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Western Downs

The Western Downs is a distinctive rural Queensland tourism experience, exhibiting traces of early Australian pioneer settlement. It is an area rich with rural character, welcoming country towns and plenty of interesting bush events.

Explore wide open spaces and the rich pioneering history of real Queensland country. Enjoy great inland fishing, experience life on a host farm, go wine tasting western style and discover the peaceful lifestyle of rural communities.


Farm stays, cattle property tours, museums, galleries and historic villages provide the opportunity to experience authentic country life and bygone eras when Cobb & Co coaches operated and bushrangers roamed the countryside.

Western Downs is located three hours west of Brisbane, extending from the western border of South East Queensland Country inland to Roma, Dirranbandi and Bollon, and from the Queensland/New South Wales border north to Taroom, Injune and Carnarvon Gorge.

Southern Downs Tourist Association Inc is the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO), which is responsible for marketing the Western Downs as a tourism destination.

Western Down Visitor Guides

  • Western Downs Visitor Guide

* Destination description by Tourism Queensland