Chinchilla

Population 3684

Chinchilla is a prosperous town in the western Darling Downs. Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt named the area in 1844 after the local Aboriginal name for the native cypress pines, 'jinchilla' – there are still many in town. Today Chinchilla is known as the 'melon capital' of Australia as it produces around 25 per cent of the country's watermelons.

Visitor Information

Chinchilla St, Warrego Hwy; (07) 4679 4491

www.chinchilla.org.au

Nearby national parks

  • Bunya Mountains National Park

    The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups...more

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

Nearby towns

  • Miles

    Miles is in the Western Downs. Ludwig Leichhardt passed through this district on three expeditions and named the place Dogwood Crossing. The...more

  • Dalby

    Sitting at the crossroads of the Warrego, Moonie, Condamine and Bunya highways, Dalby is conveniently linked to all of Australia's capital...more

  • Kingaroy

    Kingaroy is a large and prosperous town in the South Burnett region. The town's name derives from the Aboriginal word...more

In Town

Historical Museum: a varied collection of memorabilia including steam engines, a replica 1910 sawmill and a slab cottage. Also an excellent display of local petrified wood known as 'Chinchilla Red'; open 9am–4pm Wed–Sun; Villiers St.

Pioneer Cemetery: headstones tell early history. Also a monument to Ludwig Leichhardt; Warrego Hwy.

Nearby

Cactoblastis Memorial Hall: dedicated to the insect introduced from South America to eradicate the prickly pear cactus; Boonarga, 8 km E.

Fossicking: for petrified wood at nearby properties; licences and details from visitor centre.

Fishing: good spots include Charleys Creek and the Condamine River; details from visitor centre.

Chinchilla Weir: popular spot for boating and waterskiing, plus freshwater fishing for golden perch and jewfish; 10 km S.

Campsites around town

Chinchilla Weir camping area 9 km

Catch some perch, catfish or Murray cod in the Condamine River near this campsite, where a maximum 2-night stay applies. There is a boat ramp on site but fishing is not permitted within 200 m of the weir wall.... Find out more


Archers Crossing camping area 9 km

A great spot for fishing, Archers Crossing has a boat ramp on the southern side of the Condamine River. Suitable for self-sufficient campers, the only facilities are the shelter shed, tables and BBQs. The site is 24 km... Find out more


Grays Reserve camping area (bush camping) 16 km

This small site has no facilities and suits self-sufficient campers only. From Chinchilla, travel 16 km south along Chinchilla–Tara Rd. After a large dip in the road, travel 200 m and turn right onto the bush... Find out more


Jandowae Accommodation Park 48 km

You’ll find a good range of facilities at this park, 50 km north of Dalby, but bring your own firewood. There’s a swimming pool, camp kitchen, laundry facilities, kiosk and the option of self-contained... Find out more


Dogwood Creek camping area 50 km

This old sawmill site is now a clearing for campers, but offers no facilities. It is reached from Barakula State Forest Rd off Auburn Rd. Go past the Department of Primary Industries area and look for the forestry camp... Find out more


Caliguel Lagoon camping area 66 km

Very popular with waterskiers, this site is 7 km south of Condamine and 33 km south of Miles. Bring your own firewood and water (or boil/treat the tank water provided) to the camping area, reached from... Find out more


Wilga Bush camping area 81 km

On the northern side of Lake Broadwater, this secluded campground is linked to Lake Broadwater camping area via a 2 km track. You can learn about the park’s vegetation along the walking track and see the remains of... Find out more


Lake Broadwater camping area 82 km

This camping area among the shady red and blue gums of Lake Broadwater Conservation Park lies 30 km south-west of Dalby. The lake is a popular watersports venue and the surrounding forests are great for birdwatching. The... Find out more


Burtons Well camping area (walk-in camping) 92 km

Camp among the ancient grass trees with beautiful forest surrounds at this large tent-only site, 8.5 km north-west of the QPWS information centre. The carpark is a short walk from the open camping area which caters for... Find out more


Westcott camping area (walk-in camping) 95 km

Suitable for tents only, there is no vehicular access to this partly shaded campground, for up to 30 people, but parking is just 20 m away. There are fireplaces but use the firewood sparingly. Tap water must be treated... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Possum Park Caravan and Camping Park 59 km

We always enjoy staying at this unusual caravan park; once a World War II munitions dump, the underground bunkers have been converted to cabins. Owner-operated, it is a great park set in a quiet location alongside the... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Archers Crossing camping area 8 km

T/O 72km W of Dalby (L) or 10km E of Chinchilla (R)

Very secluded camping area located 15km south of the highway via Hopelands and Hopelands School rds, and Archers Crossing Rd (unsealed). Camping restricted to one night only.


Chinchilla Weir camping area 8 km

T/O at Chinchilla

Large camping area on the banks of the Condamine River located 8km south of town via Tara Rd. Some powered sites available.  


Warra rest area 36 km

At Warra

Just off the highway under shady trees at the old railway display in the middle of town.        


Miles park area 45 km

At Miles

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Dogwood Creek rest area 46 km

1km W of Miles (R) or 138km E of Roma (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Condamine rest area 54 km

At Condamine

Adjacent to the highway at the Condamine Bell.


Caliguel Lagoon camping area 58 km

T/O 91km N of Moonie (L) or 3km S of Condamine (R)

Among trees at the lagoon 4km west of the highway via Meandarra Rd.


Drillham rest area 65 km

At Drillham

Just off the highway among a few trees on the banks of a river.


Dalby park area 79 km

At Dalby

Adjacent to the highway at the information centre in the middle of town.


Wandoan rest area 96 km

At Wandoan

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.


What's on around town

Melon Festival: odd-numbered years, Feb.

Market: Warrego Hwy; Easter Sat.

Rotary May Day Celebrations: May.

Chinchilla Show: May.

Polocrosse Carnival: Sept.

Grand Father Clock Campdraft: Oct.

Mardi Gras: Nov.

Chinchilla Cup: Dec.

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