DALBY – HEART OF THE WORLD

DALBY – HEART OF THE WORLD

 

Here we are, in Dalby, the heart of the Darling Downs - the richest farming region in the world. Its treeless blacksoil plains have topsoil depths of 3-4 metres with a clay base that holds the moisture our farmers so appreciate. The soil itself, volcanic in origin, is so lush and productive that you could almost eat it yourself ………..

Produce from the Darling Downs is exported all over the world – including cotton, wool, grains, legumes, sunflowers, fruit, vegetables, livestock, dairy products, and hay.

As well, there is coal, and coal-seam gas, underneath all that luscious black soil. As you can see, when you come to Dalby you are visiting a very productive and rich area. A humming, happening place. That’s our Dalby today.

There’s a lot of European history around here, and a lot of indigenous history too. For example, Jondaryan Station, half an hour to the east, was at one time the largest freehold property in the Southern Hemisphere. The huge, original old Jondaryan Woolshed is now part of a historic theme park offering fascinating insights into the days when Australia rode ‘on the sheep’s back’.

A bit further along the road there’s the Oakey army aviation base and its Museum of Australian Army Flying.

You might choose to head north to Jimbour Station, with its grand homestead built of sandstone in French provincial style, which was once central to a 300,000 acre pastoral property. Today’s visitors are welcome to stroll around the beautiful gardens.

Visitors to the Pioneer Park in Dalby are treated to an amazing array of artifacts (the buildings themselves are artifacts) including a wonderful collection of Aboriginal artifacts and a letter from Ned Kelly’s mother to her darling boy in jail.

Further on, and still close at only one hour from Dalby, are the Bunya Mountains, one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets and a truly magnificent destination, a major Aboriginal meeting place for many many years and further back, food for dinosaurs. Yet a short drive south of Dalby along the Moonie Highway is the huge natural Lake Broadwater where people go to swim, fish, water ski, watch the kangaroos playing at sunset or just enjoy the water views.

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Or - you could stay right here and enjoy the sights of friendly small-town Dalby, including a walk beside the creek with its river redgums and all the associated bush smells and sounds that are so familiar and dear to all of us here…………………….
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About the Author

Jane Grieve

Jane Grieve

Former columnist for Queensland’s Courier Mail, is a freelance journalist for several current magazines.

She has written two books, Slippin’ on the Lino and In Stockmen’s Footsteps.


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