CORNERSTONE: The much loved Dalby Picnic Races are going to be a feature event of the Big Skies initiative.
CORNERSTONE: The much loved Dalby Picnic Races are going to be a feature event of the Big Skies initiative. Richard Coombs

Big Skies on the horizon

A BRAND new seven-day event is set to delight the residents of the Western Downs and drive tourism next year as Big Skies dawns on the area.

Big Skies, approved by the Western Downs Regional Council, will raise the bar for destination-driven experience and anchor the regions tourism push.

The event will be bookended by the Dalby Picnic Races on Saturday, April 28, and the May Day long weekend, and will feature a line-up of ticketed and free events designed to showcase the region.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was thrilled the area would be hosting an event of this size and calibre.

"We've already established a reputation for delivering fantastic signature events such as Opera at Jimbour, and I believe Big Skies will be an unforgettable series of events that will put our region on the map and really set a new precedent for the Western Downs,” Mayor McVeigh said.

"Whether you want to recline on a guided tour of the galaxy, enjoy a champagne breakfast as you watch hot air balloons fill the sky over the Jimbour Plains or relax with friends as you enjoy a rock concert in the impressive amphitheatre of Jimbour Station, this event has something for everyone.”

Camping and glamping options will be available at Jimbour Station for the duration of the stellar line-up of events, along with accommodation options from moteliers.

Signature events will include Big Night Sky - Guided tour of the Galaxy; rock music concert Day on the Plain; Big Skies Hot Air Balloon Spectacular and Food and Fibre, an event to showcase everything that has been locally sown and grown.

The council will be releasing more details about events and ticketing in coming weeks.


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