Jondaryn woolshed, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 9775

Sitting at the crossroads of the Warrego, Moonie, Condamine and Bunya highways, Dalby is conveniently linked to all of Australia's capital cities. It was a small rural town until the soldier resettlement program after World War II in which the population influx allowed the surrounding agricultural industry to thrive. It is now a relaxed country town with uncluttered landscapes, charismatic local pubs and home-grown produce.

Visitor Information

Thomas Jack Park, cnr Drayton and Condamine sts; (07) 4679 4461


Nearby national parks

  • Bunya Mountains National Park

    The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups...more

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

Nearby towns

  • Oakey

    Oakey is an agricultural town on the Darling Downs surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and black-soil plains. It is also the base for the...more

  • Crows Nest

    On the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range north of Toowoomba is the small town of Crows Nest. It was named after Jimmy Crow, a...more

  • Chinchilla

    Chinchilla is a prosperous town in the western Darling Downs. Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt named the area in 1844 after the local Aboriginal...more

In Town

Thomas Jack Park: beautifully landscaped park with playground equipment and tranquil lagoon; Cnr Drayton and Condamine sts.

Cultural and Administration Centre: regional art gallery and cinema; Drayton St.

Pioneer Park Museum: comprises historic buildings, household and agricultural items and a craft shop; Black St.

The Crossing: an obelisk marks the spot where explorer Henry Dennis camped in 1841; Edward St.

Historic cairn: pays homage to the cactoblastis, the Argentinean caterpillar that controlled prickly pear in the 1920s; Myall Creek picnic area, Marble St.

Myall Creek Walk: walk along banks of Myall Creek to see varied birdlife.

Heritage walk: self-guide walk provides insight into town's history; brochure from visitor centre.


Lake Birdwater Conservation Park The 350 ha lake is an important breeding ground for waterfowl. There are over 240 species of bird that can be seen from the short walks around the lake. Waterskiing and boating are popular on the main body of the lake when it is full (permit required); 29 km SW

Darling Downs wine region Vineyards are starting to spring up in this region better known for mainstream agriculture. Read more

Historic Jimbour House: attractive French homestead, formal gardens and boutique winery; 29 km N.

Bell: small town at the base of Bunya Mountains with traditional arts and crafts stores; 41 km NW.

Cecil Plains: cotton town with historic murals and Cecil Plains Homestead. Also a popular spot for canoeing down Condamine River; 42 km S.

Bunya Mountains National Park: 63 km NE; see Kingaroy.

Campsites around town

Wilga Bush camping area 23 km

On the northern side of Lake Broadwater, this secluded campground is linked to Lake Broadwater camping area via a 2 km track. You can learn about the park’s vegetation along the walking track and see the remains of... Find out more

Lake Broadwater camping area 25 km

This camping area among the shady red and blue gums of Lake Broadwater Conservation Park lies 30 km south-west of Dalby. The lake is a popular watersports venue and the surrounding forests are great for birdwatching. The... Find out more

Bowenville Reserve camping area 26 km

This large, shady campground is on the southern banks of Oakey Creek – perfect for fishing or taking a dip. Bring your own drinking water. To get here, follow Bowenville–Norwin Rd, 4 km south of the Warrego... Find out more

Cecil Plains Weir camping area 39 km

The Condamine River flows through the Millmerran area, where a number of campsites are available, ideal for fishing and boating. This site is 1 km east of Cecil Plains, reached via Cecil Plains–Toowoomba Rd.... Find out more

Cecil Plains Rural Retreat Caravan Park 39 km

This basic campground with a toilet block and hot showers is on Taylor St in Cecil Plains, opposite Henry Stuart Russell Park. There is a black-water dump here but you need to bring your own drinking water. From... Find out more

Dandabah camping area 46 km

Dandabah has large, open grassy areas conveniently close to a small general store, restaurant and public phone. There are sites for up to 70 campers and it can be reached by conventional vehicle. The site is on Bunya... Find out more

Jandowae Accommodation Park 46 km

You’ll find a good range of facilities at this park, 50 km north of Dalby, but bring your own firewood. There’s a swimming pool, camp kitchen, laundry facilities, kiosk and the option of self-contained... Find out more

Westcott camping area (walk-in camping) 47 km

Suitable for tents only, there is no vehicular access to this partly shaded campground, for up to 30 people, but parking is just 20 m away. There are fireplaces but use the firewood sparingly. Tap water must be treated... Find out more

Burtons Well camping area (walk-in camping) 48 km

Camp among the ancient grass trees with beautiful forest surrounds at this large tent-only site, 8.5 km north-west of the QPWS information centre. The carpark is a short walk from the open camping area which caters for... Find out more

Swinging Bridge Park camping area 61 km

This site has no showers or toilets, but public toilets are available nearby and the Cooyar Hotel is happy for you to use their facilities; they charge a small fee for showers. If you are using one of the powered sites,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Crows Nest Caravan Park 79 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 80 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more

Yarraman Caravan Park 81 km

Perched high on a hill about 1 km north of Yarraman, the park has a great outlook over the surrounding areas. This is an easy park to access. It has a large number of sites and is popular with caravan clubs who can use... Find out more

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 81 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more

Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins 92 km

This is a quiet park off the highway where every site has its own ensuite. It is a great place for a stopover on the journey north or it is a good base to explore the Bunya Mountains. The ensuite sites are good value.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Dalby park area

At Dalby

Adjacent to the highway at the information centre in the middle of town.

Warra rest area 44 km

At Warra

Just off the highway under shady trees at the old railway display in the middle of town.        

Swinging Bridge camping area 61 km

At Cooyar

Well off the highway behind a hotel. Toilets at the parking area opposite the hotel.

Lendel Rest Area 66 km

70 km N of Toowoomba (L) or 47 km S of Yarraman (R)

Large grassed area just off the road. Limited shade.

NOTE: No sign.

Archers Crossing camping area 72 km

T/O 72km W of Dalby (L) or 10km E of Chinchilla (R)

Very secluded camping area located 15km south of the highway via Hopelands and Hopelands School rds, and Archers Crossing Rd (unsealed). Camping restricted to one night only.

Chinchilla Weir camping area 80 km

T/O at Chinchilla

Large camping area on the banks of the Condamine River located 8km south of town via Tara Rd. Some powered sites available.  

Hampton park area 82 km

At Hampton

Adjacent to the highway at the information centre.

Toowoomba South park area 84 km

74km N of Warwick (L) or 10km S of Toowoomba (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Crows Nest Falls camping area 84 km

T/O 43km N of Toowoomba (R) or 74km S of Yarraman (L)

Small secluded camping area located 6km east of the highway in a natural bush setting in Crows Nest Falls National Park. Good facilities and shade. 

Nanango park area 92 km

At Nanango

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Helidon rest area 94 km

108km W of Brisbane (R) or 19km E of Toowoomba (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees at James Hedges Park.

What's on around town

Cotton on to Energy Festival: 4-day festival; Mar.

Newmarket Races: Mar.

Picnic Races: May.

Saints Race Day: July.

Plough Inn Cup: Aug.

Dalby Show: Apr.

Spring Art Show: Sept.

Spring Garden Week: Sept.

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