If you are looking for a "true blue" getaway - look no further. The Darling Downs Region might be the "outback experience" you seek. Covering the gentle western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, in an area of approximately 72,000 square kilometres, is one of the most productive farming regions in Australia, the Darling Downs. Many diverse crops: grapes, wheat, legumes - are grown in the fields of rich black volcanic soils. But these soils are also responsible for some of the most splendid gardens in Queensland. During Spring, the centrepiece of these fertile fields surely is Toowoomba. The last outpost between The Great Dividing Range and the red sands of the western downs, and stunning views over the Lockyer valley, Toowoomba flourishes with colour during the Carnival of Flowers. Boasting 240 public parks and gardens, even the most astute gardener will be amazed. The Toowoomba Japanese Gardens are a notable example of traditional Japanese design and creativity in harmony with nature. Spring makes the garden city bloom in colour, autumn sees ankle deep gold and ochre coloured leaf fall. Enjoy one of the many country pubs, museums or galleries. The Cobb and Co Museum lets you re-live the tall tale of Queensland's first horse-drawn coach and mail service and the Milne Bay Military museum exhibits the history of Australia's armed forces. For a cultural experience, spend a night out at the restored art deco Empire Theatre and enjoy a play at the largest regional theatre in Australia. Seating 1,600 people, the theatre has a long running track record as Toowoomba's premier stage and music venue.Charters Towers is situated in the Burdekin Basin and the whole area is steeped in history. With the well-known Country Music Festival held in May each year, there are many reasons to visit. Old gold mines, monthly markets and great pubs - all in a true blue outback setting.The history of the mining era is continued at Mount Isa. Take a guided tour around the mines, see the sights from the lookout and explore the Undergound Hospital - this tour will practically make you a local! But no visit is complete without a visit to the Isa Experience, one of the finest history lessons you will find.Longreach is known as the birthplace of Qantas and home to the Qantas Founders Museum where you can tour a fully equipped 747 jumbo jet. Enjoy the "true Aussie Outback" with a visit to the Stockman's Hall of Fame or take prehistoric journey at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, following in the footsteps of those who roamed this Earth some 95 million years ago.No matter where you travel in this region, a swagman always needs to rest. So, why not try one of our fine Bed and Breakfast Accommodations? There might even be one "down by a billabong"!
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