Traveling west after Chinchilla along the Warrego Hgy the town of Miles is encountered. Miles is also due south of Wandoan, our last Leichardt Hgy town. Miles, after all of the other smaller communities after Emerald is a big change.
Formerly known as Dogwood Crossing, the town is situated on Dogwood Creek, named by German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt in 1844. The town was renamed Miles in honour of the Queensland Colonial Secretary, William Miles
The economy of Miles is based mainly on agriculture and cropping, producing wheat, sorghum, barley and cotton. Timber production is another area of economic activity and in common with much of Western Queensland, cattle and sheep grazing, including feedlots is widespread.
In addition, a mining industry utilising rich deposits of bentonite clay is developing.