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Chinchilla

Just over three hours drive from Brisbane along the Warrego Highway, you will come across the friendly town of Chinchilla. Chinchilla is known as the ムMelon Capital' of Australia and biennially the fun and amusing Melon Festival is held in town. In fact 25 per cent of Australia's total watermelon crop is produced here. Chinchilla has many sporting clubs, facilities and fishing spots, with Chinchilla Weir a great venue for water sports. The name Chinchilla is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal word for cypress pine: ムJinchilla'. The town itself is still noted for its supply of cypress pine, a termite resistant building material. A monument erected in explorer Ludwig Leichhardt's honour can be seen in the Pioneer Cemetery on the highway through town. Chinchilla is renowned for the quality of its petrified wood, known as ムChinchilla Red'. Make your way to the Tourist Information Centre for a fossicking licence.

Chinchilla

Chinchilla: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Lapunyah Art Gallery


The Lapunyah Art Gallery is a volunteer-run gallery presenting touring exhibitions and artworks from local and visiting artists. Entry is free to all. Activities at the gallery include up to 20 exhibitions per year, official exhibition previews, Artist's Walks, guided tours for community groups and schools, arts and crafts workshops for children and artists, two gallery spaces, arts and crafts for sale, and information sharing about the arts in the local community.

The Gallery holds an annual visual arts competition in February. Please visit the Lapunyah 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: 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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