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Dalby Queensland

A charming country town with friendly locals, rich history and black soil.

At a Glance

Dalby is the regional hub of the Western Downs within the northern Darling Downs. It is most known for the fertile black soil plains in the area. Founded to be a crossing station but subsequently grew as a result of pastoral endeavours, Dalby still maintains its heritage as a farming town. Due to the fertility of the land, the area is saturated by a huge diversity of farmers managing their crops and animals. The main industries operating in Dalby are the cotton, wheat and cattle industries.

Dalby is a great place to discover the history and culture of farming communities. The local museum retains a huge collection of early model farming equipments such as trucks and tractors. Dalby’s personality also shine in their famous annually-held Australian Cotton Week where parades, horse races, golf events, fashion showcases, seminars and sports competition are held.



Where is Dalby?


Dalby is 209 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Dalby is located inland within the Darling Downs region in Southern Queensland Country on a crossroad between six roads. There are a few national parks situated around Dalby that you can visit. There is an airport in Dalby and thus the fastest way to get there is via a flight from Brisbane.


Things to see in Dalby


Pioneer Park Museum

Pioneer Park contains possibly the largest collection of working tractors and agricultural machinery in Queensland. Also, set in a village of historical buildings maintained by a dedicated band of volunteers. Other attractions include early hand and power-driven cornshellers, oil and petrol engines, household and fashion items and an extensive rock, mineral and fossil collection.


Darling Downs Zoo

Darling Downs Zoo at Pilton, located about 1.5 hours from Balby, is home to Queensland’s only white lions, three very cute, but not so cuddly lion cubs and a tigress named Shamarna.It is a great little zoo for the family to visit. Also, The animals look healthy and the guided tour is free, call ahead to get the start times


Lake Broadwater

27km from Dalby on the Moonie Highway is Lake Broadwater. Great for birdwatching enthusiasts and also offers bushwalking, watersports and camping facilities. The camping area is 10 km along Lake Broadwater Road. It is surrounding by the unique vegetation and the lake covers approximately 350 hectars and 3m deeps. The vegetation is cover ranges from small patches of brigalow to fairly open treeless areas.

Lake Broadwater

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland


Jondaryan Woolshed

The heritage-listed Woolshed at Jondaryan is the oldest and largest operating Woolshed of its kind in the world with over 150 years of history. Loved this place, and the camping area looked great. A massive downfall was the cafe.Kids enjoyed seeing all the old machinery and looking at the old classroom, house, train station

Jondaryan Woolshed

Image Courtesy T&GWSBT



What's the weather like?


Dalby lies on a humid subtropical area. Compared to neighbouring areas, Dalby experiences a dryer climate with greater temperature variation between the summers and the winters. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 18°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 19°C with an average minimum of 5°C.


Get to know Dalby's history


Dalby was founded in the early 1840s on a tributary of the Condamine River by Henry Dennis. An initial settlement was established to help travellers to reach the nearby Jimbour Station. In 1853, Dalby was officially proclaimed a town by the New South Wales Government with Mr Charles Douglas Eastaughffe acting as Chief Constable. In 1859, Dalby became part of the newly-formed state Queensland. Following that, Dalby grew as surrounding pastoralist pushed it to become a regional service centre. The trainline was extended to Dalby in 1878, making Dalby a key district rail hub in the 1900s.