Region: Central West and Darling Downs

A region is a vast inland area of rural Queensland encompassing the central section of Queensland on and to the west of the Great Dividing Range. The eastern section of this region is often referred to as the Golden West but is better known to many as the Darling Downs, one of the richest agricultural areas in the world.

Major highways traverse the whole of the Golden West region, allowing easy access to a most scenic part of inland Queensland.

Attractions include numerous museums in the area that preserve the heritage of the pioneers. Activities are plentiful, with bushwalkers, horse riders and fishing enthusiasts particularly well catered for.

Darling Downs

The Darling Downs is a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland. The landscape is dominated by rolling hills covered by pastures of many different vegetables, legumes and other crops including cotton, wheat, barley and sorghum. Between the farmlands there are long stretches of crisscrossing roads, bushy ridges, winding creeks and many herds of cattle.

The region is popular with tourists because of its many natural and heritage attractions, including the Goomburra State Forest, Cunningham's Gap, Spicer's Gap and the Queen Mary Falls near Killarney in the Main Range National Park. The Cobb & Co Museum at Toowoomba has displays of horse drawn vehicles and material on the history of the Darling Downs.

How To Get There

The mid region of Central Queensland (Toowoomba; Dalby; Miles; Roma; Charleville; Blackall) is accessed by road from Brisbane via Warrego Highway and the Darling Downs.

Capricorn Highway connects the northern region (Blackwater; Emerald; Barcaldine; Longreach) with Rockhampton and the Capricorn coast.

The southern, or Goldest West region (Goondawindi, St George Cunnamulla) is accessed from Brisbane via New England Highway to Warwick, then Barwon and Balonne Highways.

Best Time To Go

The region can be visited all year around, though it can be quite cold at nights in winter. The best time to visit the western regions is between April and September, which are the cooler, drier months. Summer temperatures in the west can climb to over 40 °C, and high rainfalls can also occur in summer, followed quickly by floodwaters.

The further west you go, flooding can occur up to two weeks after rain in the catchment. Rain can fall at any time of year and even a small amount of rain can make roads impassable. Check with the RACQ¨› or¨›local council offices¨›for current road conditions before your trip.



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