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Chinchilla

Australia’s Melon Capital - With beautiful bush walks, fishing and camping available at your fingertips, there is much to do in this buoyant little town.

Highlights

Chinchilla is a well-known fishing spot, so head down to the weir and get a line wet. The weir is stocked with Silver perch, Golden perch and Murray cod. Note, a fishing permit is required.

Enjoy a tasty Devonshire tea on the shady verandahs of the Tourist Information Centre.

While at the Centre, pick up a permit and head off to search for petrified wood. The colour and quality of the fossilized wood found in this region are regarded as the best in the country.

Browse the art gallery or library, both located in the Cultural Centre in the tree-lined main street.

Best time of year to visit

There are many events during the year, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere.

If travelling in March, don’t miss the spectacle of the Chinchilla Races.
The annual show is held in May and offers an insight into country living at its finest.

However, October is when you can witness the local’s equestrian skills during the three-day Grandfather Clock Campdraft.

Climate

The warm, moderate climate of Chinchilla provides year-round comfort. Rainfall is a regular feature throughout the year, with the majority of the nearly 700 mm annual falls occurring between December and February.
June is the driest month, with an average rainfall of only 38 mm, and the temperature starts to drop.

July sees the coolest temperatures, where average maximums and minimums range between 12 ℃ and 4 ℃.

Chinchilla – Australia’s Melon Capital

During the western railway construction in the 1800s, a temporary construction camp was erected on the banks of Charley’s Creek. This camp slowly developed into a town, proclaimed Chinchilla in 1877.

The town became an important agricultural hub, producing approximately 25% of Australia’s melons. Watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons are all grown here. In 1994, after years of severe drought, the inaugural Melon Festival was held to help raise spirits in the town. The festival was a huge success and continues to be held every two years in February.

With beautiful bush walks, fishing and camping available at your fingertips, there is much to do in this buoyant little town.

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