The Darling Downs South West region is an area on the western slope of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland and covers an impressive 480,000km2 of land.
Agriculture is one of the economic pillars of our region and compliments the energy, tourism, services, infrastructure, processing and manufacturing industries.
Toowoomba is the largest city in the region, which is approximately 90 minutes drive west of Brisbane. Quintessential country towns like Stanthorpe, Chinchilla, Dalby, Warwick, Kingaroy, Murgon, Oakey, Roma, Charleville and Goondiwindi are part of our diverse region, with lots of smaller towns branching off in all directions from these towns.
The Darling Downs are west of the Dividing Range, extending to a plain reaching to Miles and Goondiwindi. The eastern side of the Darling Downs is defined by the Bunya Mountains and their northern foothills, the continuation of the Dividing Range in a south-easterly trend through Crows Nest and Toowoomba, and then in a southerly trend to Killarney and Stanthorpe, ending at the Granite Belt. The westerly foothills of this range enter the undulating, rolling downs and come upon the Condamine alluvial plain.
The Condamine River rises near Killarney and trends north-west through Warwick, Dalby and Chinchilla. The river plain and its numerous tributaries (particularly around Allora, and including Oakey, Canaga and Cooranga Creeks) are distinguished by good soils formed by basaltic alluvium of depths of 4-60 feet. The westerly limit of the Condamine plain lies along an irregular line passing near Leyburn, Cecil Plains and Chinchilla. The Western Downs lie beyond that. By far the larger part of the Darling Downs, the Western Downs, extends beyond Inglewood to Goondiwindi, to beyond Tara, and beyond Miles to Wandoan.