Road tripping is the best way to do Western Country.
Set out for a week or more to enjoy the beauty and wide open spaces of the Western Downs and Goondiwindi Region.
Take your time exploring the highways and the roads less travelled and you’ll find friendly towns, country pubs, tranquil camp spots, great birdwatching, freshwater fishing in rivers and lagoons, and some unexpected gems on the edge of the outback.
Tick off these Western Country Must-Sees:
Fish or picnic at the picturesque Chinchilla Weir and stay the night at The Palms Motel or Chinchilla Downtown Motor Inn, before returning to the weir for dawn birdwatching or another fish before continuing on to Miles.
Miles Historical Village
Walk the streets of Miles Historical Village to experience history frozen in time.
Authentic shopfronts and displays of machinery and memorabilia bring to life stories of the town’s colourful past.
Plan your trip to catch Miles Back to the Bush Festival held every two years.
Continue along the Leichhardt Way through Condamine.
Stop for a picnic and to throw in a line or go birdwatching at Caliguel Lagoon – also a peaceful place to light a campfire and pitch a tent for the night or park your van.
Myall Park Botanic Garden
Go for a bushwalk and take a picnic to Myall Park Botanic Garden – a native plant collection like you’ve never seen!
The population of Yelarbon might be small with just 365 residents, but its silo art is monumental, measuring 1,800 square metres.
Spread across eight Graincorp silos, this artwork by Jordon Bruce (aka The Brightsiders) took two weeks and more than one thousand litres of paint to complete.
When the Rains Come, tells the story of a young boy playing in the lagoon, highlighting the local flora and fauna of the region.
From Yelarbon, head to Goondiwindi and stay overnight at Goondiwindi Holiday Park or the Best Western Ascot Lodge and make an early start for the last stop on the journey – an overnight stay and tour with Peter and Rochelle Jesser at Ballancar Station, near Inglewood – a cultural centre that preserves the indigenous and colonial heritage of this region.