Chinchilla is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2016 census, Chinchilla had a population of 6,612. The town (approximately 300 kilometres (190 min) west-northwest of Brisbane) was established in 1877. As the railway pushed west across the Darling Downs from Toowoomba and Dalby, a temporary construction camp was established on the banks of Charley's Creek which developed into 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 Kogan Creek Power Station (and other coal and gas projects) have 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 2021.

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Location Information 

  • Elevation: 303
  • Population: 6612
  • State electorate(s): Callide
  • Federal Division(s): Maranoa
  • Established (yr): 1877
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Dalby QLD 4405 (83.6 km, 59 mins)
Miles QLD 4415 (48.3 km, 35 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Chinchilla QLD is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s.

Barunggam acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.