Dalby Showgrounds

Nicholson Street
Dalby QLD 4405

Dalby Showgrounds PIC – QADB0072

Enquiries for the Showgrounds can be made by contacting Council’s Facilities Team.

Phone: 1300 COUNCIL or interstate (07) 4679 4000
Email: facilities.wdrc@wdrc.qld.gov.au

Download Dalby Showgrounds Fact Sheet

Download Dalby Showgrounds Site Map

Dalby Events Centre

Location: Nicholson Street, Dalby, QLD, 4405

Fact Sheet  |  Application & Terms and Conditions Dalby Events Centre


This diverse event centre can accommodate several events simultaneously or the facility can be hired as a whole. There are a variety of buildings and areas available for hire, each with basic facilities within the grounds. The Dalby Showgrounds are situated within close proximity to Dalby CBD and a variety of accommodation. Some events held at the grounds include festivals, agricultural shows, balls, formals, parties, trade shows, rodeos, conferences, stabling, livestock events, and private horse riding/training.

The Dalby Showgrounds is home to the annual Dalby Stockhorse Sale in December, the Dalby & District Annual Show, Dalby & District Campdraft, Dalby & District Pony Club Gymkhana, Australian Reining Breeders Cup and the Darling Downs & South West Interschool Equestrian.


Bookings can be made by completing an Application for Showgrounds Hire and Terms & Conditions of Hire Form or alternatively by contacting the Western Downs Regional Council’s Facilities Team.

Fees and Charges

View the Dalby Showgrounds 2018/2019 Fees and Charges

Important Information

The Dalby Showgrounds is a designated Emergency Evacuation Centre which may be activated without notice. During an emergency, the following key areas of the site are most likely to be utilised during an emergency:

  • Amenity blocks – depending upon the scale of the emergency additional showers will be provided;
  • Camp ground & open areas – used for caravan/tents;
  • Bitumen car park – parking for private vehicles, caravans & other heavy vehicles;
  • Covered arena – toilets opened for use with the office/function area to be used as an emergency goods storeroom;
  • Pavilion – can accommodate approximately 300 persons;
  • Stables and cattle yards – used for various pets; and
  • Several points of entry to the Showgrounds.


Dalby Showgrounds does not allow onsite camping/caravans unless part of an organised event or travelling with livestock. However, Dalby has two caravan parks:

  • Dalby Tourist Park – 07 4662 4793
  • Pioneer Caravan Park – 07 4662 1811

Covered Arena

The covered arena and buildings can be hired as a whole or individually to suit your needs.


  • Two canteen style servery windows and two commercial glass door fridges
  • Sink, bench, ice buckets and water available
  • Ceiling fans

Indoor Arena

  • Power and water available
  • Fully fenced with removable panels
  • Large indoor arena measuring 66m x 40m
  • Overhead lighting
  • Ability to open up to main show ring for additional events
Mezzanine Area

  • Large open area located on top of the Covered Arena buildings

  • Separate female/male toilets with disable access
Meeting Room/Office

  • Ceiling fans, bench, fridges, tables and chairs
  • Sink with hot water available
  • Large meeting room
  • Eight canteen style windows accessing all sides
  • Access to water and power

  • Twelve large relocatable grandstands which approximately seat 70 people each




Show Ring

  • Large arena with a reasonably hard surface extending from the indoor arena
  • Multiple access points
  • Deep sand portion extending from the campdraft and cattle yards
  • Power and lights are available
  • Fully fenced

Cattle Yards

  • Livestock loading ramp
  • Power and lights are available
  • Several separate yards and draft yards with access to two water troughs
  • Officials stand for equestrian events
  • A camp with direct access to the show ring

Sheep Dog Ring

  • There are no lights for night riding
  • Large arena covered with grass
  • Large grandstand facing the ring
  • Small sheep yards and pens at rear of ring
  • Adjacent grassed area 3 with power for camping


Knox Pavilion

This recently upgraded building has a large open floor plan shed with multiple entry points. This building offers unlimited hiring potential:

  • Additional stables
  • Barn dances
  • Show & trade displays
  • Award ceremonies etc.

Grassed Areas

There are five grassed areas for a variety of events. Lighting, access to power and water points are offered in these areas. Grassed area 5 is commonly known as side show alley.

Grassed Area 5 (Side Show Alley)

Grassed Area 1

Parking Facilities

A bitumen car park is located adjacent to the pavilion with secure access to the showgrounds (can be hired for individual events).


Two sets of male/female toilets and shower facilities are located at the rear of the facility near the stables.

Additional Resources

  • Approximately 137 cattle panels and pins for temporary fencing
  • Three relocatable announcer’s boxes
  • Two entry booths along Nicholson Street
  • Kiosk (canteen)
  • Six wash bays


When hiring the stables, you are required to remove all traces of manure and feed from the stall and place in the marked manure points.

  • 164 Stables in total 40 Stallion stalls
  • 124 Stalls that are varied in design
  • Hoop pine saw dust is provided for the stalls bedding
  • Manure stations
  • Lights and power are available

Download Dalby Showgrounds Stable Layout

Stallion Stalls

Stallion Stalls Internal View

Stalls C and D

Stalls A and B

Stalls E and F

Knowles Pavilion

The Knowles Pavilion is a large hall which is an ideal venue for conferences, gala dinners, meetings, trade shows, private parties, fundraising events and much more. The pavilion is surrounded with landscaped gardens and walkways leading onto the wrap around verandas. This building offers a large hall with multiple entry points and the flexibility to configure.

Download the Knowles Pavilion Floor Plan

Knowles Pavilion – back view

Knowles Pavilion – carpark view


Commercial Kitchen – Large hot plate, two gas stoves and hotplates, two deep fryers, lots of food preparation bench space, dishwasher, two large sinks, hand washing sink, large bay Marie (fixed) with built in plate warmer, four door fridge and upright freezer. Please note we do not supply linen, cutlery, crockery, microwave, urn, pots, pans or cooking utensils.

Bar – The bar area offers two serving locations one onto the verandah and the other into the main hall. It consists of a large walk in cold room, glass dishwasher, two sinks and two large ice tubs.

Amenities – Two disabled toilets, male and female toilets and parent’s room fitted with a changing mat and sink.

Parking Facilities – A secure bitumen car park is located adjacent to the pavilion.

Tables/Seating – There are 54 rectangle plastic moulded tables (Seats 6-8 people, 2400mm x 900mm), 6 round tables (Seats 6-8 people), 490 black plastic chairs.

Sound – There is a PA system with built in speakers throughout the hall and verandah with two wireless microphones. Music can be played through the stereo via the 6-Stacker CD player or the USB port. The pavilion has recently been updated with acoustic panels on the walls and ceiling.

Verandahs – The pavilion offers hire of the front verandah and amenities separately. The verandahs could add additional area for pre event drinks or a dance floor. The options are endless.