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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Kern Arcade Car Park Markets

Rockhampton City, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 February 2018
The Arcade Car Park Markets are held every Sunday and have a variety of stall, local fresh fruit and vegies, and good range of organic fruit and exotic fruits, locally made cakes and biscuits, chutneys and preserves, jewellery, bric-a-brac, ladies and children's fashions, collectable coins and notes, plants, timber craft and a recent addition to the markets is organic pork, beef and dairy products and for a relaxing change try our reflexology, there is also a Disney character appearance on a regular bases through out the year to entertain the children.

Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 28 February 2018
The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market is the showcase of local, fresh produce and value added products from within Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Region. Every Wednesday morning from 7am to 11am in Mackay's vibrant city heart on the beautiful Bluewater Quay.

Flickerfest 2018 Mackay Tour

Ooralea, Mackay Area
From AU$10 - 15
2 – 3 March 2018
Film and Arts Mackay is hosting the 2018 Flickerfest Tour. Flickerfest, celebrating 27 years bringing you the best shorts from Australia and around the world, ‘Now That’s A Short Film!’ This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world;

Bigger Better Stronger - Seizing Opportunity

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$220 - 240
2 March 2018
What if you had the tools and knowledge to make decisions and seize opportunity? The annual Bigger Better Stronger conference for 2018 is focusing on how Mackay region business owners can harness confidence and grow their business.

Bangarra - Our Land People Stories - Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 42
3 March 2018
After a triumphant national tour in 2016, Bangarra take their triple bill Our Land People Stories to regional Australia in 2018. This season features three personal and profound works. Nyapanyapa, by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, is inspired by the beautifully textured paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

March 4X4 Fun Day

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
4 March 2018
Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery.

Luna Markets

Rockhampton City, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March 2018
Luna Markets is a free family friendly market held every month in Rockhampton with loads of market stalls, food, kids rides and live music under the moonlight!

River Street Twilight Market

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March 2018
A community market right by the river and under the stars for all to enjoy and meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from the region. Each month on the second Friday, visitors to River Street Twilight Market can experience the soul of the region through fresh local food whilst taking in the surrounds of the beautiful Bluewater Quay and the Mackay City Centre that provides a perfect space for families, couples and singles to relax and explore.

Charleville Races

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 10 March 2018
They're off and racing again in Charleville. Country horse races are always a lot of fun for everyone. The fashions, the thrill of backing the winner and the nonstop entertainment are all that's needed for a great day out.

Round One of The 2018 Great Northern Bullriding Series

Black Jack, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 20
10 March 2018
Charters Towers plays host to Round One of The 2018 Great Northern Bullriding Series at the Dalrymple equestrian centre. Grab your boots and cowboy hats and plan to come along for a great family friendly action packed night of Bullriding.
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