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Big Skies – Highlife Magazine

Big Skies 2018 drew crowds of people to experience the Western Downs like never before.

The event featured a lineup of ticketed and free events that were designed to showcase the region for locals and visitors alike.

Signature events included 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.

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2018-05-10T08:50:04+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

GALLERY: Thousand pack Jimbour House for rock concert

The Chronicle | 6th May

MONTHS of anticipation and build-up was finalised yesterday with the Day on the Plain at Jimbour House.

Some of the finest rock talent in Australia was on the Western Downs, for a concert described at the largest west of the Great Dividing Range.

While many brought their camp chairs, picnic rugs, sunglasses and hats to relax and enjoy the day, many couldn’t help but stand and dance for hours on end.

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2018-05-08T14:31:49+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

Food and Fibre – part of Big Skies Festival

6 May 2018 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Western Downs region is ready to showcase everything locally grown and sewn through their upcoming Food and Fibre event.

Talk with growers as they share their passion for turning soil and grass into quality food and fibre, shining a spotlight on the skilled, passionate and diverse growers around us. Watch models strut their stuff in the fashion parade, enjoy artisan workshops and sample the array of market stalls.

Enter the signature dish competition judged by celebrity foodie, Hayden Quinn.

Food and Fibre is a great day out for all ages with plenty to see and do. Camping is available onsite so make sure to get in and book your camping space now! Food and Fibre is an event included within the inaugural Big Skies 2018 Festival.

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2018-04-25T05:25:38+00:00 April 12th, 2018|

Stan’s first feature film shot at Jimbour

Most of the first feature-length film shot by Australian streaming service Stan, to premiere this month, was shot at a mansion on a 177-year-old Queensland cattle station – Jimbour House.

But the two-storey mansion came close to not being the set because the film crew was initially not allowed to stay onsite overnight.The Second will be shown at the Gold Coast Film Festival and includes music from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the first time it has provided music for a film.

Director Mairi Cameron said the movie told the story of two estranged female friends who reunite at an isolated property where they spent teenage summers together.

One woman, played by Rachael Blake, is a successful writer who used her and her friend’s teenage memories to create the storyline for her popular book.

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2018-04-07T15:52:44+00:00 April 7th, 2018|

Guided Tours inside Jimbour House

During the Big Skies 2018 Event, Jimbour House will open its doors for a limited number of tours throughout the House itself.

Notice | 25th April 2018

Due to unprecedented interest, 9 Guided Tours of Jimbour House during Big Skies 2018 have now been added.

The ADDITIONAL Tours are as follows :-
Monday, 30 April @ 11 am
Monday, 30 April @ 3 pm
Monday, 30 April @ 4 pm
Tuesday, 1 May @ 11 am
Tuesday, 1 May @ 3 pm
Tuesday, 1 May @ 4 pm
Wednesday, 2 May @ 2 pm
Thursday, 3 May @ 11 am
Thursday, 3 May @ 3 pm

Tours are $20 per person and each Tour will consist of approximately 20 people.

Please email admin@russellpastoral.com.au



Sunday, 29 April @ 1 pm ,2pm & 3pm

Wednesday 2 May @ 10 am, 11 am, 3 pm & 4 pm

Thursday 3 May @ 10 am

Friday, 4 May @ 10 am & 11 am

Sunday, 6 May @ 3 pm.

$20 per person

Please email admin@russellpastoral.com.au to express your interest

2018-04-25T05:36:42+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

Go camping for charity

ALAN Cutts is going back on the road again – and wants you to come with him.

Last year, the Boreen Point man, shocked at the statistics of farmers and their families as they struggled with costs and the vagaries of weather, decided to organise the Aussie Camping Rally to raise funds through the towns on the journey, with Mr Cutts saying there is an average 18 suicides a week in western Queensland.

This year, the Aussie Camping Rally is kicking off on the morning of April 2 starting at Jimbour House, north of Dalby, the same starting point as 2017, arriving at Routh Creek Station 20k east of Georgetown on April 9.

Fellow travellers can join for all or some of the trip. Towns and stations visited will include Jandowie, Eidsvold, Cracow, Theodore, Middlemount, Capella, Clermont, Baralaba and Charters Towers.

“Many people hear of, but do not fully appreciate, that outback farms and towns are not surviving,” he said.

Mr Cutts said last year’s inaugural rally was enjoyed by 66 people and could have been more.

“It would have been more than 100, but it was two days after Cyclone Debbie had hit and there were a few last-minute cancellations.

“One woman took two days to get from Tenterfield to [the starting point at] Dalby.

“But it went well; we raised a bit of money in the towns.”

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2018-03-18T09:37:26+00:00 February 7th, 2018|

Cocktails for a Cure raises funds for Mater Foundation supporting ovarian cancer research

24th February 2018

Cocktails for a Cure (CFAC) is preparing for its third annual even which raises funds for ovarian cancer research.

Cocktails’ founder and committee member, Edwina McVeigh, Dalby, is partnering with local organisations on numerous levels of sponsorship and donations to bring guests a Hampton’s themed event in the beautiful gardens of Jimbour Homestead.

All funds raised will be donated to the Mater Foundation to fund research studies for a cancer that affects about 1400 women each year in Australia.

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2018-02-19T17:59:56+00:00 February 7th, 2018|

Big Skies Camping at Jimbour

27th April 2018

Why not camp with us for Big Skies Festival 2018?!

Camping packages are available for a 10, 6, 3 or 1 night stay.

Camping sites are set at 10x8m and each site is restricted to the following options:

  • Option 1
    A single caravan, a camper-van, a motor home or camper trailer along with an awning and 1 vehicle;
  • Option 2
    2 tents, a gazebo and 1 vehicle

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2018-03-16T11:24:44+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Cinema under the Stars

2nd May 2018

BYO chairs, blankets and rugs and join us on the Jimbour runway to preview a new release movie.

As a preview to the movie, a Smart Phone Short Film Festival will be presented.

This festival is a competition consisting of 3 minute shorts filmed in and/or featuring the Western Downs and must have been produced and edited on a smart phone.

Free Event

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2018-03-18T09:24:34+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Big Night Sky – Guided Tour of the Galaxy

4th May 2018

Join us here where earth meets sky and where you will have the opportunity to view some of the best night skies in the world from within the Jimbour Amphitheatre.

The highly enthusiastic guides will tour you through the southern night skies sharing from their vast well of knowledge on subjects from the basics of astronomy to some of the more mind boggling science of outer space all set to a “galactic score” of a space-themed soundtrack.

Get ready to enjoy the commentary and spectacular views while reclining comfortably in outdoor chairs gazing skyward – BYO chairs, blankets and rugs or hire a recliner!

Free Event

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2018-03-18T09:32:22+00:00 December 15th, 2017|