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Chinchilla Melon Festival

14-17 February 2019

A celebration of all things melon and a tribute to our town's melon farming reputation, the Chinchilla Melon Festival has become a renowned Queensland event. Held in February every second year, the festival encompasses a week of activities with the highlight being the classic Family Fun Day and colourful street parade. If you've never skied on watermelons or attempted a melon bungee, then you need to put the Chinchilla Melon Festival at the top of your to-do list! 


Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races


Capturing and celebrating the diversity of culture in the Tara District and Western Downs region is what this festival is all about. Held every second year, the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is a truly unique event of cultural entertainment, cuisine, displays, demonstrations and spectacular sunsets over the festival camping grounds. With two full days of camel racing and an entire day devoted to cuisines of the world, there is ample opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of relaxed rural life and discover why we love living on the Western Downs. 

To learn more about this truly unique festival, please visit or contact the Tara Customer Service Centre on (07) 4678 7804.


Jandowae Timbertown Festival

9-10 June 2018

Our rich timber heritage is honoured as the diverse industries and community groups of today come together to showcase our town in the biennial Jandowae Timbertown Festival. A full weekend program includes an art exhibition, sporting competitions and casual Sunday markets, but the big event is our Street Festival and Timbertown Grand Parade. The streets of Jandowae become a mass of colour and energy with community performances, musical acts, buskers, bush poets, and fun and entertainment for all ages. Mid-morning you cannot miss the Grand Parade, which kicks off at our iconic Athlone Cottage, featuring the biggest timber log you have ever seen, walking trees, vintage cars and vibrant floats of all shapes and sizes. After a jam-packed day of celebrations, join us at the Rodeo Extravaganza for a full line-up of bull and horse events followed by great music playing late into the evening. 

For more information on this significant regional event, please visit or contact the Jandowae Community & Cultural Centre on (07) 4668 4480.


Dalby Delicious and DeLIGHTful

18 August 2018

An annual spring gathering, Dalby Delicious and DeLIGHTful is an intimate festival that celebrates community collaboration, cultural diversity and international cuisine. The beautiful banks of the Myall Creek come to life with locals and visitors indulging in multicultural food, entertainment and workshops in the crisp evening air. Watch as the highlight of the event unfolds with over 400 handmade lanterns spilling soft light onto the streets while they meander down to the banks of the Myall Creek in a spectacular street parade. A truly DeLIGHTful illustration of our district's pride in its rich heritage and growing multicultural identity, this event is sure to please.

For more information on Dalby Delicious and DeLIGHTful, please visit


Miles Back to the Bush Festival

6-9 September 2018

A festival held every two years that truly captures our living history and celebrates the relaxed country lifestyle of the Miles District, the Miles Back to the Bush Festival has evolved out of past Miles festivals and includes a program full of exciting events. This festival showcases the vitality of our district through a range of arts and cultural activities, entertainment, and whole lot of country living fun. 

Learn more about this festival by visiting the Facebook page or the Back to the Bush website.


Opera at Jimbour

‚ÄčHosted by the Queensland Music Festival in conjunction with Western Downs Regional Council and Jimbour Station, Opera at Jimbour has become one of regional Queensland's most popular free events. Every second year, up to 8000 music lovers converge on the magnificent grounds of heritage-listed Jimbour House to experience the divine sounds of operatic voices and orchestral musicians from the comfort of their chair or picnic blanket on the grass. Wander through the colourful array of market stalls exhibiting local arts and produce for sale as you soak up the warm winter sunshine before the captivating performances begin. 


Big Skies

The Big Skies Festival is the newest major event on the Western Downs celebrating everything that makes us great. The event attracts visitors from across Australia to enjoy all that the Western Downs has to offer. The beautiful Jimbour House is the host to the inaugural event, with country racing, everything locally grown and sewn, country hospitality and a finale of international chart toppers at the Day on the Plain concert.