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Chinchilla - Cities, Towns and Localities


‘Melon Capital of Australia’

Chinchilla is a small town on the western extent of the Darling Downs region in Queensland. Largely reliant on primary production that include agriculture, beef, pork, wool, horticulture and timber, melons is also one of the regions crops, whether it's watermelons, rock melons, or dew melons. If you buy one at your local fruiterer you can nearly be sure it comes from this town, with some 25% of Australia's melon crop being grown in Chinchilla.

Each year they have their Melon Festival with you guessed it a Big Melon competition. There are many other competitions again featuring melons. The festival has become a runaway success and given the town a reputation for fun and friendliness to tourists coming to experience this festival with a difference.
 

The name Chinchilla is believed to have come from the word ‘Jinchilla’ an aboriginal word for Cypress Pine this termite resistant timber grows locally around the region.

Another item of interest is the rare and beautiful White Gum tree (Eucalyptus argophloia) which has only ever been found around Chinchilla, sping brings a profusion of flowers to this native tree.

The former Chinchilla Shire covers an area 300 km west of Brisbane. The Warrego Highway traverses the lush and productive Darling Downs region, carrying the traveller to this warm and friendly township and then runs on to the great expanse of Western Queensland - the legendary ‘Outback’. The Condamine River flows nearby and is popular with the locals for fishing.

Check out our listing of Chinchilla accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre
Chinchilla Street
CHINCHILLA QLD 4413
Ph: 07 4668 9564
Open
Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day (morning)
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Chinchilla Attractions

Boonargo Cactoblastis Hall
10 km east of Chinchilla on the Warrego Highway is the hall built by local farmers to honour the cactoblastis moth and larva from South America that was bred and distributed in Chinchilla and distributed throughout Australia to combat the cactus commonly known as Prickly Pear which had overrun approximately 24 million hectares of inland Australia.
Chinchilla Folk Museum
One of the most extensive rural museums in Queensland in terms of the variety of steam engines and other transport and industrial items on display and working. The museum is also home to a photocopy of the first QANTAS air ticket ever issued. The original one is located in a vault in the nearby bank.
Petrified Wood
Examples of fossilised can be found right in the centre of town at the central park. The wood is commonly known as Chinchilla Red contact the Tourist Information Centre for more information.

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Chinchilla Events

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Chinchilla Melon Festival
• Biennially in February
Known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, Chinchilla produces a quarter of Australia’s melons and celebrates the fact in their biennially Melon Festival. Join with the locals for some hilarious fun and festivities as events, such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon bungee, melon bullseye, pip spitting and melon tossing, get into full throw.

There’s back-to-back entertainment for the whole family with markets, a street parade, arts and crafts, a poets breakfast, luncheons, free concerts, and loads more over the week.  So pull on some old clothes and take to the streets that are awash with melon mayhem. But be warned. You might end up in a very sticky situation.

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Chinchilla Distance

Distance to Chinchilla
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Chinchilla:
  Km
Bell 99
Brisbane 290
Dalby 82
Esk 232
Kingaroy 155
  Km
Miles 46
Roma 186
St George 303
Taroom 174
Toowoomba 165
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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