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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Diamondvale Cottages

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$175 - 250
Diamondvale Cottages - privacy, tranquillity, comfort and only two kilometres from town. They have five self-contained cottages, amidst 30 acres of unique granite bushland, along Quart Pot Creek. Snuggle up with someone special next to the romantic log fires.

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$250 - 295
Experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. Set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants.

Stannum Lodge Motor Inn

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$140 - 170
Stannum Lodge Motor Inn is a four star boutique style motel that is consistently rated number one on TripAdvisor. They offer 12 comfortable units all with fully equipped kitchenettes. There is undercover parking outside your room.

M.J Yurts Ballandean

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$360 - 360
They have two Yurts, Zuny and Namar Yurts. The Yurts have eight sides and are based on the Mongolian Design. Zuny is the Mongolian word for Summer, Namar is the Mongolian word for Autumn. They are in Ballandean which is a two to three hour drive south from Brisbane.

Girraween Country Inn

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$155 - 275
The Girraween Country Inn Ballandean is best described as a small friendly comfortable country style Boutique Hotel, consisting of a selection of tastefully designed king ensuited rooms for accommodation, including a fully cooked hearty breakfast for all inn house guests.

31 The Rocks

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$170 - 240
31 The Rocks is stylish, modern Stanthorpe accommodation in deluxe villas only minutes from Granite Belt wineries set amongst granite boulders with individual bush settings. The self-contained cabins are located on a 10 acre property located within the Stanthorpe Township, making it the perfect place for special occasions, short breaks or extended stays.

Apple Blossom Cottage

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$130 - 220
Apple Blossom Cottage is situated in a quiet street in the town of Stanthorpe and is a short walk to the centre of town and to award winning restaurants. By arrangement, local winery tours will pick up at your front door.

Dillons Cottage

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
From AU$150 - 220
Escape to Dillon's Cottage, a 100 year old family home, ideally situated in a tranquil country environment, perfect for romantic couples, groups of up to six friends, or a family getaway. Dillon's Cottage is a beautifully appointed and renovated cottage and has three bedrooms, two fireplaces, electric blankets and heaters, a fully self-contained kitchen, laundry with washing machine and dryer, microwave, television and DVD player.

Severn-dipity

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$200 - 360
Indulge in the Seven sins of Severn-dipity. Discovery, Tranquillity, Rejuvenation, Relaxation, Freedom, Serenity, Peace. Severn-dipity cabin is a luxury two bedroom cabin nestled on the banks of the Severn River in an Aussie bush setting offering privacy and seclusion ideal for a romantic getaway for a couple and comfortable enough for two couples with two bathrooms.

Vineyard Cottages and Cafe

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
From AU$179 - 375
Vineyard Cottages offers delightful boutique accommodation. Seven beautiful cottages nestle in established formal gardens that change seasonally yet maintain their beauty and perfumes all year and host a variety of birdlife.
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