Chinchlla is one 0f the main eastern communities/towns on the Dorrego Hgy traveling west to Charleville. On this road you most likely would have left Dalby. Your Bustout traveler actually has traveled south to Miles, and has now ventured east to Chinchilla, intending to travel west again after this stopover.

Chinchilla was once known as Charley’s Creek is a quite impressive town. There is a lot going for the place, not the least a full provision of services. Yes Chinchilla is a nice town.

The town was established in 1877. As the railway pushed west across the Darling Downs from Toowoomba and Dalby, the banks of Charley's Creek seemed an ideal place for a town.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the community, with beef and pork production, wool growing, and horticulture traditionally underwriting the local economy. However, with the recent resources boom, the new Kogan Creek Power Project (and other coal and gas projects) has begun to inject welcome cash into the town and Chinchilla is experiencing mass growth and development. House prices in Chinchilla have boomed as a result of the need to house new workers.

Chinchilla is known as the 'Melon Capital of Australia', and plays host to a Melon Festival every second year in February – the next is to be held in 2011.

The Chinchilla War Memorial is right in the centre of the town.

The Catholic and Anglican churches are grand structures. All churches are all represented.

The Chinchilla Museum appears to be significant offering, but closed when seeking to enter.

The Club Hotel is a heritage hotel and was inundated during the recent floods. The Chinchilla Commercial and Tattersall’s hotels are great pub offerings.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course