things to do in Chinchilla

Located approximately 2 hours drive west of Toowoomba, Chinchilla is a quiet country town renown for holding the title of the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia. This region produces around 25% of the nation’s watermelon crops, an achievement celebrated at the biennial Chinchilla Melon Festival and through various melon-themed features around the town. However there is more than just melons for things to do in Chinchilla, making it a perfect stopover or day trip for travelling families!

 

The Big Melon

In 2018, Chinchilla won The Big Melon in Wotif’s national campaign for Australia’s ‘Next Big Thing’. Taking pride of place beside the Visitor Centre, you can pose for snaps with this 8-metre long slice of melon.

Address: Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Cost: Free!

 

Chinchilla Botanic Parkland

things to do in Chinchilla

Newly opened earlier this year, the Chinchilla Botantic Parkland is the result of a vision to create a space for the whole community to enjoy. Cool down in the water play area – including a giant watermelon tipping bucket – and scale the rock climbing wall, learn more about Chinchilla’s railway history, agriculture and local Aboriginal culture, or enjoy a picnic while the kids run and play.

Address: Canaga St, Chinchilla
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Cost: Free!

 

Chinchilla Historical Museum

The Chinchilla Historical Museum is home to a collection of historical artefacts from Chinchilla and the surrounding area. Learn more about the prickly pear menace and the area’s petrifed wood, view a range of transport and machinery from times gone by, and explore the historical buildings. If you happen to be visiting on the first Sunday of the month, bring the kids down for a ride on the Mini Rail!

Address: 17-33 Villiers St, Chinchilla
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm, Thursday to Monday. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
Cost: $12 for a family.

 

Fishing, watersports, bushwalking and fossicking

There are a range of outdoor acitivities and things to do in Chinchilla and it’s surrounds!

The Chinchilla Weir is a popular location for fishing and watersports. More fishing spots can be found along the Condamine River, just head into the Visitor Centre for a map and tips.

Barakula State Forest is located 45kms north of Chinchilla, and is Queensland’s largest state forest. Here you can enjoy camping, bike and horse riding, and wildlife viewing.

Archer’s Crossing is another recreational area 25kms south-east of Chinchilla, popular for camping, fishing and picnics.

Try your hand at fossicking for Chinchilla Red petrified wood, with licences and info available from the Visitor Information Centre.

 

Chinchilla accommodation

There is a range of accommodation options available in town, including caravan parks, hotels and BnB accommodation. Booking.com has a list of properties available.

Chinchilla free camping is available at the Chinchilla Weir and Archer’s Crossing. Paid caravan and camping is available in town at the caravan park and the showgrounds, or Dogwood Creek camping area in the Barakula State Forest.

 

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Feel like going for a drive? Check out the historic Jimbour House!

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