Chinchilla Botanic Parkland

Chinchilla Botanic Parkland


Posted 2021-07-01 by Mayfollow
Chinchilla is most commonly known as the 'Melon Capital of Australia', and plays host to a Melon Festival every second year in February. Located in the Western Downs Region of Queensland, Chinchilla is just on 300 kms northwest from Brisbane and a 160 kms from Toowoomba.

Whether you are just passing through, or plan to enjoy the famous country hospitality for a few days, the is a must-do addition to your list of places to visit. In 2020, the parkland was announced as the winner of the 'Park of the Year' at the Queensland Parks and Leisure Australia Annual Awards.

Spanning an area of 4.2 hectares, the parkland boasts state-of-the-art water treatment and irrigation systems with solar panels powering the entire site.

More importantly, in user-friendly terms, it offers barbeque facilities and covered picnic huts. Walking trails for the two-legged and four-legged follow a creek bed amongst native grasses and shrubs, and the playground equipment is modern and will keep the little people busy.

The parkland incorporates the prehistoric flora and fauna native to the area, the region's Aboriginal cultural history and the town's railway heritage connection with the early Western line (being located on the original rail depot connecting Chinchilla and Brisbane).

No doubt popular in the warmer months, the water play area (under winter maintenance when I visited) looks great fun utilising the township's iconic watermelons to advantage. There are expansive grounds for picnicking, a dedicated area for entertainment such a band performance, and I just adored the Forever 5 bench seats designed to encourage adults to sit and read to their little ones.

Also within the grounds is a commemorative monument to the fallen from the Chinchilla area during times of conflict.

The bathroom facilities also include a parents room with a fold-down change table and a disabled bathroom. Yay! These were as rare as hen's teeth when my children were young.

If you have time up your sleeve next door is the Chinchilla Historical Museum which houses a collection of objects representing the history of Chinchilla and surrounding districts in a variety of historical buildings. Refer here for more information.

The is located at Canaga Street, Chinchilla and makes for a delightful break in any journey.

96404 - 2023-06-12 02:41:47


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