Miles

The charming town of Miles sits at the crossroads of the Warrego and Leichhardt Highways. Home to a historical museum, a vibrant arts community and the biennial Back to the Bush Festival held when the first wildflowers appear. The nearby country villages of Drillham, Dulacca and Condamine (along with its famed bell) are easily accessible and add to the experience of Miles and its surrounds.

Experience Miles

Recognised as one of Australia’s best Historical Villages, experience early history at the Miles Historical Village Museum with over 30 authentic and original buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Catch an exhibition at the renowned art gallery located in Dogwood Crossing, and while you’re there take a stroll along the Dogwood Creek Walking Track.

History & Heritage

History & Heritage

Step back in time to a century ago and enter an old-fashioned town centre at the Miles Historical Village Museum. Complete with a school, church, bakery, chemist (to name a few), grab a self-guided map of the village and explore the 34 museum buildings. If you can’t get enough of this town’s history, head to Miles’ cultural hub, Dogwood Crossing. The multipurpose building encompasses a library, art gallery, IT centre and conference rooms hosting public programs and events for an added history and heritage fix.

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Self Drives

Self Drives

Discover history in ANZAC Park. Start off with a picnic in the park grounds, then take the time to pay your respects at the Remembrance Wall before visiting the rare German artillery field gun. Extend your adventure through the Western Downs with a short drive to neighbouring Dulacca, Drillham or Condamine. Head south to Condamine to spot the big Condamine Bell, trek west through Drillham and onto Dulacca for sundowners at the ’Pink Pub’.

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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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Fishing

Fishing

Miles has plenty of space to cast off – from the Gil Weir, to Caliguel Lagoon and the Condamine River. The Gil Weir is stocked with Murray cod and golden perch (fishing permit required), Caliguel Lagoon puts on a show in summer and autumn with the purple lilies in bloom keeping you company and the Condamine River serves up Murray cod and yellowbelly for hooking.

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Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Celebrate country life with a long weekend at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival. Every two years the festival takes over the town to showcase the best of rural living, with a street parade, markets, bush poetry and performances, and vintage car displays. Take part in the action with tractor pulling competitions, bush obstacle courses, men’s night and ladies’ high tea.

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Nature

Nature

If you fancy yourself a nature lover, wander amongst the wildflowers in Miles. Known for its spring landscapes blanketed in colourful wildflowers, experience the Western Downs’ floral show for yourself with a self-drive tour of the local hotspots (in season). Pick up a Wildflower Tour Map from the Information Centre and get your camera ready to snap some close ups of Grevillea and Boronia. Pay a special visit to Chinaman’s Lagoon, where people come from far and wide to see its Monet’s garden-esque pink and purple water lilies.

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Miles Surroundings

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 Waterhole on the Hill, 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.

Stay in Miles

Camping & Caravaning

Camping & Caravaning

Spend time in nature as you camp or caravan. 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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