GET YOUR MELON ON
THE MOST MELON YOU WILL FIND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
fun melon fest facts
Watermelon isn’t even a fruit – That’s right. Watermelon is a vegetable. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
Festival fastest growing demographic is 18-30 year olds
Festival goers rated their satisfaction – 4.34 out of 5
Chinchilla is known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia. The Melon Festival is held biennially.
Situated less than 300 km from Brisbane, this small, thriving community has progressed a grain crop based economy to the dynamic region where coal and gas exploration and power station development projects go hand-in-hand with extensive feedlots, cotton and broad-acre farming.
Chinchilla is ideally located for those who wish to escape to the pristine beauty and rustic experiences of the Western Downs. The Warrego Highway provides the most efficient way of getting here for the visiting motorist.
The town of Chinchilla is located at the western extent of the Darling Downs region of Queensland, approximately 300 kilometres north west of Brisbane.
CITY DRIVING TIME
Brisbane 3.5 hours, Gold Coast 4 hours, Gympie 3 hours, Lismore 5 hours, Miles 30 mins, Roma 2 hours, Sunshine Coast 3.5 hours, Toowoomba 2 hours
Chinchilla is situated on the crossroads of the Warrego Highway and important arterial roads run southward and eastward with major highways. As Chinchilla is approximately 3.5 hours drive from Brisbane, it is the ideal place to stop or rest a while en route to Carnarvon Gorge and other outback destinations.
To ascertain the easiest and best way to get here from wherever it is you are right now, www.travelmate.com.au will create a personalised route map and driving dirctions for you. Simply type in your current address in the "From:" box and then 'Chinchilla' into the "To:" box.
Chinchilla has an all-weather floodlit airport, a grass strip and a modern terminal with amenities. Charter flights are available.
Travel in air-conditioned coaches with on-board movies and meal breaks at towns along the way with Greyhound Australia or Murrays.
Greyhound Australia operates daily from Brisbane to Chinchilla, as well as non-daily service. For information and reservations phone 13 14 99 or visit www.greyhound.com.au
Murrays operates daily from Chinchilla to Brisbane and return. Catch the Murrays bus from Brisbane to the festival. 132 251 or visit www.murrays.com.au
Enjoy the comfort of sleeping compartments and dining cars on the Westlander. The train departs from Brisbane on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, arriving in Chinchilla on Wednesday and Friday mornings before continuing westward to Roma and Charleville. Return services from Chinchilla on Thursday and Saturday mornings. For information and reservations phone 132232 or visit www.traveltrain.com.au