Big Skies

Things To Do

 


Miles Historical Village

141 MURILLA STREET, MILES 

PHONE: (07) 4627 1492

The Miles Historical Village Museum is a big talking point amongst all who have travelled this way before. The museum was first established in 1971 by dedicated volunteers with an amazing vision for preserving local heritage of the pioneering era. Here you literally step back into history when you explore the many buildings within this turn-of-the-century village.

There are more than 30 buildings including a hospital, café, bank, post office and bakery. In addition to these buildings, you will find a number of other fantastic displays. You will see the amazing shell collection; it is one of the largest privately owned collections in Australia. There is also the world class lapidary display, including many fine examples of local petrified wood. The extensive collection of war uniforms and memorabilia in the War Museum is a big attraction on its own.

Perhaps one of the most significant collections is that of the Condamine Bells that were made locally in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

OPENING HOURS

  • March to November: Monday to Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • December to February: Monday to Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Admission fees apply

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Bunya Mountains

PHONE: (07) 4668 3126

The Bunya Mountains is a spectacular wilderness range forming a section of the Great Dividing Range. The immense subtropical range of cool, green rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands is home to the world's largest forest of bunya pines.

Experience the magic of the Bunyas by extending your stay in the region and relaxing in one of the many houses and chalets to choose from. Surround yourself in peace and serenity with your only distractions being the local wildlife eager to meet you.

Don't have time for an overnight stay? You can explore this area by hitting the walking tracks which suit all ages and fitness levels. Maybe you would prefer to simply sit and relax at the onsite restaurant and enjoy quality food with fresh ingredients sourced locally including dishes featuring the bunya nut.

DISTANCE

Distance from Jimbour Station: 1 hour

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Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum

SARA STREET, MEANDARRA

PHONE: (07) 4665 6147

The Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum typifies the bravery and self-sacrifice of the first Anzacs, housing a large and comprehensive display of military memorabilia collected by dedicated locals over the past 30 years. The artefacts cover many of the battles in which our local war veterans fought, representing the three Armed Services of Navy, Army and Air Force. The contrasting diversity of the Museum's pieces gives Meandarra a very unique collection including an elevated Canberra Bomber, a Grant Tank in North African colours and a Water Buffalo tank from the South West Pacific Campaigns.

Be moved by the displays of heartfelt letters and cards sent by local diggers to their families back home in The Bunker display, learn the history of each artefact through meticulously researched interpretive panels, and allow your little ones to experience the honour of trying on a real armed services uniform in the kid's corner. The museum hosts its annual open day on Anzac Day each year, accompanied by the opening of a new exhibit. This is the perfect time to visit and experience the magnitude of this amazing museum. Entry on the open day is FREE.

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
  • Admission fees apply

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Dingo Sculpture

CORNER OF GEORGE AND HIGH STREETS, JANDOWAE

The Dingo Sculpture marks the start of the 5,400km Dingo Barrier Fence - the longest fence in the world. The Dingo Barrier Fence protects 26.5 million hectares of sheep and cattle grazing country in South East Queensland from the menace of dingoes and wild dogs, and is patrolled weekly by maintenance teams.

DISTANCE

Distance from Jimbour Station: 21 minutes


Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum

SYBIL STREET, GLENMORGAN 

PHONE: 0418 786 850

Montys Garage is a 1940s style auto garage which has been converted into a Vintage Car Museum housing a collection of 70 restored vintage cars and trucks. Get a close look at the cars on display or browse through the huge collection of auto memorabilia and large range of vintage spare parts and equipment.

The viewable display comprises 15 vehicles at any one time and is constantly changing. The total collection is ever expanding as more vehicles are introduced to the workshop as a 'work-in-progress' exhibit. Here you can witness a rebuild and restoration in progress and catch a glimpse of how things were once done in outback towns.

OPENING HOURS

  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4.30pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 11:30am
  • Sundays by appointment for group tours
  • Admission fees apply

DISTANCE

Distance from Jimbour Station: 2 hours 9 minutes

For more information on what to see and do in the Western Downs, visit www.westerndownsqueensland.com.au or stop by our Pop Up Visitor Information Centre at Big Skies where our staff will be more than happy to advise you on what to do and see.


Things to Do in the Western Downs

Chinchilla

Try your luck fossicking for the rare ‘Chinchilla Red’ petrified wood. Don’t forget to buy a fossicking licence (and access fees) from the visitor centre – plus bring your hat, water, pick and shovel!

Meander along Charley’s Creek Walk, enjoy a BBQ and water sports at the Chinchilla Weir and don’t miss the Chinchilla Historical Museum.

Take a relaxing stroll down our Camphor Laurel tree-lined main street, featuring our retail and cultural precincts. Adjacent to Fuller Place is the Lapunyah Art Gallery, Ironbark Cinema and public library.

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Dalby

Follow our self-guided Heritage Trail for a glimpse of our early European history.

Marvel at the enormous collection of working tractors and agricultural machinery at Pioneer Park Museum.

Don’t miss the fast paced cattle auctions held every Wednesday at our impressive saleyards, the second largest in Queensland.

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Jandowae

Check out our trio of classic Queensland pubs, the ‘Top Pub’, the ‘Middle Pub’ and the ‘Bottom Pub’ (with one painted pink), as well as shop facades from the 1950s.

Take a picnic to historic Athlone Cottage (circa. 1890).

Discover the northern end of the world’s longest fence, the Dingo Barrier.

Don’t miss market day, which is held on the fourth Sunday of every month.  

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Miles

Explore the pioneering era buildings at the remarkable Miles Historical Village Museum.

Catch an exhibition at the renowned art gallery at Dogwood Crossing @ Miles.

Take a stroll along the Dogwood Creek Walking Track, enjoy the spectacular native waterlilies on Chinaman’s Lagoon or take a self drive tour of the springtime wildflowers.

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Tara 

Tara has lovingly preserved its pioneering history in its museum, while celebrating its multiculturalism with the award-winning annual Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races. You’ll find a network of outlying villages well worth exploring on a leisurely drive. Take your time and discover their individual character and charm.

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Wandoan

Take a picnic to the tranquil wetlands of Waterloo Plain Environmental Park, a popular recreation spot teaming with birdlife. Caravanners are welcome.

Our self-guided Heritage Trail will take you on a discovery tour of our rich history captured through colourful public murals.

Time your visit with one of our fun-filled events including the Lindsay Williams Shield Football Carnival, Wandoan Diggers Race Day in March, Bucking for Cancer Rodeo and an annual Polocrosse Carnival.

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