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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Exhibition - 'Four Walls' by David Rowe

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
2 – 25 February 2018
An exhibition of paintings and drawings of the artists unresolved faith. 'Four Walls' examines the creation, the fall, the stories and the event of Christ. This is an interpretation in relation to modern times.

Exhibition - 'Shine - the third edition'

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
2 – 29 March 2018
Shine - the third edition, is a collective exhibition showcasing 20 artists across a range of genre from local and regional Queensland locations. This exhibition showcases the work of 20 professional and emerging artists which best represent their current art practices.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
4 March 2018
The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach. They run from 7am until 12noon, and are held on the first and third Sunday of each month all year round.

Conroy Hall Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 10 March 2018
A fantastic all weather market with a great selection of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, home made treats, local craft and clothing Market held on the second Saturday of the month

Cars and Coffee Mena Creek

Mena Creek, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 11 March 2018
Cars and Coffee at the Mena Creek Hotel on the second Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome - Classic Cars, New Cars, Motorbikes, Trucks - whatever type of motoring you are interested in, they'd love to catch up with you at the best Cars and Coffee venue in North Queensland.

Exhibition - 'Reef to Rainforest' by Susan Hollamby

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
6 – 29 April 2018
Award winning artist Susan Hollamby elicits the inner character of her subjects, drawing the viewer to contemplate the potential stories and emotions the artist holds close to her heart. Hollamby believes every being has a story and strives to unearth these narratives with her work.

Raintree Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 15 April 2018
Under the shade of Ingham's iconic raintrees of Rotary Park, right in the heart of Ingham. This market offers a diversity of offerings from local craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, real coffee, tropical plants and tasty treats.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 29 April 2018
The Mission Beach Monster market is a local community market run by Rotary Mission Beach. Traditionally this market starts on Easter Sunday and then on the last Sunday of each month up to and including November.

Exhibition - 'Iconic Queensland - 2018 Exhibition Tour of the Queensland Regional Art Awards

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
4 – 27 May 2018
Queensland is rich with iconic structures, people, locations, events and lifestyles that shape the State’s identity. Regional Queensland artists present the unique and iconic elements within their own regions in works that reflect the diverse Queensland communities.

The Feast of the Three Saints

Silkwood, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
6 May 2018
The Feast of the Three Saints is held at St Johns Parish School in Silkwood every year. Silkwood is a short 25 minute drive South from Innisfail The Feast is held annually on the first Sunday in May, to celebrate and Commemorate the lives of three brothers, Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino, who were martryed for their Christian beliefs.
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