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5 things to do in Dalby and surrounds

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All roads lead to Dalby. Well, the Warrego, Moonie and Bunya Highways do.

Built on the black soil plains of the northern Darling Downs, this lively little town has rich history waiting to be explored.

If you’re due for a trip to Southern Queensland Country, put Dalby on your must-visit list and tick off these 5 country activities.

1. Live like a lumberjack

Image by Jandowae Timbertown Festival via Instagram

Image by Jandowae Timbertown Festival via Instagram

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. The event includes street markets, rodeos, whip-cracking, yabbie races and a ute and car show.

2. Play with the big boys

Dalby Pioneer Park Museum

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?

Jondaryan Woolshed Dalby

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 Meerkats and bears, oh my!

Meerkat-Darling-Downs-Zoo

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, meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles, llamas, camels, emus and ostriches, just to name a few. Open 6 days a week. Admission prices are $32 for adults and $18 for kids.

Have you been to Dalby? What’s your favourite thing to do here?




  • Kaylah Buckman

    I had no idea there was a Zoo out that way!