Chinchilla is a rural township of around 4,000 people situated in the lush and productive Western Downs region of Queensland. Chinchilla is situated on the Warrego Highway, 160 km from Toowoomba and 290 km from Brisbane, located in the middle of the Surat Basin (a coal-rich area that stretches from Toowoomba to beyond Roma) on Charley’s Creek, a tributary of the Condamine River. Chinchilla is known for its agricultural production, in particular: grain, oilseeds, livestock, fruit and vegetables and timber. In recent times the region has witnessed major growth and development due to exploration permits granted for coal and gas mining, the development of CSG (Coal Seam Gas), underground coal gasification and the establishment of new power stations. Along with growth in the mining industry Chinchilla has seen rapid economic expansion, especially in the areas of industry and tourism including major developments by IGA; Target; Woolworths; BP; McDonalds and KFC.
Civic and recreational facilities in Chinchilla include: hospital/medical and dental practices; police station/court house; cultural centre incorporating an art gallery and cinema; Aquatic Centre, home of the Chinchilla Sharks Swimming Club; Bulldog Park home of the Chinchilla Bulldogs Rugby League Club; show grounds, home of the Chinchilla Suns Australian Rules Football Club; racecourse; tennis courts; golf course and lawn bowling. The Chinchilla Weir is popular with water sport enthusiasts and a must for travellers with free camping available on the banks of the weir. Local events are are reported in the Chinchilla News.
Education is prominent in the town with the presence of:
Chinchilla State School; and,
St. Joseph’s [Joey’s] Catholic Primary School.