Festival Offers Backyard View to Bush Life

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Local residents in the country town of Miles in Queensland, are calling their city cousins to get “back to the bush” this September, with a rare opportunity to experience country life.

Local residents will literally welcome visitors for a backyard experience of life in the bush, opening their homes and yards for a unique peek at their personal collections.

The Back to the Bush Festival will be an electic mix of vintage and country lifestyle, with a 4-day program from 6 to 9 September, to welcome visitors on tours to the seasonal wildflower fields, 4WDriving, tag-along creek side fishing and local farm tours.

The Festival’s Collections Tour is a ‘one of a kind’ experience and serves to reveal that the town’s famed tourist spot, the Miles Historical Village, truly fits its home in a population that treasures vintage collections.

Festival President and local resident, Rachel Kerwick explains, “joining the fun across the rest of the town, our Miles Historical Village will be a special back-drop to some old time bush activities during the Festival, like quart-pot boiling, the ‘Condamine Bell Toss’, a few laughs with the ‘Kookaburra Call’ and heritage craftsmanship displays.” “We’ll also have our guest Antique & Collectables expert onsite, sharing insights and giving appraisals of people’s own treasures. Any visitor can bring along an interesting item and they could learn more of about it’s history or it’s value – so we encourage visitors to dig out their interesting items and bring them along to the Festival for a bit of a roadshow style encounter,” Rachel invites.

The Festival’s roots stem back to the 1950’s with the original Miles Wildflower Festival. The modern day Miles Back to the Bush Festival still invites travellers for a stunning wander through the wildflowers, as self-drive or tag-a-long tours during the Festival guide travellers to the most impressive spots to see the landscape blanketed in delicate spring wildflowers during the Festival.    

In 2018 the bi-ennial Festival takes on a fresh new look and a new name, as it invites the community to take a more hands on involvement, making the event reflect even more the interests and bush lifestyle of the local residents. The Festival is carving out a unique offering amongst tourism events, with a focus on locals guiding visitors on experiential activities – all in a celebration of life in the bush.

Home to just 1,200 people, Miles is located in Queensland’s Western Downs, just 2 ½ hours west of Toowoomba and on the cross roads of the Warrego Way and the Leichhardt Highway.

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