Places of Interest

Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall
Location: Boonarga, Warrego Highway (10km east of Chinchilla)

The only known hall erected in honour of an insect, the hall commemorates the Cactoblastis Moth, which was introduced to eradicate the Prickly Pear last century.

Brigalow Lutheran Cemetery
Location: Haystack Road, Brigalow

The final resting place of many of our pioneering ancestors and a reflection of our strong German heritage.

Bug Farm Monument
Location: Clarkes Road, Chinchilla

The site of the Prickly Pear Board ‘Bug Farm’ which, in 1924, brought in 3000 Cactoblastis eggs from Buenos Aires. The Cactoblastis insects which hatched (larvae of the Cactoblastis moth) ate through the Prickly Pear infestation in under four years.

Chinchilla Cenotaph
Location: Fuller Place, Heeney Street (in front of the Chinchilla Cultural Centre)

In honour of those from the district who enlisted in World War I, an aluminium spire has been set on the stone digger base which was originally positioned near the railway overpass from 1919 to 1977. The original digger that stood on this base was removed, restored and relocated to the RSL which is situated further along Heeney Street.

Chinchilla Flood Markers
Location: Footpath of Heeney Street, Chinchilla

Markers on the footpath of Heeney Street from the Post Office to the Club Hotel provide a lasting legacy of the devastating impacts past floods have had on the Chinchilla community, displaying previous flood levels and historical images.

Chinchilla Historical Museum
Location: 17-33 Villiers Street, Chinchilla
Phone: (07) 4662 7014

Chinchilla Historical Museum is dedicated to the natural resources of the Chinchilla area and the history of their use. It offers a glimpse into farming and local industry with key displays including:

  • The Cypress Pine Centre, which tells the story of the saw milling industry that established the town of Chinchilla;
  • The Green Plague exhibit, explaining the devastation caused by the Prickly Pear cactus; and
  • The Melon Festival display, celebrating Chinchilla as the ‘melon capital’ of Australia, telling the story of how this important industry has contributed to the economic and tourist growth of Chinchilla.

The museum has strong social history collections and the buildings on site include Chinchilla’s very first homestead ‘Wongongera Cottage’ (built in 1880) and Goombi Hall. The museum also depicts the area’s natural history with highlights including living specimens of the Chinchilla White Gums, the Field Naturalists Display of the indigenous botany and wildlife in the area, the extensive Beneath Chinchilla’s Soils display of petrified wood such as the unique Chinchilla Red, and the Jurassic Mural and Garden developed in conjunction with local TAFE students.

An extensive collection of family and local history photos, newspaper articles and birth, death and marriage records are also available by contacting the museum library. Facilities and extensively landscaped grounds are also available for hire.

Opening Hours:
Thursday to Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 10:30am – 4:00pm
Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Chinchilla RSL Memorial Digger
Location: Grounds of the RSL Hall, Heeney Street, Chinchilla

A sandstone statue of an Australian infantryman originally located at Anzac Park.  The digger was damaged and removed from the original base in 1977 and relocated to its current position.

Chinchilla Pioneer Cemetery
Location: Warrego Highway, Chinchilla (opposite the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre)

Delve into the past with our town’s original cemetery.

Chinchilla's Pioneer Cemetery - Photo Courtesy Andrew Dixon Photography

Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre
Location: Warrego Highway, Chinchilla
Phone: (07) 4660 7291

Chinchilla Weir
Location: Chinchilla-Tara Road (8km from town)
Especially when it’s full of water, the Chinchilla Weir is a great place to visit for a picnic, BBQ, some bird watching, or to participate in your favourite water sports, including canoeing, water skiing and boating.

Having fun at the Chinchilla Weir - Photo Courtesy Andrew Dixon Photography

Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery
Location: 80 – 86 Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Phone: (07) 4668 9908
Visit their Facebook Page here.

Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery is a community-run gallery housed within the cultural precinct of Chinchilla’s CBD. Operating since December 1999, the professional 40 linear meter art gallery hosts at least 12 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions are sourced from national and state touring bodies, and local artists and groups.

The gallery has a designated Kid’s Creative Corner for children’s art activities, open during gallery hours. Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery supports the iconic Chinchilla Melon Festival through the biannual Melon Festival Art and Craft Competition complimented on the alternate years with a biannual photographic competition.

Over the past decade, the Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery has amassed a significant collection of Australian art that includes several seminal artworks by respected artists Rex Backhaus-Smith, Hugh Sawrey and botanical artist Grace Lithgow.

Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery is a member of the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland.

The Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery is managed by a volunteer committee and its operations are supported by the Western Downs Regional Council. For more information or to confirm opening hours on the day of your intended visit, please phone the gallery on (07) 4668 9908.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

Wheelchair Access | Public Toilets | Air Conditioned | Professional Lighting | Main Street Location | Free Car Parking Nearby | Art & Craft Products Available for Purchase

Part of the "Quilts in the Kitchen" Display

Fishing Holes
If you enjoy fishing, you will be happy to find golden perch (yellow belly), jewfish, silver perch, freshwater crayfish (yabbies) and the famous Condamine (Murray) cod in one of our region’s many creeks, rivers and dams. The best spots for fishing around Chinchilla are at the Chinchilla Weir, Rocky Creek and Archers Crossing. For more information and a map, collect a copy of “Fishing and Camping in Queensland’s Western Downs” from our local Visitor Information Centre.

Chinchilla Weir - Photo Courtesy Andrew Dixon Photography

Leichhardt Monument
Location: Warrego Highway, Chinchilla (opposite the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre)

A monument displaying the travels of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt through the region in the 1840s.