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Tara & Surrounds

Discover some truly remarkable treasures in this corner of the Western Downs.  From an internationally renowned botanic garden to a quirky vintage car museum, Tara and its surrounding towns are a surprising treat. The Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races are not to be missed.

Grab your free Explore Moonie brochure at our Visitor Information Centres.


Tara has lovingly preserved its pioneering history in its museum, while celebrating its multiculturalism with the award-winning annual Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races. You’ll find a network of outlying villages well worth exploring on a leisurely drive. Take your time and discover their individual character and charm.


Held every second year, the festival features delicious food, market stalls, cultural dance displays, live entertainment and racing camels.

Take a relaxing stroll in the Tara Lagoon Parklands.

Step back in time among the authentic memorabilia at the Tara and District Historical Museum.

Take a self-guided tour highlighting different eras of local architecture.

Learn more with our local’s guide to Tara.

Military memorabilia enthusiasts will be enthralled by our ANZAC Memorial Museum.
Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of Brigalow Creek.


The site of Australia’s first commercial oil field, Moonie’s Visitor Information Centre in the Rural Transaction Centre sells local arts and crafts, and the gardens are perfect for a picnic. The Moonie Yabbie Races are held every November.

Grab a copy of our Explore Moonie brochure, available at our friendly Visitor Information Centres.


Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum featuring around 60 vehicles dating from 1921 to 1966, and the internationally recognised Myall Park Botanic Garden seven kilometres outside town are absolute highlights.


The Gums is found on crossroads west of Tara. Enjoy a hearty meal at the local petrol station, self sufficient travellers are welcome to enjoy a relaxing stay nearby.

Don’t miss the fascinating memorabilia at our Hannaford Historical Museum inside the Post Office.


Try your swing on our nine hole rural golf course at Ingleston, a small settlement around 40km south of Meandarra.


Westmar is a welcoming break at the crossroads of the Moonie Highway and Meandarra-Talwood Road. Relax in the nearby rest area or the roadhouse gardens.


A quiet rural settlement west of Westmar where you’re welcome to camp on the banks of the Moonie River. The annual Flinton Races are held over Easter.


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:

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