Chinchilla

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

Having once produced 25 per cent of the country’s watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons, Chinchilla is fondly known as the melon capital. So if strapping on a pair of melons and racing for glory sounds like your kind of fun, Chinchilla Melon Festival (next in 2019) is your kind of event. Perhaps nothing captures the strong community spirit of this town better than the biennial festival.

Named from the Aboriginal word jinchilla, meaning a termite resistant Cypress Pine, Chinchilla is a peaceful and pretty town. Its beautiful tree-lined main street is just off the highway. Head to the Cultural Centre, the pride of the street. Its award-winning design includes a cinema, library and theLapunyah Art Gallery.

Well worth a visit is the Chinchilla Historical Museum. Its collection features many important transport pieces including a steam driven sawmill and the first-ever ticket issued by Qantas for the first flight from Longreach to Cloncurry. There’s also an excellent display of petrified wood and a prickly pear exhibit celebrating the saving of local and national farmlands from prickly pear by the introduction of the cactoblastis moth and larva from South America.

Chinchilla Weir is popular for fishing and water sports. Good fishing can be had on the Condamine River too – pick up a map and some local tips at the Visitor Information Centre.

You can soak up the country atmosphere at one of many local events including Chinchilla Races in March, Chinchilla annual show in May, and the equestrian highlight, the Grandfather Clock Campdraft, a traditional three-day event held in October.

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Knot-A-Saurus Park

Eromanga, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
The “Knot-A-Saurus Park” is an amazing sculpture of a Sauropod and her two babies made out of 100 metre lengths of twisted Aluminium is situated on the southern side of town as you leave town west for Noccundra Hotel or Innamincka.

Mount Wooroolin Lookout

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
You'll find great views from Mount Wooroolin Lookout, just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy. Established in 1988 as a bicentennial project by Kingaroy Shire Council, the area features a grassed area with picnic tables and wood barbecues.

Springwood Conservation Park

Springwood, Logan City Area
Free Entry
At Springwood Conservation Park, explore this beautiful natural bushland setting right in the heart of Springwood. Pack a picnic and follow the tracks through open eucalypt forest. Discover the gorge, cliffs, caves and unique rock formations that make this 36 hectare park so special.

Apple Tree Park

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Apple Tree Park is located on the Springbrook range. The park itself is a quiet, sheltered, lovely little park, with an amenities building, barbecues and picnic tables. Most days you will find birdlife such as kookaburras resting on the arms of nearby trees.

Hinze Dam

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
South East Queensland's AUD395 Million Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, later raised 15 metres in 1989 and recently upgraded in 2011. The large embankment and un-gated spillway across the Nerang River provides water security and flood mitigation to the Gold Coast.

Lake Annand Park

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Set on two hectares, Lake Annand is a pleasant water attraction and well-used recreational space set along Toowoomba's East Creek. A bikeway passes through the park and follows the route of East Creek right through to Queen's Park, close to the city centre.

McIntosh Island Park

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
McIntosh Island Park is situated in the middle of Surfers Paradise. An oasis in the midst of high rises, this park is a sanctuary for many! This park has been established for many many years, and most Gold Coasters can remember visiting during their childhood!

Fairymead House Sugar History Museum

Bundaberg North, Bundaberg Area
The relocated and restored Fairymead House overlooks the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens with the splendour of a bygone era. Built in 1890, this grand plantation house includes the Sugar History Museum, exploring the development of the local sugar industry from its earliest days.

Ju Raku En Japanese Garden, Toowoomba

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
Free Entry
Discover the tranquility of one of Toowoomba's most peaceful and beautiful parks - the four and a half hectare Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland. Located on the northern side of the campus, it's Australia's largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.

Orion Lagoon

Springfield, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
To cool off during a long hot Ipswich summer, you can't go past Orion Lagoon at Springfield, just a 30-minute drive from Brisbane Central Business District. Situated within Orion Springfield Central and the newest stage of the huge Robelle Domain parklands, Orion Lagoon has a vast expanse of shallow pools and water features.
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