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Chinchilla and Surrounds

Famous for its quirky and fun-filled biennial Melon Festival, Chinchilla is a vibrant country town in the heart of the Western Downs. Picnic by the peaceful weir or in the museum grounds or at the Botanic Parkland. Try your luck fossicking for petrified wood or wander the shady tree-lined main street. Visit nearby country townships of Brigalow and Kogan that have added vital history to our local area.

Named for the Aboriginal word ‘jinchilla’, the cypress pine which grows on the Western Downs, Chinchilla is a thriving community offering much to see and do.


Join visitors from all over Australia at the Melon Festival every second February.  Have your photo taken in front of the “Big Watermelon” and then wander around the Botanical Parkland themed around its watermelon fame on 4.2 hectares of gardens and diverse flora.

Try your luck fossicking for the rare ‘Chinchilla Red’ petrified wood. Don’t forget to buy a fossicking licence (and access fees) from the visitor centre – plus bring your hat, water, pick and shovel!

Meander along Charley’s Creek Walk, enjoy a BBQ and water sports at the Chinchilla Weir and don’t miss the Chinchilla Historical Museum.

Take a relaxing stroll down our Camphor Laurel tree-lined main street, featuring our retail and cultural precincts. Adjacent to Fuller Place is the Lapunyah Art Gallery, Ironbark Cinema and public library.

Grab a copy of our Explore Chinchilla, available at our friendly Visitor Information Centres or visit your Chinchilla Guide: 9 Things to do in the Watermelon Capital.  


The small settlement of Brigalow lies 20km east of Chinchilla on the Warrego Highway.
A sentry of grain silos signals the town, which was named for the brigalow tree that grows in the area’s fertile black soil.


Tuck into an all day breakfast or famous Brigalow Burger from the Brigalow General Store.

In summer, buy just-picked fresh melons and pumpkins at our roadside farm gate.

Wander the peaceful Brigalow Lutheran Cemetery, where many of our pioneering German ancestors lie.


With a colourful history as an old droving centre and home to famous Australian artist Hugh Sawrey, Kogan is now dominated by the Kogan Creek Power Station, a 750 megawatt coal-fired power station.


Enjoy the public artworks and medal sculptures made by local artists in the gardens of the Q150 Hugh Sawrey Walkway.

Visit the power station’s viewing platform midway between Brigalow and Kogan. It’s a spectacular sight, particularly at night!


For more information on experiencing the Western Downs contact one of our friendly Visitor Information Centres
Ph: 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)
(07) 4679 4000 for interstate callers or email:

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