The peaceful and scenic town of Chinchilla in the Darling Downs region of Queensland is well known for its agricultural roots and melon festivals. Since the town is ideally situated along the Warrego Highway, a popular tourist route leading west to Charleville, many travelers enjoy visiting the town's unique attractions, events and festivals. The town can also easily be reached by using Adagold Aviation services.
Former bank at Chinchilla
Trinity Lutheran church at Chinchilla
Chinchilla Tourist Information Centre When arriving into Chinchilla, a recommended first stop is at the Chinchilla Tourist Information Centre. This tourist facility, situated opposite the historical Pioneer Cemetery, is staffed by friendly volunteers who are delighted to help visitors plan their time in the area. In addition, the Chinchilla Tourist Information Centre often has local crafts and products for sale, as well as maps and other information about Chinchilla.
Court house at Chinchilla
Chinchilla Historical Museum The Chinchilla Historical Museum is a museum dedicated to Chinchilla's natural resources and offers various displays showcasing the town's farming and local industry. The museum's major displays include the Green Plague exhibit, which explains the destruction caused by the Prickly Pear Cactus; the Cypress Pine Center, which explains the saw milling industry that formed Chinchilla; and the Melon Festival Display, which tells the story of Chinchilla's melon industry and celebrates the town's heritage as the melon capital of Australia. In addition, the Chinchilla Historical Museum presents the region's natural history through exhibits including a display of the Chinchilla Red petrified wood, living specimens of the Chinchilla White Gums, and the Jurassic Mural and Garden. The museum is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM, Sundays from 10:30 AM to 4 PM and Mondays from 9 AM to 4 PM, with closures on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Commercial Hotel at Chinchilla
Chinchilla Cultural Centre The Chinchilla Cultural Centre is an impressive facility that includes a cinema that showcases current releases, a 700 seat auditorium, outdoor patio and bar. In addition, the complex contains the Cypress Pines Library and the White Gums Art Gallery. Due to the Chinchilla Cultural Centre's convenient location in the heart of the business district, there are many nearby hotels, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
Clock tower at Chinchilla
Events and Festivals
Chinchilla Melon Festival Since Chinchilla produces a quarter of Australia's melons, including honeydew, rockmelon and watermelon, the Chinchilla Melon Festival was inaugurated in 1994 to celebrate the town's prized crop. The attendance has grown from about 2,500 in the first festival to approximately 10,000 visitors in recent years! The festival features all types of unique and fun events, including melon eating races and melon skiing. The next festival is scheduled for February 16th to 19th of 2017.
Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft The Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft is one of the three large campdrafts in Australia that compose the Triple Crown series of campdrafts each October. Campdrafting in Chinchilla has been taking place for more than 115 years, and the Grandfather Clock trophy was donated nearly 50 years ago. In addition to the Grandfather Clock Campdraft, Chinchilla holds an Encouragement Campdraft each year in February.