Residents of Dalby, in Queensland’s Western Downs, are stocking up on earplugs as die-hard music fans start descending on the farming town for Triple J’s One Night Stand concert this Saturday.
Bringing some of the biggest home-grown Aussie musos to regional Queensland, the line-up includes The Temper Trap, 360, Stonefield and Matt Corby. Yep – you’ll kick yourself if you miss it!
If you’re one of the 10,000+ fans heading west from Brisbane for the free event, sleeping bags and tents in tow, then why not make the most of the road trip with a few more days and nights in town.
You could spend a week chowing down a juicy Dalby ‘Crumb Steak and Gravy’ at each of the seven local pubs OR you could check out our Top 5 things to do in Dalby after your one night music stand.
1. Live like a lumberjack
Jandowae, 50km north-west of Dalby, gives good wood. Once boasting three sawmills, the town is now home to the annual Jandowae Timbertown Festival, celebrating the best of the timber industry. This year’s event, from 8-11 June, also includes street markets, rodeos, whip-cracking, yabbie races and a ute and car show.
2. Play with the big boys
Swap the sound of ‘heavy metal’ for heavy machinery at the Dalby Pioneer Park Museum, home to Queensland’s largest collection of working tractors and big boys’ toys like an 1800s working thresher, a 1930s model reaper and binder and a pre-war hay baler. Open 7 days from 8am to 5pm. Admission is $5 for adults.
3. Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Just 30 minutes up the road from Dalby you’ll find the state’s oldest operating woolshed in Jondaryan. Visit the Jondaryan Woolshed and learn about the region’s rich farming history with a guided tour of the station’s historic buildings, machinery and equipment. Grab lunch or morning tea at the onsite Damper Hut Café. Admission prices are $13 for adults and $11.50 for concessions.
4. Get a birds-eye view
If soaring through the sky is more your thing, then a gliding flight is the perfect opportunity to stretch your wings. The Darling Downs Soaring Club in Bowenville, 20 minutes from Dalby, offers Air Experience Flights where you can circle 2000 feet above the Earth with a fully qualified pilot from just $150.
5. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Well maybe not bears, but the Darling Downs Zoo at Pilton, located about 1.5 hours from Dalby, is home to Queensland’s only white lions, three very cute, but not so cuddly lion cubs and a tigress named Shamarna. Don’t forget the snakes, monkeys, crocodiles, llamas, camels, emus and ostriches, just to name a few. Open 6 days a week. Admission prices are $26 for adults, $16 for kids and $21 for concessions.