South West Queensland is known for fine wines, fresh produce and stunning wildflowers. The region covers nearly 400,000 km2, stretching from the Great Dividing Range to the South Australian border.

There are three distinct subregions:

  • the Darling Downs,
  • Maranoa
  • and South West.

Economy

South West Queensland and the Darling Downs produces around a third of Queensland’s agricultural output and is a major area for cotton and beef. Mining, construction, manufacturing, health care and transport are all large employers in the South West and the Darling Downs.

Major projects

  • Toowomba’s second range crossing – 41 km of road
  • New Acland coal mine expansion (35 km north west of Toowoomba)
  • BOC Chinchilla micro-LNG plant
  • Wandoan Elimatta Project
  • SunState GTL Project GTL plant
  • Charlton Wellcamp – Business park incorporating the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport

Regional strengths

Horticulture
Food manufacturing
Construction
Livestock
Grains & Pulses
Education
Mining

 

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Market Profile Darling Downs

Market Profile Darling Downs

December 13, 2016

Located within Queensland’s Darling Downs, 125km west of Brisbane, Toowoomba and the surrounding region are recognised as Australia’s second-largest agricultural production area. Toowoomba has recently become the service centre for Coal Seam Gas projects located in the nearby Surat Basin, defining the region as an emerging resource and energy hub.

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