About Chinchilla

Chinchilla in the heart of the Western Downs, Chinchilla is less than 300 Kilometres north west of Brisbane. This thriving community has progressed from a rural based economy reliant mainly on grain crops, cattle and melons to the progressive, dynamic region where coal, gas and solar projects go hand-in-hand with extensive feedlots, cotton and broad-acre farming.

The town of Chinchilla itself boasts many services and amenities, while retaining its country charm and character. As energy interests continue to develop within the region, significant benefits will flow on to other sectors, particularly education, construction, infrastructure, transport and logistics.

With the main town located just off the Warrego Highway, Chinchilla is seen as the hub of the Western Downs region.  Global investment and major projects in the region are driving the balancing act between agriculture and industry.  The town is serviced by Woolworths, Drakes IGA, McDonalds, and a Caltex/KFC/Coffee Club complex as well as an RSL Club, 2 hotels, 2 hardware stores and other essential services.

Community spirit is easily observed at any one of the combined community activities throughout the year.  Known as the “Melon Capital of Australia” Chinchilla’s bi-annual Melon Festival attracts  thousands of visitors to the town .  It is held in February – a perfect time to visit, experience our living history, and absorb our country hospitality. Click Here to see a snippet of the Melon Festival.


With a population of 6612 at the time of the 2016 census, Chinchilla is at the heart of the “Surat Basin”,  a burgeoning energy province rich in coal deposits and coal-seam gas.  The abundant natural resources found here have prompted the birth of major investment projects including the QGC and Origin Energy gas fields, Kogan Creek Power Station,  and Surat Basin Rail Joint Venture, plus the new players in Solar Energy, to name a few.  The community investment and employment opportunities arising from these projects promise to see the continued development of Chinchilla and District well into the future.  Rail links to port facilities at Brisbane and Gladstone are increasing the industrial potential of the region, further diversifying the area’s economy from its staple of agriculture and grazing.

The Western Downs Power Hub solar project is being established just 22km south of Chinchilla.

The Cameby Downs coal mine, a 20 minute drive from Chinchilla, is expected to have a lifetime in excess of 20 years and will require additional workforce for its future operation. Workers at this facility choose  Chinchilla as the town to house their families.

Chinchilla offers one state high school, one state primary school, a Catholic primary school plus the Chinchilla Christian College, which caters to kindergarten, primary and secondary school students.  There are also a number of childcare facilities in the town.

In all, Chinchilla is a fantastic place to be and a great atmosphere in which to raise a family.