Bringing together all things vintage and country delight, the Miles Back to the Bush Festival on the Western Downs will host visitors from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September.

The town’s vintage credentials have long been famed with the Miles Historical Village, but it is the newer Private Collections Tour that will capture new interest this year. The eclectic tour includes 1960s bikinis, Matchbox cars, a hat collection including a Beef Eater’s hat, a collection of World Champion Tea Cosies and June’s crazy collection of hundreds of salt and pepper shakers. Vintage lovers are also invited to bring their own items for an antiques roadshow style appraisal with the Festival Antiques Expert in residence.

Wildflower fields in bloom coat locations around Miles in a sea of colour in September, allowing guests to experience the countryside with locally hosted farm visits, tag-along fishing and 4WD tours, plus tours to remarkable gardens, all of which only open to the public during the Festival. Festival entertainment is headlined by country rock favourite Mick Lindsay and singer songwriter Caitlyn Shadbolt. Entrants gathered for the Beard Appreciation at the Beerd Garden will enjoy craft beer tastings and hope to take home one of the quirky beard competition titles. Festival goers will also watch the Tractor Pull, Whip Cracking Show, Tough Bugger Challenge, Camp Oven Cooking, Chainsaw Sculpting, Cow Pat Lotto, Dog High Jumping and Vintage Aircraft, making for a full Saturday program. Miles is a two-hour drive west from Toowoomba. View the full four-day program and purchase tickets online.

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