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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Autumn Drift Matsuri

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$30.00 - 50.00
3 March 2018
Queensland Raceways holds two major drifting events each year, and both are full of non-stop action. With previous year's events entries filling up in record time, there's sure to be over 200 cars on show for the weekend.

CMC Rocks Queensland

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
From AU$79 - 670
16 – 18 March 2018
CMC Rocks Queensland is the biggest international country and roots festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Delivering an explosive array of international and national country music superstars, over three massive days and nights, Willowbank, Ipswich.

Queensland Drag Racing Championships

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$18 - 20
Monthly from 16 March 2018
The Queensland Drag Racing Championships bring racers from all across the state to compete for a prestigious QDRC trophy at Willowbank Raceway, delivering high-octane action for both racers and spectators.

Santo's Super Thunder

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$25.00 - 35.00
30 March 2018
Santo's Super Thunder is the fourth round of the Australian Top Fuel Championship to be held right there at Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich. A whole day of action packed Drag Racing and family fun.

Japanese Nationals

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20.00 - 40.00
14 – 15 April 2018
The Japanese Nationals is the premiere Japanese manufacturer meet for all die hard JDM fans. With two days of non-stop JDM swag including Time Attack, Show N' Shine, Cruising and a one day Drift Matsuri you will have a hard time getting it in to one weekend!

Ipswich Festival of Cars

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20 - 40
21 – 22 April 2018
The Ipswich Festival of Cars is a two day race event for many popular racing categories. It features the Willowbank 300 a 300 kilometre for sedan and sports based cars that tests endurance and tactics in one of Queensland premier endurance races.

Queensland Racing Driver's Championship - Round 2

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20.00 - 40.00
5 – 6 May 2018
The premier racing drivers championship, the Queensland Racing Drivers' Championship. The Championship is open to talented newcomers as well as experienced old hands and produces some very close racing.

51st Winternationals

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
7 – 10 June 2018
The Winternationals is the largest championship Drag Racing event outside of the USA and the biggest drag racing event in Australia. The Winternationals is the highest profile event on the Australian Drag Racing calendar and is the event all competitors want to win, and as a result has a vast number of entries with on track action running all through every day of the event.

Two Days of Thunder

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20.00 - 40.00
23 – 24 June 2018
Two Days of Thunder is a massive motoring event at Queensland Raceway, two days filled with fast and hard racing action and plenty to see and do at the track. Feel the thunder at Queensland Raceways!

Queensland Racing Driver's Championship - Round 4

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$20.00 - 40.00
7 – 8 July 2018
The premier racing drivers championship, the Queensland Racing Drivers' Championship. The Championship is open to talented newcomers as well as experienced old hands and produces some very close racing.
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