Home' Southern Queensland Country : Southern Queensland Country 2016-17 Contents 82
2016/17 Southern Queensland Country Visitors’ Guide
A taste of life as it used to be is what’s
in store when you stay a while in Dalby,
an easy 85 kilometres west along the
Warrego Highway from Toowoomba.
You’ll discover tranquil country
landscapes, a well-preserved heritage,
access to untouched natural places and a
hive of rural enterprise. The pace is easy
and good old-fashioned hospitality is
alive and well in these parts.
The best travel tip here is simple: don’t
rush or you’ll miss it! To get the best from
this charming country town, take your
time to talk to locals and delve into the
history and stories that give it a character
all its own.
Hit the Heritage Trail to explore on foot
some of Dalby’s historic buildings. Start
at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, built in
1921, and discover the old police station
dating from the mid-1860s; the Art
Centre, which was once the Bath House;
and Mary’s Commercial Hotel (1885) –
one of the oldest and most legendary
pubs on the Western Downs.
You can delve further into the local
history at Pioneer Park Museum. Exhibits
include working farm machinery from
the late 1800s and early 1900s, early
fashions and household memorabilia
and an extensive collection of minerals,
rocks and fossils. Of notable interest
is the handwritten letter by Ned Kelly
asking authorities to allow his mother to
visit him in prison.
The Myall Creek Parklands Walkway is
popular with bird watchers and it’s also
signed with plaques detailing places
of historical significance. For a great
picnic spot with a children’s adventure
playground, head to Thomas Jack Park
on the edge of town.
There’s probably no place better for local
flavour than the vibrant atmosphere of
Dalby Wambo Sale Yards – one of the
largest one-day selling centres for cattle
in Queensland, open Wednesdays.
Events to travel for include the Dalby
Show in April; Dalby Picnic Races in May;
the Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival in
August; and Australia’s largest Stock
Horse Sale and Campdraft on the first
week of December.
Dalby is one of the closest towns in
Southern Queensland Country to base
yourself to explore the majestic Bunya
Mountains. Another easy excursion is
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park –
which protects the only natural lake on
the Darling Downs and the surrounding
cypress and brigalow. You can go
swimming, boating and water skiing or
picnic under river red gums, relax and
enjoy the wildlife and wildflowers.
North of Dalby, the town of Jandowae
welcomes visitors to their friendly
country community. The Dingo Barrier
Fence – ‘ the longest fence in the world’
has its northern end near Jandowae.
The fence is 5600 kilometres long and
stretches to the Great Australian Bight.
A two-metre dingo sculpture by Scottish
artist, Andy Scott, takes pride of place
in Jandowae’s main street, and don’t
miss the monthly country markets. The
biennial Timbertown Festival, next in
June 2016, features markets, roving
entertainment, a gala art show, a ute
show, a rodeo and bronc extravaganza.
An easy drive north-east of Dalby is the
historic heritage-listed Jimbour House,
circa 1876. This French classic design
sandstone homestead takes its name
from Jimbour Station, a vast pastoral
holding that once stretched from the
Bunya Mountains to the Condamine
River. Visitors are welcome daily to tour
the grounds and magnificent gardens on
the Living History Walk, an experience
of historical plaques, sights and sounds
that bring a rich and colourful heritage
to life. Jimbour Station hosts the biennial
event Opera at Jimbour, (next in 2017)
where orchestral music and special
guests perform for visitors from across
the state in the open country air.
South of Jimbour along the Warrego
Highway is the township of Warra.
At Richard Best Memorial Park is the
restored former Warra Railway Station.
A short walk from the park you’ll find
the 1844 campsite of explorer Ludwig
Nestled between the Bunya Mountains
and fertile farmlands, Bell is a
picturesque country township, rich in
pastoral and agricultural heritage and
home to cropping and livestock farming.
Follow the signs to the Bell Bunya
Community Centre. Here you’ll find
the Bell Visitor Information Centre,
Bluebelles Art Gallery and a coffee shop,
open daily from 10am – 3pm.
Jimbour House, Jimbour
Links Archive Navigation Previous Page Next Page