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Miles and Surrounds

The charming town of Miles sits at the crossroads of the Warrego and Leichhardt Highways. It’s home to one of Australia’s finest historical museums, a vibrant arts community and the Back to the Bush Festival held when the first wildflowers appear. The  country villages of Drillham, Dulacca and Condamine are easily accessible on a short drive.

Grab your free Miles & Gurulmundi Wildflower Tour and Condamine Bell Tour brochures at our Visitor Information Centres.

Miles

Originally named Dogwood Crossing in 1844 by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt after the area’s prolific Dogwood shrubs, Miles was later named for the then William Miles, Minister for the Railways and local Member of Parliament. Its wide streets are a legacy of the time when bullock wagons turned here at the teamsters camp.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the pioneering era buildings at the remarkable Miles Historical Village Museum.
  • Catch an exhibition at the renowned art gallery at Dogwood Crossing @ Miles.
  • Take a stroll along the Dogwood Creek Walking Track, enjoy the spectacular native waterlilies on Chinaman’s Lagoon or take a self drive tour of the springtime wildflowers.
  • Our Back to the Bush Festival is held every second year in September.

Drillham

Twenty kilometres west of Miles and once a thriving settlement, Drillham’s railway weir on the creek provided water for steam locomotives. Reminders of these times can still be seen by the creek and roadside.

Dulacca

A further 22km west along the Warrego Highway, Dulacca was established in 1879 with the coming of the railway.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the town’s history and wartime contribution at the Roy Henderson Park.
  • Enjoy a cold drink at the Dulacca Hotel, known as the ‘Waterhole on the Hill’, dating from 1908.

Condamine

Located 33km south of Miles on the banks of the meandering Condamine River, Condamine is home to the famous Condamine or ‘Bullfrog’ Bell, created by a local blacksmith.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Don’t miss a large replica of the Condamine bell, inscribed with the history of the township in the Condamine Bell Park.
  • Savour a great pub meal at the timber-clad Condamine Hotel.
  • Ask the locals where the best fishing spots are along the Condamine River and try your luck.

Contact

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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