Visit Western Downs
Whether it’s by car, plane, bus or train, there’s plenty of ways to get to the Western Downs. Drive at your own leisure, catch the bus or train, or even fly into Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and take a bus into Dalby.
Where to Stay
Western Downs isn’t short on a range of accommodation options from homey hotels to friendly camping and caravan parks. If you’re chasing the ultimate Big Skies experience, set up camp on the grounds of Jimbour to stay close to the action.
Things to See and Do
Stroll through these iconic, beautiful gardens in the town of Bell, showcasing quirky local artwork and living examples of many of the trees and plants mentioned in the Bible.
If there’s one place to stop and stretch your legs it’s the beautiful Chinchilla Botanic Parklands and The Big Melon, residing in Chinchilla – aka the watermelon capital of the world.
Visit Dalby to experience the hustle and bustle of sale day at one of the finest saleyards in the industry or take a walk through time along the Dalby Heritage Walk.
Take the short drive to Jandowae to soak up some history at Athlone Cottage or check out one of the longest man-made structures in the world, the Dingo Barrier Fence.
There are pioneering stories at every turn along the History & Heritage Tour, so turn back time and retrace the footsteps of the region’s founders in original buildings and authentic bush museums.
Other Upcoming Events
Big Skies Festival isn’t the only incredible major event on the Western Downs. The region is home to many exciting events held across the year.
9 to 12 June 2022
Experience good ol’ fashioned outback culture at Jandowae’s Timbertown Festival. It’s a crowd favourite full of country hospitality, family fun and even some iconic woodchopping.
29 to 31 July 2022
Tick the ultimate outback experience off your bucketlist and head west for three big days of culture and camels at Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races.
26 to 27 August 2022
Celebrate multiculturalism and inclusivity at Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival featuring the iconic lantern parade, live performances and flavours from around the globe.
Experience the world’s best melon festival at the biennial Chinchilla Melon Fest with a program full of the most unique and exciting festival events around.
Head back to the Jimbour Plains for a relaxing weekend of exquisite opera and country hospitality along with unique local markets and hearty local produce.
Get a taste of rural life and bush festivities at Miles Back to the Bush Festival with a vast program perfect for everyone from history buffs and music lovers to nature goers and adventure chasers.
For an authentic country experience, have a drink with the locals and watch the renowned Australian Stock Horse at work before going under the hammer at the largest stock horse sale in the world, the Dalby Stockhorse Sale.