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3 09, 2018

Mark Sholtez & Bruce Woodward at Jimbour House

2018-09-03T11:57:10+00:00September 3rd, 2018|

28th October 2018

Award winning record artist and songwriter Mark Sholtez & contemporary/jazz guitarist Bruce Woodward will be performing at Jimbour this October

Sholtez and Woodward, both members of staff at USQ Music Department will be presenting a selection of mark’s own work, as well as famous covers from some of contemporary music’s most famous songwriters.

Sholtez has performed with many of Australia’s great songwriters, including Wendy Matthews and Missy Higgins.

2:00 pm4:30 pm |

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27 07, 2018

Music, art scenes give sense of identity

2018-07-27T11:00:55+00:00July 27th, 2018|

The Australian | 27th July 2018

It is the cultural heart that reveals the Darling Downs’ community spirit.

Southern Queensland’s arts and cultural scene is said to punch above its weight, including picnic performances attracting thousands to see opera, emerging public art and open-air rock concerts.

Building on a tradition of music groups in Toowoomba and performances for more than a century, new festivals are planned to bring tourists and locals to the blue-sky surrounds.

University of Southern Queensland professor and head of the arts and communication school, Rhoderick McNeill, says the region has long been an arts hub with a creative culture, pointing to its enduring local classical music groups and its innovative festivals.

Western Downs’ historic Jimbour Station hosts one of Australia’s biggest music events, Opera at Jimbour, that brings up to 10,000 guests to the sandstone property to watch the performance from their picnic blankets.

Planning for the biennial performance — which last year featured David Hobson and Emily Burke in The Merry Widow — is under way as part of the Queensland Music Festival for July 2019. Burke also starred in Fledermaus in 2015.

“[Arts] brings the city a sense of identity and wellbeing,” he says. “The cultural activities in the place are a good barometer of how happy and content a place is.”

And after May’s biggest rock concert west of the Great Dividing Range — the Western Downs’ Day on the Plains, part of the 10-day Blue Skies Festival — the region will soon display its contemporary arts bona fides with a light-installation festival.

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26 07, 2018

Women in Ag Day – Jimbour House

2018-07-27T10:59:52+00:00July 26th, 2018|

16th October 2018

Darling Downs Cotton Growers Inc. presents a day for women in agriculture to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect.

Featuring Guest Speaker Chantal Corish “How to escape the cult of busy & why you should”

Picnic Lunch, Market Stalls, Live Music, Fashion Parade, Multi-draw Raffles, Lucky Door Prize & Kids Entertainment.

Proceeds to “Are You Bogged Mate?” – helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush.

10:00am  | Jimbour House

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10 05, 2018

Big Skies – Highlife Magazine

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

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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8 05, 2018

GALLERY: Thousand pack Jimbour House for rock concert

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

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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7 04, 2018

Stan’s first feature film shot at Jimbour

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

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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2 11, 2017

Exploring Jimbour House – Queensland Weekender

2017-11-02T10:20:53+00:00November 2nd, 2017|

Jimbour House lies about 20 minutes north of Dalby.

Back in its glory days, its holding stretched over 120,000 hectares and was home to 200 people and over 300,000 sheep. Today the property is a much more modest 4,500 hectares. It’s still a working station, with about 2000 head of cattle.

The main attraction at Jimbour is its grand homestead and gardens.

The gardens are open every day and visitors can explore them on the ‘Living History Walk’. All that’s needed is a gold coin donation and a brochure which visitors can pick up at the entrance. The walk is self-guided and explores the fascinating history of the station and the families that called it home.

Watch Queensland Weekender every Saturday afternoon at 5.30pm on Channel 7 Queensland. The program is repeated nationally on 7Two the following Saturday at 12.30pm and is available for a limited time on catch-up TV at Plus7. For more information and great stories about the ultimate way to spend a weekend in Queensland please visit

24 07, 2017

Thousands left enchanted by beautiful Opera at Jimbour

2017-07-24T10:33:54+00:00July 24th, 2017|

THOUSANDS of opera lovers sat under clear skies to enjoy this year’s Opera at Jimbour at the weekend.

The Queensland Music Festival and Opera Queensland again partnered to put on the opera which this year was a semi-staged concert version of Franz Lehar’s famouse The Merry Widow.

“It all went really, really well,” senior project manager Jean Smith said of the outdoor opera in the amphitheatre on the picturesque grounds of the heritage-listed Jimbour House on the Western Downs.

Directed by OperaQ’s Jason Barry-Smith, the opera featured popular tenor David Hobson, soprano Emily Burke with Hayley Sugars and Virgilio Marino.

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23 06, 2017

‘The Second’ films on Western Downs, Jimbour House

2017-06-23T08:01:15+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

‘The Second’: Stan announces first original film with Screen Queensland.

THE SECOND has begun production in south east Queensland this week, and is the first feature film to be developed through a partnership between Stan and Screen Queensland. Due to premiere in cinemas and Stan in 2018, it’s marked as as the first of the Queensland Originals to go into production.

The psychological thriller will film in Western Downs region including at Dalby’s Jimbour House, Jandowae, Lake Broadwater, and in Brisbane.

Starring Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior, THE SECOND is about two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel.

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3 04, 2017

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea | Jimbour House

2017-04-03T10:21:05+00:00April 3rd, 2017|

21st May 2017 | Hosted by Dalby Cancer Council | Qld Branch

The Cancer Council is calling on foodies and fundraisers to register for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in a bid to raise $2.8 million for cancer research and support in Queensland.

Morning Tea available for $10, market stalls, entertainment from South & Central State Schools bands, plus others, Fashion Parade.

Cake stall, & delightful gardens to sit in & enjoy all this | BBQ available for lunch.

10 AM – 2 PM | Jimbour House

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