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Opera at Jimbour House 2019


Opera at Jimbour House 2019

Be delighted once again, as Queensland Music Festival together with Opera Queensland bring you the spectacular outdoor experience of Opera at Jimbour.

Located on the glorious grounds of Jimbour House in the Western Downs region of Queensland, Opera at Jimbour promises a full day of magnificent fun for the whole family. Stroll through the market stalls, pack a picnic or enjoy the food and wine on offer from the local region.

This year’s gala event will feature favourites carefully selected from iconic opera classics, performed by Rosario La Spina, Hayley Sugars, Sarah Crane and Shaun Brown.

Take in a full day of entertainment, watch the pre-show rehearsal, dance and sing along to your favourite classics. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and be a part of Opera at Jimbour.

Presented by Queensland Music Festival, Western Downs Regional Council, Opera Queensland and Russell Pastoral.


Saturday 27 July 2019
Gates open at 10.00am
Performance starts at 2.30pm


General Admission $18 – $42
Family Pack (2 x Adults + 2 x Youths) $98
Camping (1 – 3 nights) $43 – $98

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Exciting new chinchilla Botanic parklands


Exciting new chinchilla Botanic parklands

The Chinchilla Botanic Parkland is a $5.9 million project co-funded by the Western Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government, with Council delivering the project. Spanning 4.2 hectares between Canaga and Wambo Streets, the Parkland will boast state-of-the-art water treatment and irrigation systems with solar panels powering the entire site.

The long-awaited project was first announced in 2016, stemming from a community vision that has origins as far back the 1970’s. Set to become a signature destination for community events and entertainment across the region, the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland will add to the beauty, heritage and liveability of the Western Downs.

The Chinchilla Botanic Parkland is a long-term vision, with total site development taking place over multiple stages in the next five to ten years.

Visit the Western Downs website for more information and a site map.



Ten Tips for Travelling in the Australian Outback


Ten Tips for Travelling in the Australian Outback

The Golden Australian Outback offers travellers everything from natural wonders (Uluru), to the historical (Bunda Cliffs), to the stuff of urban legends (Drop Bears).

In this post, we have 10 travel tips to ensure you get the best from your outback Australian experience – visual wonders, dirt roads and all.

1.       Take note of the road rules as many outback roads have their own ‘rules’. For example, it is expected that larger caravans will allow smaller vehicles to past them on the right hand shoulder. This is normally indicated with a flash of the headlights or a toot of the horn. Also remember a smiling face and polite hand gesture also goes a long way.

2.       Prior to your journey let someone know where you are headed, your expected stopovers and when you plan to get back. This way if anything goes unexpectedly wrong, friends back home can know your approximate location in order to notify help.

3.       Bring extra cash to cover water, food and petrol. You never know when you may have to drive an extra 100kms or stay an extra night, so it’s important to have backup cash (coins and notes) as a safety net.

4.       Preparation beats boredom. As anyone with experience will tell you, travelling long distances can quickly become tedious. Plan for this by bringing plenty of music, audio books or car games, which can keep you entertained for extended periods.

5.       Avoid driving into the night. Nothing is more dangerous then a tired driver, so limit any driving after sunset. The daylight will also help you steer clear of roaming animals.

6.       Be aware of the weather conditions and temperature changes on the days of your travel. The Australian Outback can be deceiving as it can get very hot very quickly (40 degrees hot!), yet as the sun sets the temperature also takes a dive. Do some research before your journey to ensure you have the appropriate clothing.

7.       Wear sensible shoes and comfortable clothes. If you plan on making plenty of stops, make sure you have a pair of shoes easily accessible; this way, you will not have to take on any rocks in thongs. Remember to be sun safe – wear sunscreen and hats.

8.       Don’t stray too far away from your vehicle. Walk around only when you intend to sight-see, or along a designated track. The outback sun works quickly, so keep plenty of water on hand when you are spending extended time away from your vehicle.

9.       Take your time exploring. Don’t breeze through the trip – take time to appreciate everything you see. Chances are you will not be back there anytime soon.

10.   Plan your trip ahead of time. The most important tip is to make sure that you know where you will be going and what you can expect to encounter. Research and be prepared.

Plan your Queensland Outback trip, and make sure you stay with us at Kings Park Accommodation along the way. Phone us today on 07 4662 7733 or email






Travel photographs are memories. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that take you back to a long-forgotten place.

Photography is a skill that takes time, effort, and practice to master. It’s also not a question of gear — great travel photography is very much about the photographer.

Here are 8 simple travel photography tips you need to take better pictures right away. If you follow these rules, you won’t go wrong!

1. Composition: Taking Pictures People REALLY Want

Patterns: the human brain is a sucker for them. We’re always looking for patterns — be they shapes in the clouds, symmetry in buildings, or colours that complement each other. There’s just something about a pattern that our brains love.

Understanding these patterns and what pleases the human brain is a nifty shortcut to taking better photos. And that’s what composition in photography is all about. Learn and apply the rules below, and you’ll start taking more photos that people will enjoy.

Before launching into them, though, some important basics. First, ensure that your camera is level. You don’t want wonky horizons. Your brain generally doesn’t like them; they’re the visual equivalent of nails on a chalkboard.

Next — stop moving. You want to be as still as possible when shooting to avoid blurry images. Hold your camera with both hands and be steady, or use a tripod.

2. The Rule of Thirds

One of the most important rules of composition is known as the rule of thirds.

I learned recently that this is based on how babies learn to identify their mothers’ faces, which can be split up into three parts, comprising the eyes, nose, and mouth.

The rule of thirds requires you to break an image into three equal parts either vertically, horizontally or both. The goal is to place key compositional elements into those thirds.

On your device, find the setting to enable a grid over the preview screen. Four lines will appear, two vertical and two horizontal.

3. Leading Lines

When composing a photograph, you want to make it as easy as possible for the person looking at it to figure out the subject and focus of the image.

One way to do this is with leading lines — the use of natural geography or other features that the viewer will naturally look at first and which will lead their eyes to the main subject.

Roads and railways are excellent as leading lines, particularly in big landscape shots.

4. Foreground, Midground, and Background

Have you ever taken a picture of a mountain or city skyline and then looked at it later and wondered why it doesn’t manage to convey the majesty of what you were looking at?

This is likely because your photograph is a two-dimensional image and you have lost the sense of scale that is apparent when you are present and in the moment.

When composing a shot — and this is particularly true for landscape photography — think about the different elements in the foreground, midground, and background of the shot.

When you are out and about in the world, think about everything around you. If you see a far-off mountain you want to shoot, look around and see if you can find something interesting in the foreground or midground to incorporate into the shot. If you’re near a river, maybe that could be a canoe. Elsewhere it could be a house. Or a group of sheep. Or a car starting to scale a winding road.

If you’re shooting a city scene, look at what is happening all around you. Street vendors, different modes of transport, and signs and storefronts can all be incorporated as foreground to provide context and scale for your city skyline or that interestingly shaped building.

If you can’t find something, be creative. Find someone to stand in your shot to provide that scale. If you’re travelling with a tripod, do what I did in that railway shot and use yourself as the subject. Just remember not to confuse your viewer too much with too many compositional elements, and keep it clear what the photo is of.

Thinking beyond the big background parts of the image and focusing on the smaller elements will help you create more balanced, pleasing images.

5. Framing

This compositional technique isn’t about hanging a picture in a frame; it’s about using what’s around you to “frame” the subject you are trying to capture, illustrating to the viewer what the shot is of and drawing their eyes into the scene.

When you have found your subject, look around to see if there’s a way you can frame it creatively. Some good options for framing include vegetation, like tree branches and trees, as well as doors and windows.

6. Focal Points

One way to be sure that people look at the part of the image you want them to look at is to have only that part of the image sharp and in focus and the rest blurry.

This is particularly effective for isolating people or animals in shots — take a look at wedding or sports photos of people, and you’ll see how often the subject of the shot is the only thing in focus.

To start with, you can achieve this effect with the “portrait” or “people” mode on your camera.

7. Use of Colour

Colour is really important in photography, particularly how different colours work well together. For example, blue works well with yellow (sunflowers in a field), and red works well with green (Christmas!).

To figure out which colours work well together, take a look at this colour wheel.

Generally, colours opposite each other on the wheel will complement each other. These colours don’t need to be evenly balanced in a shot — often images work best with a small percentage of one and a greater percentage of another.

When you are on your travels, keep an eye out for contrasting and complimentary colours that you can incorporate into your shots. Spice markets, old European cities, rural meadows, and old colourful barns in green fields are a great place to start.

8. Storytelling

Remember that when you are taking a picture, you have all the background and surrounding knowledge of your trip in your mind. When you look at the image later, all of that will come back to you.

No one else has that advantage. To them, that shot of a waterfall is just that — a shot of a waterfall. The story of the five-hour hike there through a leech-infested jungle? Lost. The feeling of how refreshing it was on your skin when you took the plunge in to cool off? Also gone. It’s just a two-dimensional image on a screen, likely quickly flicked by to be replaced by the next image in the stream.

It’s your job to bring all that lost context to life.

We’re often told that a photograph is worth a thousand words. As a photographer, it’s your job to convey those words. Figure out how to tell that story with your image. Get the shots that pull your viewers into your stories. Use emotion, find and freeze moments, and incorporate the human element so your shots resonate with your viewers.

Spend time thinking about the shot you are trying to create, the moment you are trying to capture, and the story you are trying to tell your viewer. Put yourself into their shoes, imagine you are going to be looking at the shot with no other context, and try to build the shot from there.

Practice makes perfect – and travel photography is no different in this regard! The more photos you take, the more you will learn how to compose and capture great shots. While reading some travel photography tips will definitely help, the key is to actually go out in the world and practice them. The more you practice, the faster this will all become second nature. It won’t happen overnight, but over time your skills will improve — I promise!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start taking some photos!


National Parks and Botanic Gardens


National Parks and Botanic Gardens

The Western Downs region has access to unique national parks and botanic gardens where you can experience the natural beauty of our special part of Queensland. We are home to the world famous bunya pine as well as one of Queensland’s unique botanic gardens that contains many of Australia’s botanical treasures.

Located within a two hour drive from Chinchilla is the Bunya Mountains National Park. Declared a National Park in 1908, the Bunya Mountains is the world’s largest remaining bunya pine rainforest and is linked to the Jurassic era. Until the late 1800s, Aboriginal people travelled up the mountain during bunya nut season to feast and celebrate. Notches still mark the tree trunks where young men cut footholds with stone axes to scale the trees and bring down bunya nuts.

Only an hours drive from Chinchilla is Lake Broadwater Conservation Park. Lake Broadwater is a natural lake 27km south-west of Dalby. Surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow woodland, it is a refuge for our waterbirds and native wildlife. Bring your friends and family here for picnics and relax under the shady river red and blue gums on the shores of the lake.

Another drive under 2-hours from Chinchilla is the Myall Park Botanic Gardens, Glenmorgan. This internationally recognised botanic garden was established in the 1940’s and is located 7km outside the town of Glenmorgan. Focusing on arid and semi-arid plant species, the collection was the vision of Mr David Gordon (1899-2001) and was developed during the wool boom years when Mr Gordon sent collectors across Australia to source plant propagation material. Walking trails, day trips, campers and caravans are welcome.

Here at Kings Park Accommodation we recommend making a weekend of it, and booking our Botanical Gardens package to explore these gorgeous National Parks and Gardens at your own pace. To book contact us on 07 4662 7733 or click here.