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The Chinchilla Melon Festival is held every two years in February. Escape the city, meet up with friends and experience the Western Downs. 

Known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia, Chinchilla produces a quarter of Australia’s melons and celebrates the fact biennially in February. Join with the locals for some hilarious fun and festivities as events, such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon bungee, melon bullseye, pip spitting and melon tossing, get into full throw.

There’s back-to-back entertainment for the whole family. So pull on some old clothes and take to the streets of Chinchilla, that are awash with melon mayhem. But be warned: you might end up in a very sticky situation!


Watermelon isn’t even a fruit – That’s right.  Watermelon is a vegetable.  It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

Festival fastest growing demographic is 18-30 year olds

Festival goers rated their satisfaction – 4.34 out of 5


Chinchilla is known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia. The Melon Festival is held biennially. Situated less than 300 km from Brisbane, this small, thriving community has progressed a grain crop based economy to the dynamic region where coal and gas exploration and power station development projects go hand-in-hand with extensive feedlots, cotton and broad-acre farming. Chinchilla is ideally located for those who wish to escape to the pristine beauty and rustic experiences of the Western Downs. The Warrego Highway provides the most efficient way of getting here for the visiting motorist.

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