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Big Skies to present experience like no other in 2018

24 November 2017

Hot Air Balloon Spectacular is set to bring a splash of colour and unforgettable experiences to Big Skies 2018.

Hot Air Balloon Spectacular is set to bring a splash of colour and unforgettable experiences to Big Skies 2018.

Western Downs Regional Council has stepped up to the plate to deliver an event that will raise the bar for a destination-driven experience for both travellers and locals alike on the Western Downs.

  • A seven-day calendar of events for Council’s inaugural Big Skies is set to draw crowds to experience the Western Downs like never before;
  • Big Skies, bookended by the Dalby Picnic Races on Saturday, April 28 and the May Day long weekend, will feature a line-up of ticketed and free events designed to showcase the region for locals and visitors alike;
  • Camping and glamping options will be available at Jimbour Station for the duration of the stellar line-up of events, along with accommodation options from moteliers; and
  • Signature events will include ‘Big Night Sky – Guided tour of the Galaxy’; rock music concert ‘Day on the Plain’; ‘Big Skies Hot Air Balloon Spectacular’ and ‘Food and Fibre’, an event to showcase everything that has been locally sown and grown.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was thrilled the region would be hosting an event of this size and calibre.

“We’ve already established a reputation for delivering fantastic signature events such as Opera at Jimbour, and I believe Big Skies will be an unforgettable series of events that will put our region on the map and really set a new precedent for the Western Downs,” he said.

“Whether you want to recline on a guided tour of the galaxy, enjoy a champagne breakfast as you watch hot air balloons fill the sky over the Jimbour Plains or relax with friends as you enjoy a rock concert in the impressive amphitheatre of Jimbour Station, this event has something for everyone.”

Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst, said an event of this scale would have unprecedented economic benefits for the region.

“We have so much to offer and celebrate in this region, and Big Skies is about creating an experience like no other to showcase what makes the Western Downs such a great place,” she said.

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Media Contact:

Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392
Cr Donna Ashurst | Spokesperson for Economic Development | 0475 268 207