The sky is the limit for attendees of the first Big Skies festival in the Western Downs region (28 April – 6 May) – a seven-day event offering plenty of country fare, flair and internationally-acclaimed musical acts.

Music festival ‘Day on the Plain’ on Saturday 5 May, is the hero of the weeklong event. Day on the Plain is set to boast some of Australia’s biggest household names; The Eurogliders, Wendy Matthews, Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, Glenn Shorrock, Richard Clapton, Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde.

The following morning the festival will take to the skies in a Cappadocia-inspired Hot Air Balloon Spectacular, where over 20 balloons will add to the sights of the spectacular Jimbour Plains. Camping options will be available at Jimbour Station for the duration of the stellar line-up of events, along with accommodation options from moteliers.

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

“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.”

Foodies will also want to secure a seat at the ‘Big Skies Long Lunch’ on Wednesday 2 May to enjoy a taste of Queensland’s finest local produce at the ultimate paddock-to-plate experience.

Those looking for a free event on the same day, should not miss the opportunity to experience an exclusive tour of the Dalby Saleyards or wait for the sun to set and enjoy ‘Cinema Under the Stars.’

The following two days are all about whetting appetites for a traditional country fare, with two-course ‘Camp Oven Experiences’ set amongst the picturesque landscape.

And when the sun sets on Friday 4 May, revellers can relish in the opportunity to gaze at one of the best night skies in the world with ‘Big Night Sky – A Guided Tour of the Galaxy.’

To finish, the region’s beauty and infamous hospitality will be on show with ‘Food and Fibre’ exhibiting all things locally grown and sown.

For more information about the festival visit, check out the Big Skies Facebook page or phone 1300COUNCIL


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