Chinchilla

Known for its quirky and fun-filled biennial Melon Festival, Chinchilla is a vibrant country town in the heart of the Western Downs. But don’t be fooled by this small town’s size, it belies its population with the quantity of produce grown in the region. In fact, Chinchilla produces 25% of Australia’s watermelons. Try your luck fossicking for petrified wood or wander the shady tree-lined main street. Visit nearby country townships of Brigalow, named after the local brigalow trees and Kogan with its public artworks and sculptures that have added vital history to the local area.

Experience Chinchilla

Check out the melon capital of Australia – start with a selfie with The Big Melon, continue on with a stroll down the Camphor Laurel tree-lined main street and finish at the Chinchilla Weir – a freshwater playground.

History & Heritage

History & Heritage

Discover an old world at the Chinchilla Historical Museum and experience the town just as it was in its pioneering days. Explore the old dancing hall (Goombi Hall), an ANZAC memorial, exhibition school classrooms, workshops and homesteads. Try your luck fossicking for the rare ‘Chinchilla Red’ petrified wood. The town has one of Australia’s best and most abundant stocks of the fossilised ancient wood.

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Self Drives

Self Drives

You don’t have to head out of town to get your nature fix in Chinchilla. Take a stroll along Charley’s Creek Track, winding your way across town. Here you can stroll through bushland and alongside the creek, passing the back of Centennial Park where you’ll find picnic areas framing grass fields.

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For the Kids

For the Kids

Experience Western Downs and enjoy family time. We’ve got you covered from a selfie at The Big Melon to a festival of Big Skies and all things in between. Try your hand at fossicking or pitch a tent, drop a line and roast a marshmallow.

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Fishing

Fishing

The fish are always biting in Chinchilla, when you know where to go. Head to the inland fishing oasis, the Chinchilla Weir – and don’t forget to pack your line and bait. Set up camp along the banks of the weir and cast off to hook a Murray cod, perch, or catfish and while away the afternoon.

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Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Visit the Lapunyah Art Gallery and explore contemporary and traditional artwork across their two gallery spaces. Entirely managed by volunteers, the art gallery displays up to 20 exhibitions every year with a strong focus on exhibiting local artists. Then, observe the shelves-upon-shelves of petrified wood at the Chinchilla Historical Museum and purchase smaller pieces at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre.

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Nature

Nature

Work up an appetite and wander the 4.2 hectares of Australia’s Park of the Year for 2020 – the Chinchilla Botanic Parkland that’s aptly themed around Chinchilla’s watermelon fame. Then meander along Charley’s Creek Walk, enjoy water sports at the Chinchilla Weir and choose your picnic location: double back to sit by the peaceful weir, lounge in the museum grounds or be surrounded by nature in the Botanic Parkland

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Chinchilla Surroundings

Brigalow

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
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.

Kogan

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
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!

Stay in Chinchilla

Camping & Caravaning

Camping & Caravaning

Spend time in nature as you camp or caravan. Spend your days, strolling the town’s walking trails and soak in the atmosphere, go bird spotting or drop a line to reel in the catch of the day.

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Farm Stays & Retreat

Farm Stays & Retreat

The Western Downs offers a variety of welcoming boutique & rural retreats that provide an authentic experience of life on the land.

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Hotels & Motels

Hotels & Motels

The Western Downs has no shortage of room nights across its hotels and motels if camping isn’t your style. From boutique accommodation to villas, you’ll find somewhere to rest your weary bones after a day of exploring.

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