A taste of life as it used to be is what’s in store when you stay a while in Dalby, an easy 85 kilometres west of Toowoomba along the Warrego Way.

To get the best from this charming country town, take your time to talk to locals and delve into the history and stories that give it a character all its own. Hit the Heritage Trail to explore on foot some of Dalby’s historic buildings. Start at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, built in 1921, and discover the old police station dating from the mid-1860s; the Art Centre, which was once the Bath House; and Mary’s Commercial Hotel (1885) – one of the oldest and most legendary pubs on the Western Downs.

You can delve further into the local history at Pioneer Park Museum. Exhibits include working farm machinery from the late 1800s and early 1900s, early fashions and household memorabilia and an extensive collection of minerals, rocks and fossils. Of notable interest is the handwritten letter by Ned Kelly asking authorities to allow his mother to visit him in prison.

The Myall Creek Parklands Walkway is popular with bird watchers and it’s also signed with plaques detailing places of historical significance. For a great picnic spot with a children’s adventure playground, head to Thomas Jack Park on the edge of town.

There’s probably no place better for local flavour than the vibrant atmosphere of Dalby Regional Sale Yards each Wednesday. It’s among the largest one-day cattle sales centres in Queensland with the action getting underway at 7.30am.

The Bunya Mountains are easily explored from Dalby. Another easy excursion is Lake Broadwater Conservation Park – which protects the only natural lake on the Darling Downs and the surrounding cypress and brigalow. You can go swimming, boating and water skiing or picnic under river red gums, relax and enjoy the wildlife and wildflowers.

Events to travel for include the Dalby Show in April; Dalby Picnic Races in May; the Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival in August; and Australia’s largest Stock Horse Sale and Campdraft on the first week of December.

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Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 December 2017
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Capricorn Film Festival

Gladstone Area
From AU$11 - 22
16 December 2017
Capricorn Film Festival Inc is an Australian not for profit film arts organisation, which discover local, national and international cinema gems and artists; whom they showcase to a diverse audience of film lovers.

Feast On East Markets

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 23 December 2017
The Feast on East Markets will provide an exciting event at the newly redeveloped East Shores Precinct, in conjunction with the P&O Cruise ships coming to Gladstone. These modern markets will showcase local art, handmade crafts and enticing cuisine, set in the beautiful East Shores Precinct.

Calliope Rotary Market

Calliope, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 24 December 2017
Calliope Rotary Market is held once a month at the Calliope RSL Hall from 8am to 12pm. Calliope Rotary Market showcases local art and craft businesses, featuring home made, home grown items including children's clothes, accessories, adult clothing, jewellery, plants, home produce, honey, candles, soaps, hand-made cards, banners, artists, photographers, art/craft supplies, children's craft activities, homewares/linens, knitting/crochet, blankets, soft toys, greeting cards and more!

PCYC Markets Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 January 2018
The PCYC Markets Gladstone are held every second Sunday of each month at the Gladstone PCYC from 8am to 12pm. With a variety of stalls including clothings, soy candles, fruit and vegetables, furniture and much more, there is always something for everyone at the PCYC Markets!

Rotary Kmart Markets Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 January 2018
The Rotary Kmart Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. Come and enjoy the family friendly all-weather free markets held in the Kmart car park at Stockland Gladstone from 7:00am - 12:00pm.

Australia Day Family Fun Day

Glen Eden, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Aussie Aussie Aussie... Oi Oi Oi! Celebrate what's great about Australia and being an Aussie at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Each year, family and friends can celebrate Australia Day at Council's free major public Australia Day celebration.

City Farmers Markets

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 10 February 2018
Held in the heart of Gladstone's Central Business District at Library Square, Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase delightful fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the City Farmers Markets.

Beach Arts Music (BAM Markets)

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 3 March 2018
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month except January and February from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

Gladstone Harbour Festival

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
28 March – 1 April 2018
The fifty-sixth Annual Gladstone Harbour Festival will be held at the picturesque GPC Marina Parklands. 2018's program will be jam-packed with fabulous free main stage entertainment, novelty events, free kids activities, fireworks, marina markets, rides for the kids and much more!
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