About the Western Downs


Just 2.5 hours west of Brisbane is the Western Downs, a region with a diverse economy, vibrant active communities and extensive infrastructure and multi-billion dollar energy investments which ensures that the Western Downs continues to go from strength-to-strength.

Located in the heart of the resource rich Surat Basin, the Western Downs has a diversified energy portfolio with five pillars of energy generation: Coal, Gas, Ethanol, Wind and Solar cementing our reputation as the Energy Capital of Queensland.

Further to this the Western Downs is famous for its unique, large-scale events with Council hosting Opera at Jimbour and the Big Skies Festival, adding to the region’s five other major festivals.

Built on agriculture and thriving in the intensive agriculture, energy and manufacturing industries, Western Downs Regional Council is focused on making our region a great place to live, work, visit and invest.

Connectivity of the Western Downs

1Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 3218.0, Regional Population Growth, Australia; and Queensland Regional Profiles, Queensland Government Statistician's Office, Queensland Treasury.
2Source: Hometrack 2011/2017, Housing Valuation System.
3Source: Hometrack 2011-2016, Housing Valuation System.