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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Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 December 2017
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Based Comedy at Oxenford Tavern

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 December 2017
Every Friday night at Oxenford Tavern, Based Comedy is bringing the very best comedians from around Australia and around the world to entertain you - all for free! Shows start at 7:30pm with top headliners and hilarious support acts!

NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
Weekly from 15 – 16 December 2017
A festival every weekend. NightQuarter, located on the Gold Coast, is an eclectic night market transforming what once was an empty block opposite the Helensvale train station. Enter beneath the shipping container archway and be transported to another world of market stalls, street food, live music and shipping container boutiques.

Shannons Rod and Custom Show

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$5 - 15
17 December 2017
Shannons Rod and Custom Show will feature premier, state of the art hot rods, classics, customs and street machines. Shannons Insurance has become the Naming Right sponsor of this show from 2017. This hot rod show is now in it's tenth year and has developed into the best one day show of it’s type with high-end elite cars competing for bespoke trophies and large prize money in the order of AUD10,000 for 2017.

Electrik Lemonade Live at NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
22 December 2017
Electrik Lemonade is a band of funklords that play a repertoire of original funk, blues, hip hop, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Lovin’ in the live show, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning as the crowd uncontrollably burst into a wave of dance and good vibes.

New Years Eve at SYC

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.00 - 99.00
31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Bring in the New Year with their famous seafood buffet and sparkling views of the Broadwater. You can book a table in their upstairs Compass room, with entertainment provided by the Hip Replacements, or in the downstairs Waterfront Restaurant where Street Cafe will groove the night away.

Food Truck Feast and Fireworks

Southport, Gold Coast Area
31 December 2017
It's back with a bang! Food Truck Feast is on again at Broadwater Parklands and what better way to bring in the new year than with food, fun and fireworks. Come along, grab a bite and enjoy some great local entertainers including our feature production, "Love Train" celebrating the music of the 60s and 70s, then finish it off with their New Year's Eve fireworks spectacular.

New Years Eve at Dux

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 25
31 December 2017
Get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy New Years Eve on the Gold Coast and relax on an island instead! Southport Yacht Club would like to offer you their own personal picnic and camping grounds for a relaxing and entertaining New Years Eve by the water.

Richie Sambora and Orianthi with Special Guests The Rich and Famous

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$89.00 - 89.00
10 January 2018
From turning back to back rock anthems after, on 12 albums and countless tours with Bon Jovi and collaborations with Pink, Cher and Dolly Parton; Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Ritchie Sambora has rocked the world.

John Rowles at SYC

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$59 - 59
20 January 2018
The legend is back and playing all your favourites! John Rowles will be performing live at Southport Yacht Club in the new year and you're all invited! Topping charts in the UK, New Zealand and Australia through out his career, his show is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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