About Chinchilla

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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 and gas exploration and power station development 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 coal and gas interests continue to develop within the region, significant benefits will flow on to other sectors, particularly education, construction, infrastructure, transport and logistics.

Chinchilla is off the Warrego Highway and is seen as the hub of the Western Downs region and the sense of renewed energy in the town is attributable to a number of factors. Global investment and major projects are pushing growth in the region, driving the balancing act between agriculture and industry, and presenting boundless opportunities for investors…. With  new residential and industrial estates, Woolworths Shopping Centre, McDonalds, Caltex and KFC complex and other fast food franchises and major investment by large and small businesses.

Community spirit is easily observed at any one of the many festivals and combined community activities throughout the year and is known as the “Melon Capital of Australia” and in February 2015 Chinchilla will be holding its next biannual Melon Festival. Attracting thousands of visitors to the town – a perfect time to visit, experience our living history, and absorb our country hospitality.


With a population of over 7,400, Chinchilla is at the heart of what is known as 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, Linc Energy Project, and Surat Basin Rail Joint Venture 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 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 are already choosing Chinchilla as the town to house their families.

With a population now over 7,400 Chinchilla offers one state high school, one state primary school, two additional private primary schools and a number of childcare facilities.

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