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Opera at Jimbour to bring great food and music to the Western Downs this July

26 June 2016

Songstress Emily Burke returns to the Jimbour House Amphitheatre for the free Opera at Jimbour on Saturday 22 July. Photo courtesy of Atmosphere Photography

Songstress Emily Burke returns to the Jimbour House Amphitheatre for the free Opera at Jimbour on Saturday 22 July. Photo courtesy of Atmosphere Photography

Whether you’re an Opera fan, a foodie, or just simply want to enjoy a great day out with friends, the Opera at Jimbour has something for everyone as this festival favourite brings good food, wine and beautiful music to the Jimbour House Amphitheatre on Saturday 22 July.

  • Grab your friends and family for a day out at this FREE event, with gates opening from 10am showcasing a huge array of local and visiting stallholders offering local produce, handcrafted items and artisan wares;
  • Roving performers will be entertaining the crowd throughout the day, and event-goers are free to take in the sights of the majestic Jimbour Homestead and surrounding gardens before the show;
  • Leading man David Hobson, and Emily Burke in the title role, will bring Franz Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow to the stage;
  • Western Downs Regional Council will also be offering FREE bus services from Thomas Jack Park, Dalby, to the Jimbour Amphitheatre. Seats are limited so bookings are essential, head to or call 4679 4461 to secure your return trip.

Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Donna Ashurst said that Opera at Jimbour isn’t just for the Opera fans, with food, wine, market stalls and roving entertainment offering something for everyone.

“It’s a great day out and a social calendar favourite for locals and visitors alike,” she said.

“Council are excited to once again be partnering with Queensland Music Festival and Russell Pastoral Company to stage this magnificent event.

“There’s nothing quite like sharing a great picnic with friends while listening to world-class Opera with the grand Jimbour House and gardens as your backdrop. It’s definitely a bucket list event!

“With plenty of time before the show, why not explore the grounds and browse the huge variety of local produce, handcrafted goods and artisan wares on offer.”

A crowd of over 7,000 attended Opera at Jimbour in 2015. Photo courtesy of Atmosphere Photography

Cr Ashurst said visitors to the event are more than welcome to bring along their own picnic, or choose from one of the many food vendors with no shortage of options to tempt your tastebuds.

“There will be over 80 vendors joining us at the Opera at Jimbour, and we’re excited to be able to bring patrons a wide variety of locally produced foods, from gourmet soups, wood fired pizzas and delicious desserts” she said.

“Council will also be offering free bus services from Thomas Jack Park in Dalby for anyone wishing to travel out to the Opera. Simply book online or get in touch with our friendly staff at the Dalby Visitor Information Centre to book your spot.

“So, grab your friends and family and join us at one of our region’s signature events, Opera at Jimbour on Saturday 22 July.”

Keep an eye on our Opera at Jimbour Facebook Page for all the latest updates, and for more information visit Council’s website or call 1300 COUNCIL.

Western Downs Regional Council is presented by the Queensland Music Festival in partnership with Western Downs Regional Council, Opera Queensland and Russell Pastoral Company.

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Media Contact:
Cr Donna Ashurst | Spokesperson for Economic Development | 0475 268 207