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Chinchilla

Famous for its melons and a renowned spot for fossicking, fishing, bushwalking and camping, the colourful little town of Chinchilla is an easy drive 81km west of Dalby along the Warrego Highway. 

Producing 25 per cent of the country's watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons. Chinchilla is the undistributed melon capital. Nothing captures the strong community spirit of this town better than the biennial 'Chinchilla Melon Festival'. If your not a skier, there's always the hilarious melon bungee, melon eating, pip spitting or smashing competitions. 

Chinchilla is a peaceful and pretty town, featuring a beautiful tree-lined main street just off the highway. Head to the Cultural Centre, the pride of the street. Its award-winning design includes a cinema, library and the White Gums Art Gallery. 

Fossickers from around the world come in search of much sought after "Chinchilla Red" petrified wood. Pick up an official Queensland Mines and Energy Fossicking licence from the Visitor Information Centre. While you are at the information centre, ask about the seven tourist drives of the district. They'll take you down sidetracks and byways to experience an amazing array of wildlife and flora, local history and significant landmarks.