From the rugged cliffs of the Great Dividing Range explorer Major Thomas Mitchell once crossed, to the open downs country that caught his eye, it is no wonder that Tambo is being discovered by travellers. Tambo is a living museum of cultural history and a place for the visitor to gain an insight into the lifestyle of Australia’s forebears. The area boasts rich landscapes that attracted pastoralists in the 1860s to flock to Tambo region to take up land for grazing. The pastoral industry still remains the basis of Tambo’s economy today.

Gazetted in 1863, Tambo is the oldest town in the west, wander back in time along the Heritage Walk visiting old buildings and historically significant places. The Coolibah Walk follows the banks of the Barcoo where the native trees reach out across the river and provide a cool haven for the birdlife. While in town, make sure you pop into a local business for a roll of Totally Tambo toilet paper, freely given away as a gift from the community.

Pull-up at the Tambo Dam, a recreational area offering barbecue and picnic facilities, nature walks, bird-watching, native tree forest and water sports (in the warmer weather!). Visit the Tambo Teddies Workshop and see the sheep skin teddy bears being created, each bear is named after a property in the Tambo district, giving them claim to some of the oldest settled country in Queensland.

From Tambo you can head east and experience the Wilderness Way Self Drive Tour traversing three major river systems, taking you to the top of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range and looping back into town. Along the way you can visit many places of interest including sites of early European settlement and Aboriginal rock engravings, passing an array of sandstone formations and vast cliff lines. Nature lovers will enjoy the sights of native flora, fauna and brilliant wildflowers from August to September. Camp overnight in the beautiful Salvator Rosa National Park. Enjoy the 260 kilometre round-trip at your own pace and discover why this area is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets.

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
Queensland
Australia

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Sicilian Vintage Lunch

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$98 - 105
17 February 2018
Come and celebrate the start of Vintage at Golden Grove Estate. Now in its 18th year, help bring home the harvest, with the blessing of the vintage and then the stomping of the grapes to the music of the tarantella.

Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
23 February – 4 March 2018
This iconic festival is now more than 50 years old. With 10 days of festival fun, culminating in an unforgettable weekend of colourful street carnivals and the renowned wine fiesta, Stanthorpe is the must-visit destination in 2018.

Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
15 June – 22 July 2018
Located in the heart of the Granite Belt, the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery tempts you to experience quality exhibitions of both national and local importance. The 2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize will showcase traditional and contemporary paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, photography, glass and fibre/ textile artworks.
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