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Dalby – The best of both worlds

With beautiful agricultural landscapes, a welcoming community and endless opportunities, Dalby is not only a hub for the mining and resources sector, but also a modern country haven.

A Wealth of Opportunity
Dalby’s economic forecast looks bright as infrastructure developments, a stable resource sector and population increases combine to promote continued business growth.

The emergence of new industries is adding greater diversity to a region already well established as a major manufacturing and agricultural centre.

The Dalby district enjoys economic stability thanks to a diversity of rural enterprises developed over many years. Dalby has emerged as a strategic regional centre for receiving and marketing a large proportion of Queensland’s thriving agricultural and livestock production.

Local agribusiness has diversified and our modern farmers are known for their optimistic business approach and willingness to embrace new research, new technology and new practices. As a result the region has developed a reputation for being a leader in advanced farming practices.

Local building and manufacturing industries continue to put Dalby on the map, both nationally and internationally, with innovative and award-winning products.

With comprehensive business and retail sectors, Dalby is positioned as a regional shopping destination. Professional services are also well catered for with established legal, financial and medical practices, as well as major banking institutions.

A Proactive Chamber of Commerce
Working in partnership for business excellence is the formula that the Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry uses to represent the business and industry community of Dalby.

Close relationships are maintained with local business, councils and other industry and community groups, to foster economic growth and prosperity. A prosperous Dalby means the opportunity for prosperous business.

The Chamber is a proactive and progressive organisation with a current membership of more than 210 local businesses.

Originally formed in 1910, the Chamber continues to grow and align its objectives and outcomes with the needs of both the business sector and the general community.

A Welcoming Community
To enjoy the benefits of relaxed country living with all the modern conveniences we invite you to discover Dalby. Enjoy Dalby’s welcoming country hospitality, vibrant business community and wellserviced amenities, nestled at the centre of Queensland’s beautiful Darling Downs.

The true heart of our town is our people. Dalby is proud of its reputation as a community that works together to achieve great things. You’ll feel welcome in our town where the smiles are instant and genuine.

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Situated one hour from Toowoomba, twoand- a-half hours west of Brisbane and three hours from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Dalby sits at the crossroads of the Warrego, Moonie, Condamine and Bunya Highways. This network of highways link Australia’s capital cities, making the town accessible by an extensive transport system.

Dalby is a popular regional centre for agriculture, manufacturing, industry, commerce and retail. Serviced by a large modern shopping centre and a range of speciality stores the town delivers a balanced lifestyle where daily conveniences are just minutes away.

Settled alongside the scenic Myall Creek, we take pride in offering a quality lifestyle in a clean and natural environment. Family-oriented leisure and recreational activities are well-catered for with several parks, playgrounds, bikeways and walking trails.

Sport and recreation are popular aspects of daily life in Dalby. The town has an impressive variety of sporting clubs and community facilities including a PCYC, 18-hole golf course, skate park, aquatic centre, theatre, library, art gallery, and modern show pavilion.

On the district’s social calendar is a host of cultural and sporting events from local theatre, eisteddfods and art shows to international sporting championships, country race days and local festivals.

Quality education and training is well provided for by Dalby’s state and private schools, both primary and secondary. While Dalby’s TAFE campus and the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba campus are two readily available post-school education options.

Whether it’s a first home, a family retreat, an investment property or a place to retire, Dalby has an array of housing solutions. A record number of modern new housing estates offer residential to rural-sized blocks in a variety of premium locations in and around town.

So for a taste of modern country living – Dalby welcomes you to discover what locals believe is Australia’s best kept secret.

Modern Country Living
Dalby welcomes you to discover a truly balanced lifestyle in a safe and secure community where every modern convenience is right on your doorstep.

Modern country living means that we value a quality lifestyle free from the distractions of traffic jams, queues and crowds, high crime rates and faceless neighbours.

In Dalby, you’re always only five minutes from anywhere. Slipping home for lunch is a reality, playing a round of golf after work is easy and ducking out from work to watch the school sports carnival is possible. To Dalby residents modern country living is having the freedom to enjoy all the little things that deliver a rewarding lifestyle.

A revitalised town centre combines the charm of country stores and the convenience of Main Street shopping with a contemporary shopping complex in the CBD. With some of the biggest retailers in Australia right in the heart of Dalby, there’s no need to look any further for all your shopping needs.

Dalby is a place to enjoy all four seasons with a comfortable climate of 27 degree averages in the summer months down to an average 12 degrees during winter. The average rainfall is 604mm per year.

Dalby’s outdoor lifestyle has lead to a healthy year-round selection of social events and extensive choice of sporting pursuits. It’s often said that country people like to make their own fun and Dalby’s full calendar of events is evidence of this.

Dalby’s signature event, Delicious and DeLIGHTful, is a colourful multi-cultural affair held over two days that showcases cuisine from around the world alongside crafty lantern designs.

There is always something to do in Dalby – from dances, debutante balls, trivia nights, art shows and market stalls to visiting shows, theatre restaurants, eisteddfods and arts council events held throughout the year.

You haven’t enjoyed a race day until you’ve experience a country race meeting and the Dalby Picnic Races in April are not only one of Queensland’s biggest regional race days, it’s an established social tradition.

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual business excellence awards is a huge event held each October at the Dalby Show Pavilion. The prestigious awards ceremony draws a strong crowd, recognising local high achieving businesses and employees.

Hidden Treasures
For metropolitan visitors Dalby has unmistakable appeal. A relaxed and friendly country town, uncluttered landscapes and the opportunity to sample home-grown produce in a regional setting.

And while locals may take all this a little for granted, those who take a closer look will discover a surprising wealth of charm, history and natural beauty that is well worth exploring.

In the heart of Dalby, the busy main street, adorned with colourful garden beds and quaint bell towers, suggests a town with pride. The picturesque Thomas Jack Park is the ideal place to relax with landscaped gardens, play equipment, shaded picnic areas and walking paths.

A stroll down the Myall Creek walkway that runs adjacent to the town provides a glimpse at the region’s past. Plaques pinpoint places of historical interest including the site of first settlement known as ‘The Crossing’, where explorer Henry Dennis camped back in 1841.

The banks of the Myall Creek are also home to many different natural wonders including ancient red river gums, parrots, possums, water dragons, sugar gliders and koalas. The area is also popular with birdwatchers from around Queensland enticed by the opportunity to sight the rare and endangered Regent Honey Eater.

For a cultural experience, the Dalby Regional Art Gallery offers a wide range of exhibitions, both touring and local, in all aspects of art. The gallery pays homage to home-grown art with an impressive selection of regional works and has provided a platform for outstanding local artists who have gone on to exhibit both nationally and internationally.

Just 15 minutes from Dalby is the historic Jimbour Station, where the impressive Jimbour House – a sandstone mansion built 1874-6 – stands as a testament to the Australian pioneering spirit. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the colour and splendour of the expansive formal gardens and experience living history.

The Dalby region also boasts some unique places of environmental beauty such as the naturally occurring Lake Broadwater – home to an array of native birds and wildlife – and the majestic Bunya Mountains reserve with its cool rainforest walks, waterfalls and world renowned Bunya Pines.

The Bunya Mountains is a popular place to escape the summer heat (the temperature averages 10 degrees cooler). While during the winter months there’s no better way to spend the weekend than beside an open fire in a mountain retreat. There’s also a myriad of walking trails with stunning vistas, native wallabies and colourful birds.

With Dalby as your base there are several tourist drives for those keen to explore the hidden treasures of the region at their own pace.

One such popular route is the Great Bunya Drive through the scenic country landscapes of the Darling Downs and South Burnett. West of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, the drive incorporates the magnificent Bunya Mountains National Park, freshwater dams, pastoral homesteads and rural towns dotted throughout the Darling Downs and South Burnett

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