Chinchilla

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Situated 81-kilometres west of Dalby along the Warrego Highway in the Darling Downs is the Melon capital of Australia, Chinchilla – producing 25 per cent of the country’s watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons. It’s no wonder why there’s fruit spare for the annual melon skiing, bungee and pip spitting competitions held every second February.

Visitors also flock to Chinchilla by the dozen to try their hand at fossicking the Chinchilla Red petrified wood. Licences can be purchased from the visitor information centre, where you’re encouraged to settle in with a Devonshire tea and freshly-made scones on the verandah.

Stroll the main street lined in native cypress pines and dabble in the nearby cultural centre, art gallery and historical museum loaded with steam engines and saw mill artefacts. Step it up a notch on the local bushwalking trails and tourist district drives, detouring along sidetracks lined in unique Chinchilla White Gum (Eucalyptus argophloia).

Experience the night sky and stars from within a swag on the banks of the Condamine River and Charleys Creek, and throw a fishing line at the Chinchilla Weir for (almost) guaranteed freshwater golden perch and jewfish.

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Kings Park Accommodation, Chinchilla

Kings Park Accommodation

Chinchilla, Western Downs

Nearby Things to Do

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Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery

Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery

Chinchilla, Western Downs

Soldier Statue Memorial, Chinchilla

Soldier Statue Memorial, Chinchilla

Chinchilla, Western Downs

The buildings at Chinchilla Historical Museum include Goombi Hall, the Emmerson Building, the authentic slab hut, Wongongera Cottage, a blacksmith shop and the old jail

Chinchilla Historical Museum

Chinchilla, Western Downs