The reason why I was originally drawn to the Chinchilla area was mainly for the petrified wood. There is heaps of the stuff in the Chinchilla / Miles area. I am told the petrified wood from Chinchilla is the best in the world. I must admit though is does work beautifully from a lapidary point of view. A very good location (WAS) a pay dig at a place called "Magic Stone" which is about 20 minutes drive North West from Chinchilla. Sorry it has just recently closed. A real shame. It was quite inexpensive and just about every second rock is petrified wood. An alternative to this dig is "Jeffery's - Thompsons"and is just across the road form the old "Magic Stone". Their contact phone number is 07 4668 9564. There are quite a few motels and a couple of caravan parks in Chinchilla. One favourite is the "Chinchilla Mobile Park 07 4662 7314. "Just out of town on the Wondai road is a caravan and camping park called "The Overflow" 07 4665 5144. This is a special camping and caravan park. It has barbecue and picnic areas, conference facilities, canoeing and swimming, fishing, bush walking, a flying fox a kiosk and camel rides. It is a very good spot for a family holiday which is out of the way and different. Yabbying is good here too." Unfortunately I am now advised that "The Overflow" has closed.
I would not say that the area could be known for its beauty, but there are a number of things to see and do in the area. There is quite a good Historical Museum in Chinchilla and if you have the time I would recommend a trip to the Miles Historical Museum too. In the Miles historical Museum is one of the best stone collections I have seen. It has a large display of local Pentoxylon and Fern. The local R.S.L. in Chinchilla is quite good too. Down the Tara road is the Chinchilla Weir, which I understand is good for fishing. Other places of interest in the Chinchilla area is the township of Bell which is a quaint old country town on the side of a hill. It is a very clean and neat township just within reach of the Bunya Mountains. Just up the road from Bell is the Rimfire Winery at Maclagan. The Rimfire Winery is a very nice place to visit. It has a nice outdoor eatery where the enjoyer of fine wines can also have a pleasant meal in the shade of the pergola in the paved area.
On heading back to Brisbane it is well worth a trip into the Jondaryan Wool Shed. Nearby is also the Acland Coal Mine Museum. In the vicinity is also Lake Broadwater. It has picnic areas, showers, camping and drinking water. I understand that Lake Broadwater Environmental Park is excellent for bird watching.
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