Big Skies

Community Events

BELL

Breakfast with the Birds at Bell
Wednesday 1 May
6am to 7am - Breakfast
7.30am to 9am - Bird Watching
Bell Bunya Community Centre
Cnr Maxwell & Wallace Street, Bell
Admission: Breakfast - $10 per person (bookings essential), Bird Watching - Free (bookings essential)

Nestled in the foot-hills of the lush Bunya Mountains lies the picturesque town of Bell. As the sun comes up, meet at the Bell Bunya Community Centre and fill up with a hearty country breakfast before driving to a location close to town known best to locals. Enjoy a guided walk and experience our bird-life with local bird-watcher, Bernice Seton. 

Please bring a chair, water, hat and sunscreen. 

Pay with credit card or by cash on the day.

To book contact the Bell Bunya Community Centre on 07 4663 1087 or bellbunyacommunitycentre@gmail.com

www.bellcommunitycentre.com.au

Bell High Tea and Tour of Biblical Gardens
Wednesday 1 May
10am to 12pm
Pips 'n' Cherries Cafe 
15 Ensor Street, Bell
Admission: High Tea - $18 per person (Annette's Famous Pink Lemonade will also be available for purchase at only $2), Biblical Gardens Tour - Donation welcome

Make the pilgrimage to the picturesque town of Bell, nestled in the foot-hills of the lush Bunya Mountains. There you can enjoy a High Tea at Pips 'n' Cherries Cafe where chic meets country and everyone arrives as a guest and leaves as a friend.

Afterwards, with your appetite sated, stroll across the road to the Bell Biblical Gardens and spectacular interior murals of the Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church. This project is a stunning example of community working together to produce something truly special. The gardens feature plants mentioned in the Bible and beautiful mosaics depicting the Twelve Stations of the Cross.

Pay with credit card by phone or by cash on the day.

All bookings contact Pips 'n' Cherries on 4663 1184 or pipsncherries@bigpond.com

www.pipsncherries.com.au/ | www.bellbiblicalgarden.org/

Bluebelles Gallery: 'Big Skies' Exhibition
Tuesday 23 April to Friday 31 May
Bell Bunya Community Centre
Cnr Maxwell & Wallace Street, Bell
Admission: FREE

Visit Bluebelles Gallery to see original works from local artists, themed around our region's greatest drawcard, our Big Skies. Don't miss your chance to enjoy great coffee, home-made scones and Bell's signature Rosella Jam in the cafe while you're there. 

For more information contact the Bell Bunya Community Centre at bellbunyacommunitycentre@gmail.com, 07 4663 1087 or bellcommunitycentre.com.au

CHINCHILLA

Chinchilla Patches & Piecemakers Outdoor Sewing Room
Thursday 2 May
9am to 3pm
Fuller Place
80 - 86 Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Admission: Free

Join the Chinchilla Patches & Piecemakers for a casual and relaxed social sewing day in Fuller Place, in the heart of Chinchilla’s CBD. Bring your own WIPs or UFOs, catch a demonstration, or view an exhibition of quilts. Morning tea and afternoon tea will be available for gold coin donation. 

Meet the Drought Angels
Thursday 2 May
9am to 12pm - Meet and Greet
9am to 4pm - Warehouse Tours
29 Malduf Street, Chinchilla
Admission: Free

Founded in 2014, Chinchilla’s Drought Angels are a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to make a difference to farming families. As part of an exclusive Big Skies 2019 offer, don't miss the chance to meet the founders of this amazing locally run charity or tour their warehouse. 

Chinchilla Botanic Parklands Tour
Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May
10am to 3pm
Canaga Street, Chinchilla
Admission: Free

Be among the first to explore the brand new, $5.9 million Parklands in the heart of Chinchilla. The long awaited project stems from a community vision that has origins as far back as the 1970's and is set to become a signature destination for the Western Downs community and visitors alike. 

Sights and Sounds of Yesteryear
Thursday 2 May
10am to 4pm
Chinchilla Historical Museum
17-33 Villiers Street, Chinchilla
Admission: Gold coin donation

Come and experience the excitement as the Chinchilla Historical Museum get the engines of years gone by chugging and churning! Adventure around the shady museum grounds on foot or on one of the many miniature trainers being showcased on their very own purpose built track.

Lapunyah Art Gallery
Monday to Friday - 10am to 4pm
Saturday - 9am to 12pm
80 - 86 Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Admission: Free

Exhibitions Showing:
Outerbark Gallery - 'On the Bright Side' by Teresa Mundt
Explore a quirky exhibition of stylised figurative acrylic artworks and cartoons.

Heartwood Gallery - 'Physcial Video'
Videos drawn from the Collection of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

DALBY

Dalby Leagues Club - Comedy Night 
Tuesday 30 April
Bistro open - 5.30pm, Doors open - 7.30pm, Show starts - 8pm
Admission: $39, available at the door or online here (until sold out)

Australian writer, presenter and comedy genius Fiona O'Loughlin will be appearing live at the Dalby Leagues Club with special guest Anthony Lamond.

Save the date and find out more on Facebook

Dalby Golf Club - 3 Person Ambrose Golf Day
Friday 3 May
Check-in from 9.30am, BBQ from 10am, Shotgun start - 11am
Admission: $25 per player, cart hire $35 per cart

Get your team together for this event or if you're a solo golfer feel free to contact the club and find a team to play with. Register at the Dalby Golf Club by phoning 4662 2259 or email admin@dalbygolfclub.com.au.

www.dalbygolfclub.com.au | Dalby Golf Club Facebook page

Dalby PCYC - Outdoor Cinema
Wednesday 1 May
6pm to 9pm
Camp Kitchen at Jimbour House
Admission: Free

For more information please click here

JANDOWAE

Explore Athlone Cottage
Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May
10am to 12pm
Corner of Dalby and High Streets, Jandowae

The original Athlone Cottage was a slab hut originally built in the 1890s and was lovingly restored by volunteers. Now located in the heart of Jandowae, Athlone Cottage will be open to Big Skies 2019 visitors. Come and explore some of Jandowae’s early history, then take in lunch at one of Jandowae’s friendly cafes or pubs.

MILES

Dinner Under The Stars and Radio Play
Thursday 2 May
Doors open - 6pm, Dinner - 6.30pm, Radio Play - 7pm
Miles Historical Village Museum
141 Murilla Street, Miles
Admission (show and meal) - Adults $25, Seniors $22, Children (school students) $20
Admission (show only) - Adults/Seniors $12, Children (school students) $10

Come along to enjoy a home cooked dinner under the stars at the Miles Historical Village Museum, with an old school Radio Play performed by the Miles Regional Arts Council.

Due to catering purposes, reservations are required for all dinner tickets. To book, contact Miles Historical Village on 07 4627 1492 or email mileshistoricalsoc@bigpond.com. Tickets will be available on the night for show only. 

Find out more on Facebook.

Miles Regional Arts Council - #FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Spirit Animal
Friday 3 May
Doors open - 6.30pm, Show start - 7.30pm
Leichhardt Centre Miles
29 Dawson Street, Miles
Admission: Adult member $20, Non-member $25
BYO Picnic Dinner - Bar Operational
Age recommendation is 15+ (by parental discretion)

Rising from the ashes of #metoo, wellness and fake news come your new spirit guides - Tiffany and Madison. These superprivileged whitemares have renounced materialism and are reconnecting with their spiritual roots...kinda.

Forget Beyonce. Forget Kim. Forget Gwyneth. #FirstWorldWhiteGirls are burning your false idols to the ground and using their charred remains to whiten their teeth. Grab some organic kombucha and come worship at their totem of pugs, brunch and Hamptons-inspired bullsh#t. Step inside their designer wigwam for an hour of killer vocals, Kanye-sized egos and more cultural appropriation than a Burning Man festival.

As toxic as a Trump tweet and as outrageous as a Brazilian butt lift, these demented divas are guaranteed to set off all your triggers in a turmeric-infused cocktail of wellness coaching, comic songs and seething social commentary.

To book (recommended) email milesregionalartscouncil@gmail.com, contact us through Facebook or phone Dogwood Crossing @ Miles on 074628 5330.

Miles Historical Village Museum and Devonshire Tea
Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May
Miles Historical Village Museum
141 Murilla Street, Miles
Admission (Museum entry + Devonshire Tea): Adults $24, Seniors $21, Students (school age) $15
ph: 4627 1492 e: mileshistoricalsoc@bigpond.com

WANDOAN

Wandoan Photo Challenge
Thursday 3 May and Friday 4 May
8am to 12pm, 1.15pm to 5pm
Wandoan Cultural Centre
6 Henderson Street, Wandoan
Admission: Free

Joint display of local photography and quilters.
Wandoan Photo Challenge 
All the finalists and winners of the Wandoan Photo Challenge will be on display in the library. All photos will have been taken within 100km radius of Wandoan by either locals or visitors, giving their take on what makes our district so special.

For more information:
Wandoan Photo Challenge - Helen Golden: 07 4623 5228
Wandoan Creative Sewers - Carmel Stiller: 0427279275
Wandoan Cultural Centre Supervisor - Karen Postle: 07 4558 3042

REGIONAL

Western Downs Libraries Events

Check out one of Western Downs Libraries' nine branches for a workshop or event that might interest you. There's something for everyone:

  • Photobook workshops - turn those fabulous travel photos into a beautiful Photobook in our free workshops
  • Tech Savvy workshops - join a Tech Savvy workshop and whip that tech into shape (visit www.westerndownslibraries.com/tech-savvy-for-seniors)
  • Ancestry.com - book a session to get started on Ancestry.com in our Dalby branch (visit www.westerndownslibraries.com/ancestry)
  • Catch bush poet, musician and all-round raconteur Geoff Graham at an entertaining event
  • Sign up for a free membership and explore our online books, magazines, music and more (conditions apply)

Visit Western Downs Libraries online for more information