Chinchilla Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 134 photos

CHINCHILLA - Days gone by

Matthew Goggs, born in 1809, one of 22 children, was the 1st white settler to build a small homestead on Chinchilla Station property in 1850.
In 1852 he married, and lived here with his wife until she died in 1858. They had 3 children, but none of them survived, life was harsh in those days.

Life on the land was pretty good in the 1850's and 1860's, more Settlers came, and then came the droughts from 1866 - 1868. These early pioneers did not give up in the hard times, they said.......
"They came, they conquered, stayed and prospered."

Early days sounded a bit like the "Wild, Wild, West!"
It reads that "in early 1877, a lawless, shanty town of tents and public houses had sprung up along Charley?s Creek."


Chinchilla in the Western Downs, is a smallish, friendly country Town.
Most people arrive by following the Warrego Highway which heads straight through the Town. There is more to see and do here than meets the eye.
Pop into the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre for some helpful information.

Chinchilla Historical Museum, the Pioneer Cemetery and Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, go fossicking for Petrified wood and Fossils.
Chinchilla has its own White Gums, and termite resistant Cypress Pines.
Plenty of Wildlife & Birdlife, the beautiful Chinchilla weir for some fun in the water, and let us not forget the....


Located less than a 3.5 hour drive from Brisbane

Greyhound Australia stops on the Warrego Highway, a short walk across the railway bridge to Heeney St (the main street of Chinchilla).

The Westlander train comes through Chinchilla twice a week, on its way between Brisbane and Charleville.


Chinchilla produces 25% of Australia's Watermelons, so the town holds a festival every 2years.

Melon events are .....Melon skiing, pip spitting, Melon bungee, Melon chariot race ...all done in good fun! There is even Melon Art!
Throw in fireworks, Bush Poets, Free concerts, Street parade, dash for cash, cooking shows, markets and family entertainment, there is something for everyone.

You can make it a base, there is plenty of different types of accommodation on offer.

The beautiful Bunya Mountains are only a short drive away
and Jimbour House is worth visiting.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent Melon Festival and Markets!
  • In a nutshell:A lot more to see & do than you would think!
  • Last visit to Chinchilla: Feb 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Wonderful Chinchilla travel page on watermelon festival with lovely photographs! You certainly had a wonderful time there. We love those colourful markets indeed and hope that we have the opportunity to visit it one day. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jul 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

      Thanks Ho&Pang! You have reminded me I must book accommodation for next years festival.

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    It was quite interesting virtual trip! Thank you!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    What a lovely page with such colourful photos :) It must be so much fun attending the festival :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Amazing name for a town ! Has there been any chinchilla breeding in Chinchilla ? Interesting tip about the control of Prickly Pear.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    nice name of the city. i liked your visiting and projecting this small town :-)

  • thegreynomad's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Pity this town has been inudated with the flood waters.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Great little page. I was interested in the red fossil wood. I have collected a lot of the usual yellow/brown types here in Sudan- from near Merowe/Kuru and when roads were being made in Khartoum.

  • patagoniapaul's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Any idea where the name "Chinchilla" came from? These little critters come from our part of the world. Only about 400 left in the wild.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Interesting new addition to your "list"...GREAT camping find...ya just cant beat FREE can we..and looks so picturesque too...did you get any photos of wildlife at all??

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Interesting little adventure. They grow cotton here in Texas also.


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