The Western Downs region is hosting an exciting calendar of events this winter, inviting guests to ‘come for the Opera, and stay for the Camels!’

Opera at Jimbour returns on Saturday 22 July, seeing more than 8000 people descend on historical Jimbour Station for the iconic bi-annual event. Two weeks later, the highly entertaining Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races takes place for three days from Friday to Sunday, August 4 to 6, at the Tara Showgrounds.

Experience the romantic melodies of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow at Opera at

Jimbour, featuring one of Australia’s favourite leading men, David Hobson, in the role of Count Danilo.

Opera lovers can take the opportunity to learn the lyrics of The Merry Widow by attending the pre-show rehearsal. Stroll through the gardens of the majestic Jimbour House, or relax with family and friends as the Jimbour Plains comes alive with the operetta.

Entry to the event is free, making this a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family to enjoy. For more information, visit the Opera at Jimbour Facebook page.

The three days of culture and camels at the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races will boast camel racing, multicultural stage shows, live entertainment, and flavoursome food.

This uniquely outback experience will include 100 acres of available bush camping, so get in early and start planning the weekend now to secure a festival camping space. For more information and to purchase Early Bird tickets, visit To learn more about camping, attractions, and events within the Western Downs region, visit