Starry night din­ner at Big Skies

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NOTH­ING beats din­ner cooked on a bed of hot coals un­der a night sky filled with stars, es­pe­cially when a pro­fes­sional is do­ing the cook­ing.

Guests at the in­au­gu­ral Big Skies Fes­ti­val 2018 will be treated to din­ner with a dif­fer­ence on Thurs­day and Fri­day, May 3–4, in the grounds of the stun­ning Jim­bour House.

The Camp Oven Ex­pe­ri­ence will de­light visi­tors and lo­cals with cui­sine pre­pared in tra­di­tional cast-iron camp ovens over a coal fire.

Michael Patch, who will dish up the Big Skies camp oven fare, said the evenings were a great chance for peo­ple to take a seat un­der the stars and see first-hand how a camp oven was pre­pared.

“It’s a re­ally fam­ily friendly event and it’s great for peo­ple to see us pre­par­ing coals for the cook­ing fire and see this iconic Aussie bush way of cook­ing,” he said.

“We have a re­ally hearty menu across the two nights, which in­cludes roast pork; roast beef and veg­eta­bles; beef stew; beef curry and rice and, of course, some de­li­cious desserts of sticky date pud­ding and boiled plum pud­ding with cus­tard.”

Seat­ing is pro­vided for camp oven guests, and book­ings are es­sen­tial.

Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil­lor Donna Ashurst said the chance to camp out at Jim­bour Sta­tion and see the homestead play host was an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed.

“It re­ally is in­cred­i­ble out here on the grounds of Jim­bour House, it’s one of the true his­tor­i­cal man­sions of the colo­nial days, and it draws peo­ple from all over the coun­try to ex­pe­ri­ence it,” she said.

“Camp­ing out un­der the open, starry skies of the Western Downs and eat­ing din­ner cooked over the campfire isn’t a mem­ory you’ll for­get in a hurry.”

“There’s some­thing spe­cial about wind­ing down and tak­ing time out to stop and en­joy the mo­ment.”

Big Skies Fes­ti­val of­fers camp­ing at Jim­bour Sta­tion for up to 10 nights, al­low­ing visi­tors take their time ex­plor­ing the lo­cal re­gion and soak­ing up the at­mos­phere of Big Skies coun­try.

Car­a­van and tent sites will be avail­able to ac­com­mo­date both short and long term camp­ing, with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions around the fes­ti­val and the lo­cal re­gion to keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained.

To book your stay and check out events held across the Big Skies fes­ti­val go to

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