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The Big Melon

History of the Big Melon

Weighing more than four tonnes and measuring three metre high and nine metres wide, the bright pink watermelon slice stands pride of place on the Warrego Highway, in Chinchilla.

To celebrate their 18th birthday, Wotif, a national online travel company, launched a competition to build Australia’s next “Big Thing”.

Chinchilla, which boasts the title of being the ‘Melon Capital of Australia’ for its history and suitability for melon farming and also the exciting biennial Melon Festival, entered a bid for a Big Melon slice which beat three other finalists for the creation of an over-sized tourist attraction!

The giant slice was officially unveiled by Mayor Paul McVeigh and Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch in November 2018.

Experience Western Downs

Make sure you grab a selfie in front of this impressive attraction and hastag your photo #ExperienceWesternDowns


While You're Here:

Call in at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre (located next to the Big Melon) to discover what exciting things are happening in Chinchilla and surrounding areas.

Cross the tracks and explore the award-winning Chinchilla Botanic Parkland (150m South East of the Big Melon).

Chinchilla Botanic ParklandChinchilla Botanic Parkland – Water Play Area


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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