Dalby

From humble beginnings in 1841 as a crossing for Myall Creek (a tributary of the Condamine River), Dalby is a vibrant regional centre with cafes and natural wonders abound. Stop by the nearby towns of Bell – nestled in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, Kaimkillenbun – affectionately known as “The Bun”, Jimbour – with its magnificent country homestead, and Warra’s iconic Queenslander architecture. 

Experience Dalby

The thriving regional hub of Dalby is the gateway to the Western Downs, with its manicured gardens and bustling main street. Take your time to sample the area’s rich heritage and country hospitality, from the raw beauty of Lake Broadwater Conservation Park to local livestock shows and the town’s rich history at Dalby Pioneer Park Museum.
Enjoy our Heritage trail – click here for the link or call into Dalby Visitor Information Centre and get your copy

Fishing

Fishing

Looking for a spot to drop your line? Myall Creek in Dalby and the Warra Weir have you covered. Running through the heart of Dalby, Myall Creek is a local favourite walking and fishing spot. The fish here are diverse and varied, with golden perch and Murray cod among the population. The Warra Weir is abundant with natives to the Condamine River: golden perch, silver perch and Murray cod all native to the Condamine River.

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Self Drives

Self Drives

Stroll down Dalby’s main drag, Cunningham Street for a quaint country CBD full of art deco architecture and character thanks to its early European history. Packed with shops and eateries, there’s enough to fill your day (and stomach). Then, follow the self-guided Heritage Trail for a glimpse of Dalby’s early European history and marvel at the enormous collection of working tractors and agricultural machinery at Pioneer Park Museum.

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For the Kids

For the Kids

Experience Western Downs and enjoy family time. We’ve got you covered from a selfie at The Big Melon to a festival of Big Skies and all things in between. Try your hand at fossicking or pitch a tent, drop a line and roast a marshmallow.

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History & Heritage

History & Heritage

Walk down memory lane at the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum, housing the largest working tractor and agricultural machinery displays in Queensland. An original letter written from Ned Kelly’s jail cell to his mother asking her to visit him is a standout piece of history in the museum.

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Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Discover treasures at the Dalby Country Antique Shop and see why it’s a local favourite. You’ll find the quaint storefront in North Street, the perfect base to live out your Antiques Roadshow dreams. Chat to Ross, the friendly owner if you’re looking for a particular item and get a glimpse of the history of some antiques that have come through his shop door. The Bell Biblical Gardens in the nearby town of Bell is something to behold, filled with plants and trees mentioned in the bible, and adorned with art made from recycled materials.

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Nature

Nature

Take in the raw beauty of the only naturally occurring freshwater lake in the Western Downs. Colourful cotton and sorghum fields frame the route to Lake Broadwater Conservation Park and give way to the 350-hectare lake, which reflects the eucalypt trees and blue skies this area is known for. Your afternoon stroll is sorted with a riverside walk at the Myall Parklands packed with cockatoos, picnic areas and scenic views of the river.

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Dalby Surrounds

Bell

The beautiful little town of Bell is nestled in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, less than an hour’s drive away.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Our Catholic Church features exquisite murals by local artist Megg Cullen depicting the story of salvation.

Bell Biblical Gardens, depicting the 14 stations of the cross and many of the plants mentioned in the Bible, as well as inside of the church, exquisite murals by local artist and driving force behind the Bell Biblical Gardens, Megg Cullen.

Experience Bell and visit the Bell Bunya Community Centre, home to Bell’s visitor information centre, art gallery and library.  Be sure to try the homemade scones and local jam.

Kaimkillenbun

Recognised as the town with the longest single name in Queensland and affectionately known by locals as “The Bun”, Kaimkillenbun is a local Aboriginal word for the rim of the moon coming over the horizon.

A great place to stop on your way to the Bunya Mountains. “The Bun” is one of our 11 one town pubs.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Built in 1911, the Bun Pub has a poignant reminder of WWII with an original wall panel signed by local soldiers before they left for the war.

Jimbour

Home to a tiny Queensland school, a classic Clayton Shuttleworth tractor and an iconic heritage-listed homestead, Jimbour is a tiny town around 15 minutes north-west of Dalby.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Discover Jimbour Station, the great pastoral run that prompted the formation of the Jimbour township. While the heritage Jimbour House, one of Australia’s grandest colonial mansions, is a private residence, the owners graciously welcome guests to explore their gardens.

One of Queensland’s premier music events, Opera at Jimbour, is held every second year at the spectacular amphitheatre on the grounds of Jimbour House. The stunning Jimbour Plains also showcase some of Australia’s music greats at the “Big Skies” festival, a unique annual experience set in the Western Downs.

Warra

First settled in the 1840s, Warra’s beautifully maintained park is a testament to the town’s proud railway heritage and a pleasant rest stop.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Stop off for a cuppa at the restored railway station to the right of the Warrego Highway when you head west through town.

Stock up on local produce at the markets held on the second Sunday of the month.

Mingle with the locals at our annual Warra Race Day in July when our population almost triples.

Find out more in our Experience Warra complete brochure.

Stay in Dalby

Camping & Caravaning

Camping & Caravaning

Spend time in nature as you camp or caravan Dalby. Spend your days, strolling the town’s walking trails and soak in the atmosphere, go bird spotting or drop a line to reel in the catch of the day.

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Farm Stays & Retreat

Farm Stays & Retreat

The Western Downs offers a variety of welcoming boutique & rural retreats that provide an authentic experience of life on the land.

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Hotels & Motels

Hotels & Motels

The Western Downs has no shortage of room nights across its hotels and motels if camping isn’t your style. From boutique accommodation to villas, you’ll find somewhere to rest your weary bones after a day of exploring.

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