Part of the gorgeous Western Downs and with great hotel and motel accommodation options like the Chinchilla Motor Inn, Chinchilla is perfect for mini-breaks or as part of an epic Queensland road trip. It’s most famous for Melon Fest – the world’s biggest melon festival. For four days every two years, more than 20,000 visitors come from all over the world to have a go at all sorts of melon-related activities, such pip spitting, melon iron man competitions, melon tossing, a melon weigh-in, and even melon skiing (which is exactly as messy as it sounds). The 2019 Melon Fest will also be the town’s first with its brand-new Big Melon – Australia’s newest (and juiciest) Big Thing, which Chinchilla won as part of Wotif’s Next Big Thing competition. It’s one in a melon, so make sure you stop and get a pic!
But there’s more to Chinchilla than just your favourite fruit. If you’re feeling outdoorsy, head to the Chinchilla Weir, 10km south of town. It’s great for swimming, fishing, and bushwalking – perfect for when you (or the kids) need to burn off some extra energy. Or if you like your history, check out the Cactoblastis Memorial Hall at nearby Boonarga. The hall was erected as a monument to the Cactoblastis moth, which eats prickly pear – a noxious weed. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1993 as a particularly unique part of Queensland’s history – as far as anyone can tell, it’s the only building dedicated to an insect. Or if you’re into geology, buy a fossicking license at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre and try to find a piece of rare Chinchilla red petrified wood. There are two sites you can fossick on and the team at the Visitor Information Centre will be happy to help you get started.
With so much to do and so many affordable accommodation options, you’d be out of your rind not to visit Chinchilla. Plan your getaway today!
Hotels in Chinchilla start at AU$85 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.