Today, the Surat Basin experienced pure heat when temperatures soared to 42 degrees. Birdsville was the hottest town in the state with the thermometer reaching 46.2 around 1.30pm

As temperatures soar across the state it seems there is little or no relief in sight as the Bureau of Meteorology has issued an updated statement saying the heatwave will continue "well into next week."

The worst of it is expected to hit inland areas in central and southern Queensland as well as the New South Wales borderlands. 

So how can we stay cool over the coming days and still have some fun in Chinchilla:

Visit the Chinchilla Weir for a great day out swimming and kayaking. You can even pack your rod and tackle, and if you’re lucky, you can hope to catch yellowbelly and Murray cod. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals for the best spots, either! From Chinchilla, travel 8 km south on the Chinchilla–Tara Rd.

If you have the right equipment, there are certain spots along the Condamine River where you can enjoy a large array of water sports. Head to a nearby Condamine Riverfront, or pack a picnic lunch and go a bit further afield to Archer’s Crossing if you’re keen to make a day of it.

If you don’t have time to head out of town then make your way to the Chinchilla Aquatic and Fitness Centre. They provide fantastic aquatic facilities as well as a gym, all in the one centre!

Then after all that fun in the water, you can retreat back to Kings Park Accommodation for an icy cold drink in our Bistro and then cool down in our spacious air-conditioned rooms and watch a movie on Foxtel.