If you ever feel like you’ve lost your melon, then take a trip out to Chinchilla… where they’re never short of a melon, or two! That’s right, Chinchilla is officially known as the Melon Capital of Australia!

Chinchilla once produced a whole quarter of Australia’s supply of watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons, so you can understand why they’re proud of that. In fact, they hold a melon festival every second year! Still, there’s more to Chinchilla than melons…

Only 81km west from Dalby on the Warrego Highway, Chinchilla is a popular tourist location. It’s an ideal location for camping, bushwalking, fishing and simply escaping to the great outdoors. Chinchilla is also home to the stunning and extensive Chinchilla Historical Museum and the Chinchilla Weir (which is perfect for a spot of fishing).

Just over 8,000 locals reside in Chinchilla, with many working in the beef and cattle farming, and oil and gas extraction industries. Chinchilla’s currently experiencing incredible growth and development thanks to the Kogan Creek Power Station and the recent boom in resources. Housing prices have also increased due to the influx of new workers.

In 2018, Chinchilla is now more popular than ever both for locals and tourists alike. It’s the perfect time to check it out for yourself, and of course, enjoy some fresh melons while you’re out there!


The median age of people living in Chinchilla is 35. Children (0-14 years) make up 23.5% of the population and people aged 65 and over make up 14.2% of the population. Chinchilla is home to the Bi Annual Watermelon Festival, one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing Festivals.


The largest industry of employment in Chinchilla is beef cattle farming, followed by oil and gas extraction, primary education and supermarket and grocery stores.


Driving to work in a car as a driver or passenger is the most common mode of transport for the population of Chinchilla.