The Western Downs will be the events capital of regional Queensland in 2019.

Beginning with the famous Chinchilla Melon Festival from 14 to 17 February, the event now presents a great photo opportunity for visitors with Australia’s newest tourist attraction, The Big Melon. This is a biennial summer event not to be missed with live entertainment, storytelling, a rodeo and more for the whole family.

The second year of Big Skies will offer over a week of events, starting with the Dalby Picnic Races on Saturday 27 April. Over the next eight days, visitors can take day trips across the Western Downs, tour the Dalby Saleyards, enjoy a night by the camp fire and meet plenty of characters from across the region. The Day on the Plain rock concert at Jimbour House on Saturday 4 May will be the main attraction of Big Skies. The event will feature Australian music legends Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Deni Hines and Pseudo Echo. Jimbour House will also host another spectacular Queensland music event on the amphitheatre the Western Downs when Opera at Jimbour returns on Saturday 27 July. Guests can enjoy a picnic on the grounds of the iconic residence while watching opera.

More than 16,000 people came to the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races in 2017 which has competitive camel racing, food stalls, live dance performances and music, from 2 to 4 August. A perfect blend of food, fun and culture then hits Dalby for the Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival. Cultural dance and cuisines from around the globe features on Saturday 17 August, culminating with Dalby’s Myall Creek lighting up for the annual Lantern Parade which finishes at Anderson Park with an evening of live entertainment.

With so many events and festivals offering something for everyone, there is no better time to experience the Western Downs than in 2019.

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