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Darling Downs Region - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Bell
• Chinchilla
• Crows Nest NP
• Dalby
• Goondiwindi
• Granite Belt
• Millmerran
• Oakey
• Ravensbourne
• Stanthorpe
• Taroom
• Texas
• Toowoomba
• Warwick
• Southern Downs
• Western Downs
Other towns, villages and localities in the Darling Downs region include:
• Allora • Cambooya • Clifton • Cecil Plains • Crows Nest • Drayton • Jondaryan • Mitchell • Murilla • Nobby • Pittsworth
• Roman • Rosalie • Tara • Wambo
Located on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland and bordering New South Wales, the Darling Downs is a low plain fertile rural region that is dominated by rolling hills of farms and wineries. The region also includes the area known as 'The Granite Belt Wineries', which is gaining a reputation as a serious wine producer.

During the 1920s, millions of acres in the region were infested by the prickly pear, a cactus from South America. This noxious plant invasion originated from a single, yellow flowering prickly pear, brought to Australia in 1839. The biological introduction in the 1930 of the Cactoblastis Cactorum was the outstanding success story in controlling the infestation of the introduced plant. There is a cairn, erected in Marble Street in 1965, that records the indebtedness of the people of Queensland (and Dalby in particular) to a tiny moth.

Geographically the principle towns in the region is Toowoomba, whilst other towns on the Downs include Allora, Cambooya, Clifton, Cecil Plains, Chinchilla (in the west), Crows Nest and Crows Nest National Park, Dalby, Drayton, Jondaryan, Mitchell, Millmerran, Murilla, Nobby, Oakey, Pittsworth, Roman, Rosalie, Tara, Taroom, Wambo, and Warwick. On the northern boundaries of the Downs are the Bunya Mountains and the Bunya Mountains National Park.

Southern Downs
The Southern Downs area is part of the wider Darling Downs region. It is an area that stretches from Cunningham's Gap (120 km south west of Brisbane), Allora and Clifton to the north, Wallangarra to the south and west to Inglewood and Texas. It also includes a region known as the Granite Belt, and together is referred to and promoted as the Southern Downs.

Other destinations in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt regions include the Warwick region (that include Allora, Killarney, Leyburn), the twin towns of Inglewood and Texas, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi on the western edge of the Southern Downs, and Waggamba (part of the Goondiwindi Regional Council).

There are five parks in the Southern Downs region on the Queensland side of the border, including Main Range National Park, Mount Barney National Park, Sundown National Park, Girraween National Park and Goomburra State Forest Reserve.

Western Downs
The Western Downs area is part of the wider Darling Downs region, with shared localities of that in the Southern Downs region. The Western Downs is sometimes referred to as ‘The Maranoa’, after the Maranoa River which runs through it.

The Western Downs is promoted as an area that starts from the eastern part of the arid South West region of Queensland to the agricultural region of the Darling Downs in the east, whilst to the west is the dry Channel Country.

The Balonne River and Maranoa River are the two main catchments in the region, whilst the Warrego Highway, Carnarvon Highway and Balonne Highway are the major road routes across the region.

The Darling Downs, Western Downs, Southern Downs and Granite Belt regions are a popular tourist destination, with the main route in the region include the New England Highway and the Warrego Highway, that provide ease of access to the many historical and heritage attractions. The region is often grouped and described as part of Toowoomba and South West Queensland.

Check out our listing of Darling Downs accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre

Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre

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Darling Downs Region Attractions

Bunya Mountains National Park
• Home to the distinctive Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwilli). The park offers spectacular mountain scenery with many peaks several of which are over 1,000 m above sea level.

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