Special Events

From camel races to comedy festivals, there is always something happening in the Western Downs.

Our region is host to a large variety of exciting events annually, bringing tourists and locals together to celebrate our vibrant communities.

This year is no exception, with events set to wow crowds including returning favourites Big Skies and Chinchilla Melon Festival, along with the highly anticipated Reds vs Waratahs pre-season match.

Click on the links below to find out more about the major upcoming events to enjoy across the region:

Australia Day Awards 2020

Words Out West 

Big Skies Festival 2020


Public Holidays in the Western Downs


Wednesday 1 January New Year’s Day
Sunday 26 January Australia Day
Friday 3 April Wandoan Show Festival
Friday 10 April Good Friday
Sunday 12 April Easter Sunday
Monday 13 April Easter Monday
Friday 17 April Dalby & District Annual Show Holiday
Saturday 25 April ANZAC Day
Monday 4 May Labour Day
Tuesday 19 May Miles & District Annual Show Holiday
Friday 22 May Chinchilla Annual Show holiday
Monday 10 August Tara (Royal Queensland Show) Holiday
Monday 5 October Queen’s Birthday
Friday 25 December Christmas Day
Saturday 26 December Boxing Day