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Chinchilla

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.

Chinchilla

Chinchilla: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery


The Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery is a community-run gallery presenting touring exhibitions and artworks from local and visiting artists. Entry is free to all. Activities at the gallery include monthly exhibitions, official exhibition previews, guided tours for community groups and schools, arts and crafts for kids, workshops for artists, a Teen Art Gallery, arts and crafts for sale, and information sharing about the arts in the local community.

Kids' Creative Corner provides free art activities for younger children and their parents/carers; while every Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:15pm 'Arts on The Grass' is presented for primary school children. The Gallery holds an annual visual arts competition in February. Please visit the White Gums Art Gallery Facebook page for details of current exhibitions and events.




80-86 Heeney Street
Chinchilla, QLD, 4413

Located 0.1K from Chinchilla

Soldier Statue Memorial, Chinchilla


Chinchilla's soldier statue on the northern Darling Downs, 1 of 55 surviving soldier statues in Queensland, has had its share of wars on home soil.

Governor Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams unveiled the AL Petrie-made memorial on 30 January 1919, originally in a small memorial park in Chinchilla Street, near the footbridge over the railway line.

Vandalism damaged this symbol of nationalistic pride, youth, innocence, loyalty and bravery.

In 1977, the statue was removed and separated from its pedestal and base. Part of the pedestal was re-erected and an obelisk added in front of the Chinchilla Civic Centre: this was rededicated in 1979.

The Women's Auxiliary of Chinchilla's RSL sub-branch raised funds for the damaged soldier statue to be restored. It was re-erected in front of the RSL hall further down Heeny Street in 1992.




57 Heeney Street
Chinchilla, QLD, 4413

Located 0.4K from Chinchilla

Chinchilla Historical Museum


Come and enjoy an 'old time' experience for the whole family. Chinchilla Museum offers insight into the unusual - a fascinating glimpse into a district rich in cattle, grain, sheep and timber, and more recently melons, grapes, stone fruits and vegetables.

Chinchilla Museum has a fine collection, including a non-working replica of a 1910 steam sawmill, steam engines, vintage cars, period costumes and historical relics. The buildings include Goombi Hall, the Emmerson Building, the authentic slab hut, Wongongera Cottage, a blacksmith shop and the old jail. Why not browse through the Kathleen Emmerson Memorial Library and discover some fascinating history?

Buildings from early village times have been re-erected on the grounds and add to the historical atmosphere. In recent times, the original Chinchilla School with school rolls and school memorabilia including all country schools information has been added.

Other key displays include:

Cypress Pine Centre, which tells the story of the saw milling industry that established the town
The Green Plague exhibit, explaining the devastation caused by the Prickly Pear cactus; and
The Melon Festival display, celebrating Chinchilla as Australia's 'melon capital'.

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Villiers Street
Chinchilla, QLD, 4413

Located 0.6K from Chinchilla

Auburn River National Park


In Auburn River National Park, the spectacular Auburn River flows over huge salmon-coloured boulders as it courses through a steep-sided granite gorge. Look up along the clifftops for the nesting peregrine falcons. The forest and waterholes are also good spots for birdwatching. Weeping red bottlebrushes contrast with dark green of stunted figs and flowering tea-trees along the creek. In spring, there are wildflowers to admire. A 600 metre (return) walking track leads to a lookout far above the river. Take the 3.2 kilometre (return) gentle walk along the top of the gorge above the river. Another quite strenuous trail winds down the side of the gorge to the river (1.5 kilometre return).




Auburn River National Park
Auburn, QLD, 4412

Located 22.8K from Chinchilla

Chinchilla: Events

Chinchilla Melon Festival


A celebration of all things melon and a tribute to our town's melon farming reputation, the Chinchilla Melon Festival has become a renowned Queensland event. Held in February every second year, the festival encompasses a week of activities with the highlight being the classic Family Fun Day and colourful street parade. If you've never skied on watermelons or attempted a melon bungee, then you need to put the Chinchilla Melon Festival at the top of your to-do list!

To learn more about this quirky and iconic festival, please visit the web site or contact the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre.


Event Dates
2017
      9th Feb
      10th Feb
      11th Feb
      12th Feb
      16th Feb
      17th Feb
      18th Feb
      19th Feb


Heeney Street,
plus surrounds
Chinchilla, QLD, 4413

Located 0.0K from Chinchilla

Chinchilla: Travel Tips

Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre


The Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. The Centre sells cold drinks, souvenirs, locally grafted gifts and provides free Wi-Fi internet access.

Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Centre can provide local advice on the things to see and do, the best attractions to explore and local happenings. Relax on the veranda with a Devonshire tea, complete with freshly baked home-made scones, while you plan your trip through the Chinchilla district.

The Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre is located on the Warrego Highway, with easy off street parking for vehicles of all sizes and free potable water for your RV. A fully fenced children's playground, toilets, picnic tables and barbecue facilities are all nearby. Their parkland area plays host to monthly country markets.




Warrego Highway
Chinchilla, QLD, 4413

Located 0.3K from Chinchilla

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