Dalby Tourism & Travel
Situated some 73 km from Toowoomba, Dalby is known as the hub of the Darling Downs in South East Queensland.
Dalby - History
Dalby was first settled in 1841 when English pioneer Henry Dennis pitched his tent at the crossing at Myall Creek after being guided by through the rugged terrain by a young Aboriginal boy. Originally known as Myall Creek, Dalby was later named after an officer of the Home Secretary of the time - Dalby. In 1863 the people of Dalby elected their first local government council of 6 members; at that time Dalby was proclaimed a municipality with the right to govern itself. The township thrived until the mid 1900s; as a steady decline in population caused more and more emigrant Australian families to choose to settle in coastal areas.By 1925 the Dalby District, Darling Downs and the greater Queensland was heavily infested with the introduced prickly pear cactus weed. The noxious plant was impossible effectively eradicate by sprays. The land was rendered unusable and drove many from their farms. In 1925 eggs of the Cactoblastis Cactorum moth were imported from Argentina to be bred and liberated throughout the prickly pear territory. Within 10 years the insect had destroyed all the dense mass of prickly pear. After World War 11 Dalby grew with the soldier resettlement programme and is now the centre of Australia's richest grain and cotton growing area.
Dalby - Attractions
See the Pioneer Park Museum with historic buildings; the Cultural and Administration Centre is the regional Art Gallery and The Crossing is an obelisk marking the spot where explorer Henry Dennis camped in 1841. The historic Cactoblastis Cairn in Dalby pays homage to the Cactoblastis moth that saved Queensland from the prickly pear cactus. The Myall Creek Walk is a walkway along the banks of Myall River and Lake Birdwater Conservation Park is a 350 ha lake, and important breeding ground for waterfowl.
Dalby - Nearby
Historic Jimbour House is an attractive French homestead; Bell is an interesting small town at the base of Bunya Mountains; Cecil Plains is a cotton town with historic murals and Cecil Plains Homestead and the beautiful Bunya mountains National Park is some 63km north East of Dalby.
Dalby - Winery
Rimfire Vineyards and Winery is a boutique winery with a Cellar Door offering tastings.