you explore the peaceful waterways, and quiet country roads of the Western Downs. You’ll soon recognise the “country wave”, a laconic finger raised in greeting or be invited to enjoy a sun downer with fellow travellers.
Unspoilt bush and pristine freshwater lagoons, lakes and weirs provide idyllic campsites, and friendly caravan parks are dotted throughout our region.
Why not stay somewhere truly special? There are newly-renovated shearers quarters and campsites at Myall Park Botanic Gardens, where you’ll wander one of Australia’s largest collections of arid and semi-arid native plants.
Original pioneering buildings are still standing at the Juandah Heritage site, the station settlement which later became Wandoan. You’ll have tales to tell after staying in a converted underground bunker or troop train carriage at the ex-RAAF site of Possum Park.
The Western Downs is a natural playground for water sports, including canoeing, water skiing and boating.
Favourite fishing spots include Tara Lagoon, Archers Crossing on the Condamine River east of Chinchilla, and Gil Weir on Dogwood Creek south of Miles. Ask our friendly Visitor Information Centre staff for the best secret waterholes in our many creeks, rivers and dams.
Especially after rains, there are some truly special sights, including the carpet of rare waterlilies at Chinaman’s Lagoon in Miles and Brigalow Creek in Meandarra. Bird watchers are lured by the chance to spot some rarer bird species, including the painted honeyeater, grey-crowned babbler and flocks of glossy black cockatoo.
Our region is renowned for petrified wood, so don’t miss trying your luck fossicking. Ask the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre for licences and official fossicking areas to explore.
Clear blue skies give way to vivid outback sunsets as a peaceful end to a day’s outdoor adventure.