A strong sense of community pride makes the Western Downs a great place to live and there is arguably no greater event on the calendar than Australia Day to give locals a chance to celebrate their pride.

From Dalby to Dulacca, the Bunya Mountains to Tara, towns across the Western Downs come together to celebrate the comradery of their community with a series of events catering to the entire family. A highlight of Australia Day is the annual awards ceremony which is Western Downs Regional Council’s opportunity to recognise and thank outstanding citizens, sportspeople, community groups and creatives who make a valuable contribution to our towns. On top of celebrating the region’s achievers, Australia Day on the Western Downs is also about welcoming the region’s newest residents as part of the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony which is held in one of the region’s towns every year.

These ceremonies coincide with wider community events held across the region, and are a wonderful opportunity to embrace the local culture, history and traditions while signifying this important day for the people who choose to make the Western Downs home. Local parks and outdoor spaces really shine on Australia Day, providing an outstanding outdoor backdrop for these much anticipated events. They embody everything that makes the Western Downs region so great, starting with the popular community breakfasts. Celebrate Australia Day on the Western Downs and enjoy an authentic regional Aussie celebration. To find out what is on, visit: www.wdrc.qld.gov.au

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