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Located 20 minutes west of Toowoomba, Oakey offers teachers and their families the perfect place to grow, with a real country experience and genuine country hospitality. This great little town has a big heart and prides itself on being friendly and welcoming to newcomers. You’ll find everything you need in the town including grocery shops, restaurants, cafes, newsagents, hairdressers, post office and much more.
Learn more about what it’s like to live in Oakey on the
Toowoomba Regional Council website.
Oakey State School offers students and teachers a supportive and future-oriented learning environment sustained by quality teaching practices, experienced staff and modern, well-resourced facilities. Teachers at the school incorporate the best of traditional, well-proven techniques with up-to-date, modern practices and resources. Their Special Education Program (SEP) offers an alternate learning program for children from within the school, and others throughout the Oakey Cluster.
Oakey State High School is a rural school with great student and staff spirit and a wonderful sense of community directed at getting the best outcomes for the young people of Oakey and its surrounding districts. Its staff are passionate about catering for the individual needs, abilities and interests of our students and provide a disciplined and focused learning environment.
Oakey fun fact
Oakey is the birthplace of Bernborough, one of Australia’s most famous racehorses who competed from 1941 to 1946. You’ll find a life-size bronze statue commemorating Bernborough located outside of the council centre in Oakey.
Head north-west along the Warrego Highway from Toowoomba and you’ll stumble upon the vibrant regional hub of Dalby. This pretty little town in the Western Downs comes complete with wide streets, manicured gardens, an attractive park in the centre of town, a bustling main street and a welcoming community. It’s also a great place to get back to nature, with pleasant picnic spots beside the river and its proximity to the pristine Bunya Mountains National Park and Lake Broadwater Conservation Park. On your weekends, take a drive to explore your new local area with the Bunya Mountains Drive, Lake Broadwater Drive, Warra Drive and Dingo Barrier Fence Drive. Check out the
Southern Queensland Country website for 10 other things you can do in your spare time when you teach in Dalby.
To find out what it’s like to live in this community, check out the
Western Downs Regional Council’s welcome guide (PDF, 10.2MB).
Dalby State School and
Dalby South State School are the 2 local primary schools in town. Both schools support students from Dalby and surrounding areas and provide quality learning experiences for their students. Their teachers and school leaders set high standards and are passionate about ensuring that the Prep to Year 6 students of Dalby are set up for success as they enter their secondary schooling.
Dalby State High School is recognised as one of Queensland’s most innovative and progressive secondary schools. This reputation comes from a stimulating, well-ordered, safe and supportive environment. The school boasts a Trade Training Centre, Languages Centre, science block, dramatic arts space and a farm (known as the Bunya boarding campus), which provides students a high-quality and modern teaching and learning experience for its students and teachers. In 2018, they were nominated for the Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education. Learn more about their nomination for their work at the Bunya campus on
Dalby fun fact
Originally home to the Barungam Aboriginal people, the town was named as The Crossing in 1841, as the point where Myall Creek could be crossed. It was then renamed as Dalby in 1853 by the surveyer, Captain Samuel Perry, allegedly after the tiny village of the same name located on the west coast of the Isle of Man in Scotland.