Year of Festivals

While our history may be rich in agriculture and energy production, the Western Downs is much more than just solar and sorghum.

From watermelon skiing to opera, the Western Downs has a reputation for hosting fantastic events.

This year is no exception, and with the exciting line-up of events underway for 2019, Council is calling it ‘The Year of Festivals’.

These events are not just fun for locals; they provide an opportunity to attract more tourism to our region, as we extend the invitation to celebrate our communities and what truly makes them special.

With the Year of Festivals now in full swing, why not take the time to discover why the Western Downs is the place to live work and play. Check out what’s on offer below!

Chinchilla Melon Festival  / Big Skies / Opera at Jimbour / Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races / Dalby’s Delicious and DeLIGHTful 

Chinchilla Melon Festival
14 – 17 February

The first event of the year is none other than the biggest melon festival in the world – the Chinchilla Melon Festival. From 14 to 17 February, we invite you to come celebrate the Melon Capital of Australia. With parties, parades, and watermelon chariot racing, there is something for all ages at this unique festival. Be sure to check out Australia’s newest attraction – the Big Melon – while exploring Chinchilla.
For more information visit the website or Facebook


Big Skies Festival
27 April – 5 May

Big Skies is a 9-day calendar of events that celebrates the sights, sounds, tastes and unique experiences of the region. Kicking off with the iconic Dalby Picnic Races, there is an impressive array of events on offer – Dalby Saleyard Tours, an Outdoor Cinema, Camp Oven experience and Champagne Breakfast. Come tour the historic Jimbour House or rock out at the Day on the Plain concert on 4 May, which will see Aussie music legends John Paul Young, Jon Stevens, Ross Wilson, Deni Hines and Pseudo Echo perform in front of the picturesque mansion, with food, fun and live entertainment for all.
For more information visit the website or Facebook


Opera at Jimbour
27 July

If you couldn’t get enough of the striking Jimbour Homestead at Big Skies, then the Opera at Jimbour is the event for you. With the breathtaking backdrop of the grand colonial mansion, the Opera at Jimbour presents to the region one of Australia’s most iconic musical performances from world renowned singers. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the art of Opera while enjoying a picnic on the grounds of the historic Jimbour House.
For more information visit the Facebook event


Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races
2 – 4 August

Camels, culture, colour and cuisine make for a long weekend to remember at the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races. The event is an eclectic mix that delivers both on and off the racetrack, with thousands of travellers from across Australia trekking to the area every second year to be part of the celebrations of one of the smaller towns in the Western Downs.
For more information visit the website or Facebook


Dalby’s Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival
17 August

Dalby’s Delicious and Delightful festival is a fantastic opportunity to indulge, offering flavours and cuisines from around the world that are sure to ignite a sense of wanderlust. Locals invite you to come celebrate the region’s multiculturalism with food, fun and festivities including a spectacular lantern parade, market stalls and family friendly entertainment throughout. This is one event not to miss in this year’s extraordinary festival line-up.
For more information visit the website or Facebook