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A local’s guide to Tara

A local’s guide to Tara

Only 3.5 hours from Brisbane, you’ll find yourself in camel country – aka Tara. Home to Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races, this town of about 2000 people sure know how to draw a crowd, with 16,000 festival attendees descending on the town this August. Don’t dismiss Tara as an August-only destination though – there is always something on the go.


West of the Great Dividing Range, hearty meals are the bread and butter of the locals. You can stop anywhere in Tara for a nourishing bite to eat, but if you’re looking for lunch that will last you until dinner, drop into the Tara Cafe in Day Street. This cafe is the jack of all trades, combining a lolly shop, bakery, and roadhouse all in one, where you can order a mega breaky or hamburger for lunch, and a bag of goodies for dessert. For dinner during the week, a classic steak or parmy is on the menu at the Commercial Hotel, and on a Friday and Saturday night.


When you’re not hoeing into a steak or sinking a coldie at the pub, Tara locals like to keep active, and there’s plenty of ways visitors can join in. Every afternoon there’s a sport to be played, with tennis courts, golf course and of course the bowls club, in town.

Looking for a spectator sport? Kick your Sunday afternoon into overdrive and hit the road along the Sunset Way. Starting in Tara and finishing in Surat, there’s four hours of picturesque highway, with four towns sprinkled in between.

You don’t have to tackle the entire trip in one go either, take a return trip from Tara to either Glenmorgan, Meandarra, Hannaford, or The Gums.

Best spot for sunset

When a town is known as the start of Queensland’s Sunset Way, you know there’ll be plenty of places competing for top sunset spot (Tara Lagoon for one).

Believe it or not, the Moonie Highway, about four kilometres from Tara along the eastern entrance to town, holds one of the best sunset views in town. Pull over (safely!) on the side of the highway and take a moment to soak up the candy-coloured skies that are only interrupted by the town’s water tower and silos, lit up by the sun’s rays.

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