Western Downs Visitor Information
Western Downs Regional Council
The Western Downs Regional Council is a Local Government Area within the Darling Downs Region of Queensland, roughly 204 kilometres west-north-west of Brisbane, the state capital. With an estimated population of 32,071 residents, the community's main industries are agriculture and mining.
The Western Downs Regional Council was established in March 2008, following recommendations by the Local Government Reform Commission in July 2007, from the merger of the Shires of Chinchilla, Murilla, Tara, and Wambo, and Town of Dalby. Initially known as the Dalby Regional Council, the LGA's name was changed in August 2009.
With the town of Dalby as Council Seat, the Western Downs Regional Council consists of other localities, namely Bell, Brigalow, Chinchilla, Condamine, Drillham, Dulacca, Jandowae, Jimbour, Kaimkillenbun, Kogan, Miles, Moonie, Tara, The Gums, Wandoan, and Warra. It is bordered by the Local Government Areas of Balonne, Banana, Central Highlands, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, North Burnett, South Burnett, and Toowoomba.
The Western Downs Regional Council features a variety of cultural, historical, and natural attractions for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Popular events and sites in the Local Government Area include the Bloomin' Creative Showcase, Chinchilla Historical Museum, Chinchilla Melon Festival, Chinchilla Weir, Condamine Rodeo, Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, Miles Historical Village and Museum, Moonie Yabbie Races, Opera at Jimbour, and Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.