About Tara

Tara has a vibrant rural lifestyle and is well known as a cattle and sheep grazing area. This quaint town has a warm, friendly atmosphere and the locals are always willing to stop and have a chat. The Town has essential services, a hospital, primary school, catholic primary school, high school and a top class retirement village with independent units.

If you are in town during a national sheepdog trial, shearing competition, rodeo, polo cross, country show or race meeting, dont miss the chance to enjoy this great country entertainment. Taras Biannual Camel Races & Multicultural Festival brings thousands to the town for an event that is truly worth travelling for.

You can relax with the more traditional recreational activities such as fishing, golf and bowls. Visitors to Tara will be amazed by the impressive collection of rare native parrots.Or perhaps you will discover Taras unique talent, internationally acclaimed resident artist Barbara Geisel and her collection of world famous wool paintings.

Native flora and fauna displays are abundant throughout the Shire, and among these you can spot some rare species. The eastern third of the Shire also supports Queenslands best examples of ironbark, spotted gum and cypress pine trees.

Tara Shire is well known for having one of the largest rural subdivisions in the state, with 13 to 40 hectare properties. This has attracted many new residents who appreciate the space and freedom owning a piece of bush brings. Riding motorbikes, camp fires and the like are well appreciated by the city folk who have made the tree change and have introduced many interesting skills and trades. Today, some of the unusual produce in the Shires diverse primary production includes ostriches, emus, red claw crayfish and mohair goats.

Tara Historical Society Museum has a vast display of bottles, sheep drenching guns, furniture from the original Court House, relics from the first township of Southwood and photographs dating back to the late 1800s.