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Chinchilla

Situated 81-kilometres west of Dalby along the Warrego Highway in the Darling Downs is the Melon capital of Australia, Chinchilla - producing 25 per cent of the country's watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons. It's no wonder why there's fruit spare for the annual melon skiing, bungee and pip spitting competitions held every second February.

Visitors also flock to Chinchilla by the dozen to try their hand at fossicking the Chinchilla Red petrified wood. Licences can be purchased from the visitor information centre, where you're encouraged to settle in with a Devonshire tea and freshly-made scones on the verandah.

Stroll the main street lined in native cypress pines and dabble in the nearby cultural centre, art gallery and historical museum loaded with steam engines and saw mill artefacts. Step it up a notch on the local bushwalking trails and tourist district drives, detouring along sidetracks lined in unique Chinchilla White Gum (Eucalyptus argophloia).

Experience the night sky and stars from within a swag on the banks of the Condamine River and Charleys Creek, and throw a fishing line at the Chinchilla Weir for (almost) guaranteed freshwater golden perch and jewfish.

Chinchilla
Chinchilla,
Queensland
Australia

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Forty Mile Scrub National Park

Mount Garnet, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This park features ancient and recent volcanic flows, open grassy woodland, the headwaters of several creeks, and an island of dry rainforest remnant in a sea of eucalypt woodland. Large bottle trees, along with fig, Burdekin plum and white cedar trees drop their leaves in the dry season but spring to life with summer rain.

Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park

Chillagoe, Mareeba Area
From AU$26.30 - 26.30
Featuring spectacular limestone caves, small galleries of Aboriginal rock art, jagged limestone outcrops and an historically significant mining site, this park is rich in natural and cultural heritage.

Undara Volcanic National Park

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
Free Entry
In the vast open spaces of the savanna, a sea of seasonal grasses conceals the Undara lava tube, one of the Earth's longest flows of lava originating from a single volcano. Ribbons of green remnant rainforest contrast with the surrounding dry savanna landscape, marking the course of sections of the lava tube.

Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$58 - 60
Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Experience. Undara is a pristine wilderness possessing one of the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems anywhere on Earth.

Chillagoe

Chillagoe, Mareeba Area
Head into the accessible outback west of Cairns and discover the underground wonders of the former mining town of Chillagoe. Just 140 kilometres west of Mareeba along the Wheelbarrow Way, Chillagoe was once an ancient coral reef which has been transformed into spectacular limestone bluffs with a network of some 560 caves, while early volcanic activity has created rich marble and mineral deposits.
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