If you’re looking to explore the Western Downs region from East Queensland, your very first entry point into the area is Dalby.
Although a small town that may not look like much at first instance, Dalby certainly packs a big city punch when it comes to heritage, art and culture. Nestled 200 kilometres from Brisbane and only 80 kilometres from Toowoomba, a trip to the Western Downs region wouldn’t be fulfilled without exploring Dalby.
Discover how to make the most of your adventure in Dalby by checking these top attractions off your list.
The Heritage Trail
Follow the footprints of historical Dalby. Your journey begins at the Visitors Information Centre where you can grab a brochure that maps out a self guided tour of Dalby.
Some of the historical attractions include a mid 1860s police station, a 1920s church and one of the oldest pubs in Western Downs. From building to building, you’ll learn an intimate history of Dalby and its people.
Pioneer Park Museum
Immerse yourself with Dalby history at the Pioneer Park Museum. Here, you’ll learn an abundance of knowledge and information about the town’s strong agricultural history along with the tools, equipment and machinery that helped pioneer the industry.
From cattle ranges to cotton farms, the opportunity to get up close and personal to Queensland’s largest collection of working pioneer machinery and tractors is one not to be missed.
Make your way through machinery sheds and colonial buildings that help form the museum as you awe in inspiration of the heritage items on showcase. From dated hospital equipment to antique firearm collections, there’s so much to learn and admire at the Pioneer Park Museum.
Explore Dalby’s retail shops
Dalby may not be the busy bustling city that Brisbane is, so you can’t expect to find upscale brands in the area. That said, you’ll definitely find an abundance of boutique shops that sell intricate items that are unique and made with love.
From boutique clothing stores to gifts and lifestyle goodies, it’s time to explore one of Dalby’s best stores by dropping by Milli & Robe at Cunningham Street. Be taken aback by the beautiful setting which will have you admiring what’s on offer, from country race Meet accessories to baby shower gifts.
If you thought boutique clothing and gift stores were reserved for the main shopping strips of the big smoke, think again.
Dine at the Windsor Hotel Bistro
Don’t miss out on feasting on the best parmies in town at the Windsor Hotel Bistro. Renowned by the locals, adored by travellers, the Windsor Hotel Bistro has a special place in the heart of Dalby. Need a bit more convincing? Simply check out the raving reviews by patrons and you’ll quickly find that some say the parmies are the best they’ve ever had, while the other meals are excellent value with exceptional quality. A true experience that mustn’t be missed.
Beyond parmies, the Windsor Hotel Bistro offers a creative menu filled with classic Aussie favourites and culinary delights that show clear passion from the chefs who curated the dishes. From Windsor signature crumb steaks, premium grills and schnitzels to pastas, seafood and salad, there’s plenty to choose no matter your taste preferences.
With fresh, cold beers on tap backed by a wide range of wines and spirits for those who want something to pair with their meal nicely, a meal at the Windsor Hotel Bistro is simply a must when you’re visiting Dalby.
The Lake Broadwater Conservation Park
A short 32 kilometres from Dalby town centre is where you’ll find the Lake Broadwater Conservation Park to enjoy some water fun and views.
Although you’ll need to bring your own boat to enjoy watersports such as windsurfing or water skiing, there’s still a lot of fun to be had by the water’s edge. From exploring the 2 kilometre track connecting two camping grounds to keeping an eye and ear out for the 230 different species of bird that habitat the area, it’s easy to enjoy yourself at the Lake Broadwater Conservation Park.
The park has open wide spaces to throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy a light snack while soaking up the views. If you’re passionate about birdwatching, grab a guide on Birds of the Western Downs at the Visitor Information Centre for birdwatching tips.
MyAll 107 Gallery
Experience the artsy side of Dalby at the MyAll 107 Gallery. Complete with a library, cinema and the local radio station, the exhibitions featured here are regularly updated which keeps the gallery fresh throughout the year.
A visit here will surprise you with how much ingenuity and culture a small town like Dalby is filled with.