Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia and is located approximately 210 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane at the junction of the Warrego, Moonie and Bunya Highways.
Dalby is the administrative centre of the Wambo Shire, and local government for the town is provided by the Dalby Town Council. It is estimated the town population is around 13,000 according to the latest census. Wambo Shire’s population is estimated at a little over 15,000.
The name of the town is believed to come from the town of Dalby, Isle of Man and reflects immigration from the Isle of Man in the mid nineteenth century.
Situated on the rich soils of the Darling Downs, Dalby is just 211 km north west of Brisbane and is at the crossroads to Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Roma, Mundubbera and Goondiwindi.
Dalby and the surrounding Wambo Shire is is at the centre of rich coal and natural gas reserves which underpin the power generation industry for SE Qld. The region is renowned as a rich agricultural area, growing crops such as cotton, sorghum, wheat, barley, sunflowers, chickpeas, mung beans and corn, as well as the production of lamb, beef and pork. Diversification into the fish, hemp and native flower markets has occurred in recent times.