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Constellations, camping and cuisine on the menu for Big Skies Festival

3 April 2018

A traditional camp oven feast is on the menu at Big Skies 2018.

Nothing beats dinner cooked on a bed of hot coals under a night sky filled with stars, especially when a professional is doing the cooking!

Guests at the inaugural Big Skies Festival 2018 will be treated to dinner with a difference on Thursday 3 May and Friday 4 May in the grounds of the stunning Jimbour House.

The Camp Oven Experience will delight visitors and locals with cuisine prepared in traditional cast-iron camp ovens over a coal fire.

Camp oven cuisine is famous for its hearty dishes and smoky flavour and the delicious menu is sure to entice the crowds.

Michael Patch, who will be dishing up the Big Skies camp oven fare said the evenings were a great chance for people to take a seat under the stars and see first-hand how a camp oven is prepared.

“It’s a really family friendly event, and it’s great for people to see us preparing the coals for the cooking fire and see this iconic Aussie bush way of cooking,” he said.

“We have a really hearty menu across the two nights, which includes roast pork; roast beef and vegetables; beef stew; beef curry and rice and of course some delicious desserts of sticky date pudding and boiled plum pudding with custard.”

Seating is provided for camp oven guests, and bookings are essential for catering purposes.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said the chance to camp out at Jimbour Station and see the homestead playing host to such a unique event was an opportunity not to be missed.

Camp oven cooking and starry night camping will be a feature at the inaugural Big Skies festival this year.

“It really is incredible out here on the grounds of Jimbour House, it’s one of the true historical mansions of the colonial days, and it draws people from all over the country to experience it,” she said.

“Camping out under the open, starry skies of the Western Downs and eating dinner cooked over the campfire isn’t a memory you’ll forget in a hurry.”

“There’s something special about winding down and taking time out to stop and enjoy the moment.”

Big Skies Festival offers camping at Jimbour Station for up to 10 nights, allowing visitors from far and wide to take their time exploring the local region and soaking up the atmosphere of Big Skies country.

Caravan and tent sites will be available to accommodate both short and long term camping, with plenty of activities and attractions around the festival and the local region to keep everyone entertained.

To book your stay on the stunning Jimbour Plains and to check out the other events held across the Big Skies festival head to

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