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The Darling Downs is blessed with flat plains of rich, black volcanic soils, famed for producing wheat, oilseeds, oats, fruits and legumes. Dalby, north-west of Toowoomba, is the centre of the State’s richest wheat growing area. Further west, Chinchilla is known as Australia’s melon capital, producing the lion’s share of watermelons, rockmelons and honey dews. The cooler climate Granite Belt is famed for its apples, grapes and stonefruit, while the South Burnett also grows grapes as well as peanuts, olives and many other vegetables. The region is also renowned for rearing beef and dairy cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep and lamb stock.