Welcome to Dalby ~ A humming, happening place.
Here you are, in Dalby, the heart of the Darling Downs – one of the richest farming regions in the world.
Its treeless blacksoil plains have topsoil depths of 3-4 metres with a clay base that holds the moisture so vital to growing food and fibre.
The soil itself, volcanic in origin, is so lush and productive that you could almost eat it yourself!
Produce from the Darling Downs is exported all over the world – including cotton, wool, cereal grains, legumes, sunflowers, fruit, vegetables, livestock, dairy products, and hay.
As well, there is coal, and coal-seam gas, underneath all that productive black soil. As you can see, you are in the midst of a very productive and rich area.
A humming, happening place. That’s our Dalby today.
In and Around Dalby
There’s a lot of history around here too.
For example, Jondaryan Station, half an hour to the east, was at one time the largest freehold property in the Southern Hemisphere. The huge, original old Jondaryan Woolshed is now part of a historic theme park offering fascinating insights into the days when Australia rode ‘on the sheep’s back’.
A bit further along the road closer to Toowoomba there’s the Oakey Army Aviation Base and its Museum of Australian Army Flying, well worth a visit for anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation!
You might choose to head north to Jimbour Station, with its grand homestead built of sandstone in French provincial style, which was once central to a 300,000-acre pastoral property. Nowadays it hosts outdoor music concerts including operas and the annual Big Skies weekend in September. Today’s visitors are welcome to stroll around the beautiful gardens for a small donation.
Further on, and still close at just on an hour from Dalby, are the Bunya Mountains, one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets and a truly magnificent destination featuring a unique rainforest and its famous Bunya trees and birdlife.
A short drive south of Dalby along the Moonie Highway takes you to the huge natural Lake Broadwater where people go to swim, fish, picnic, water ski or just enjoy the water views.
Or – you could stay right here and enjoy the sights of friendly small-town Dalby, including a visit to the Dalby Tourist Information Centre in Thomas Jack Park and maybe a walk or run beside the Myall Creek with its river redgums and all the associated bush smells and sounds that are so familiar and dear to all of us here.
[Credit: Jane Grieve]
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