NEWS: The next BIG THING has been announced... and it's here in Queensland!

14 November 2018

Celebrating 25 years of the Melon Festival, Australia has voted and Chinchilla has officially won the bid for Australia’s ‘Next Big Thing’ with the unveiling of a giant melon.

As Australia’s melon capital and home to the world’s largest melon festival, Chinchilla has been gifted an eight-metre-wide melon structure which has become a ‘must see’ tourist attraction.

Chinchilla's Big Melon pitch, outbid applications from around the country, including three other finalists from Kingaroy, Mittagong and Glen Innes. The new structure will be a major draw card during the Chinchilla Melon Festival held from February 14-17, 2019.The western Queensland town will transform into a sea of pink and green to celebrate.

Chinchillas Watermelon Festival Activities


More than 15,000 visitors from around the globe visit the biannual Chinchilla Melon Festival to try their hand at a range of fun and quirky melon-related experiences. Some of these include pip-spitting, melon skiing, melon hat wearing, farm tours and a street parade.

The upcoming festival will mark 25 years since the Melon Festival began. Festival Committee member Tania Thornton says bringing a ‘big melon,’ to the town has been a goal for the committee since the festival started.

“Every two years, Chinchilla transforms into a melon mecca drawing local, national and international crowds to experience one of the country’s most distinctive festivals. A Big Melon has been our dream since the beginning and we are so proud to be able to cement our status as Australia’s Melon Capital,” she said.

Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch is excited to bring Chinchilla its newest attraction as a way to support the domestic tourism industry and help drive money back in to the local economy.

"We are passionate about encouraging Aussies to explore more of their own backyard and hope The Big Melon provides Chinchilla locals and travellers with fruitful experiences for years to come. We encourage all Aussies to consider a trip to Chinchilla,” he said.

Situated less than 300km from Brisbane, the small, thriving community is in an ideal location for those looking to visit the must-see Melon Festival.

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