Dalby is situated just over an hour west of Toowoomba and houses a population of approximately 12 000, with approximately 5000 residents living in the immediate surrounds. Sitting at the heart of the rich coal and natural gas reserves that support the energy industry in south eastern Queensland, Dalby has some of the richest soils within the Darling Downs. Dalby and surrounds are known for its healthy cattle, lamb and pig industry as well as rich crops of cotton, sorghum, wheat, barley, sunflowers, chickpeas, mung beans and corn.

Dalby is a large country town in the northern Darling Downs region of Queensland. Located in a fertile volcanic soil belt, Dalby is a thriving community surrounded by wheat, cotton, sunflowers, sorghum, millet and barley. Dalby has excellent facilities and amenities, particularly in education. It is an ideal family community with a diverse range of clubs and sporting opportunities. A pleasant and attractive town, Dalby offers a relaxed country lifestyle in a friendly and energetic community. Dalby is an ideal town to raise a family. The town offers quality learning from Preparatory Year to tertiary through Dalby’s wide range of educational institutes. There is also a diverse range of sporting and cultural activities that children and adults alike can be involved in, including more niche sports such as hang gliding, pigeon racing and croquet.

Unlike other regional towns, you’ll have a choice of dwelling type with the option to make either an apartment, acreage or separate house your home.

Even though the population is quite large, a sense of community still remains in Dalby with organisations such as Safety House, Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers all actively playing a role to protect the townspeople.

  • Community clubs including: Apex, Rotary, Lions, Probus, RSL, Queensland Country Women’s Association, Neighbourhood Watch, Safety House, Crime Stoppers and Zonta
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Library
  • A number of faiths provide services and places of worship
  • Police station
  • Most major banks
  • Australia Post
  • Coles, Foodworks and Woolworths supermarkets
  • Dalby Shoppingworld
  • Sporting clubs and facilities including tennis, bowls, golf, cricket, swimming, darts, soccer, athletics, all codes of football, croquet, hang gliding, martial arts, netball, basketball, pistol club, squash, volleyball and waterskiing
  • Dalby Cotton Week held in March
  • Country Music Festival
  • Bunya Mountains National Park
  • Lake Broadwater Conservation Park – camping, water sports, bush walking, bird watching
  • Pioneer Park Museum
  • Wings and Wheel Spectacular in August
  • Dalby Spring Sensations Festival in September
  • Thomas Jack Park
  • Heritage Walking Trail
  • Regional Art Gallery

Dalby has two environmental parks in close proximity which feature local flora, fauna, a natural lake and pristine rainforest. Must-see features of the town’s tourism scene include the Regional Art Gallery, Heritage Trail, Aboriginal murals, and the Pioneer Museum. The town itself has a shopping centre with Woolworths, Big W and numerous specialty shops. There is an active indoor and outdoor sporting scene and a gym. For visitors who enjoy the outdoors, the region has a number of leisurely country drives such as the Bunya Mountain Drive, Warra Drive, Lake Broadwater Drive and the Dingo Barrier Fence Drive.

The Southern Downs has a higher proportion of children, older people and males than the state average. There is also a high proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals (29%) a culturally diverse population with evidence of poor proficiency in English. The major causes of illness and death are coronary health disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression and lung cancer. The health determinants which drive these trends are harmful levels of alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, poor nutrition, socioeconomic disadvantage, physical inactivity and mental health risk factors.

The Dalby Health Service cares for Maternity, Medical and Surgical patients. It has a Children’s ward, Outpatients, Palliative/Aged Care and Pathology services. Community health is a significant feature of the service with the following: Community and Child Health, Indigenous Health, Diabetic Health, Home and Community Care Services, School-Based Health Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation, McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse, Early Intervention Specialist and Child Protection Officer.

Dalby has a train and bus service. The Queensland Rail supplied Westlander route has two trains per week which go to Brisbane. Greyhound Australia supplies buses three times a week.  

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