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The Great Migration


The Great Migration

This spring across the Darling Downs the Bogong moths with migrate up to a thousand kilometres to find a cool summer home in Australia's southern alps.

Early summer barbeques along the east coast of Australia wouldn't be the same without a visit from one of our most amazing insects. Bogong Moths, travel over 1000km each year from the black soil plains of Queensland and western NSW to the Australian Alps, seeking refuge from the summer heat.

Along the way, they travel by night and then in the morning, drop down to the ground to rest in the shade during the day.

Bogong moths have a wingspan of about 50mm, and can be recognised by their dark brown mottles and two light spots on each wing.

At night, the lights from towns, fires and other human activities attract the moths and they can become quite a nuisance. A Bogong moth even starred in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when it perched on opera singer Yvonne Kenny during her performance.

Every year, migrating moths find their way into Canberra's Parliament House, squeezing through air-conditioning ducts and sometimes winding up in the Chamber itself. There's even the Bogong Moth Motel at Mt Beauty, near where the insects come to stay in the Southern Alps.

As the moths migrate southwards, their world collides with human society. Their route, followed for thousands of generations past, now passes over the bright lights of Canberra and other large cities. The lights fool the moths into behaving as if the sun is coming up. Their natural response is to dive down to the ground to find a dark place before the heat of the day sets in, and suddenly there are moths everywhere.

Buildings can become covered with a thick coating of moths, desperately seeking dark cracks and crevasses to hide from the sun. Their need to escape the heat has driven these moths to evolve one of the most amazing migration strategies of any Australian animal.

A festival to celebrate the arrival of the moths is still held today, near Albury at Mungabareena Reserve. Held on the last Saturday in November, the festival features Indigenous performers, spear and boomerang throwing competitions, bush tucker and indigenous kids activities.  Up to 5000 people - both locals and overseas visitors - come to the festival each year.

At the end of summer, the moths must prepare for the long trip back to Queensland where they will mate, and then die. Many have not survived their stay in the mountains, or been eaten by predators. The few who flutter back home in February and March don't have anywhere near the visibility of the thick swarms which headed south in November.

Perhaps one in 1000 moths will make it all the way back home, feeding on nectar along the way to keep their energy up. As soon as they arrive back, seven months after crawling out of the ground, they mate and the female lays up to 2000 eggs. So begins the cycle once more.

Interesting Facts:

*When: Bogong moths fly south from Queensland every spring to wait out the heat of summer in alpine caves. They return in autumn to Queensland to mate. The Ngan Girra Festival (formerly the Bogong Moth Festival) is held on the last Saturday in November, 2002.

*Where: Darling Downs, Queensland, and the Bogong Plains, Victoria ( near the town of Mt Beauty). The moth's breeding grounds stretch from inland southern Queensland and northern NSW right down to the Hay plains.

*Bogongs live only a year, but travel over 1500 km during this time.

*There is a carpet of dead moth bodies 1.5 metres thick on the floor of some Alpine caves, built up from thousands of generations.

*Canberra lies directly in the path of the migrating Bogongs and the bright lights create big problems for moth navigation.

This is just one of many fascinating facts that Chinchilla and the Darling Downs is home to. So why don't you hop in the car and explore this amazing region for all its unique flora and fauna, make a weekend of it and stay with us at Kings Park Accommodation for a little bit a luxury during your trip. Call us today to book.


Chinchilla Melon Festival 2017


Chinchilla Melon Festival 2017

Some might think that this blog about the Chinchilla Melon Festival is a little early as the event is not on until 16 – 19 February next year.

However visitors from out of town really do need to start planning their trip now as the town literally bursts with melon fun and all the hotels pull out their NO VACANY signs.

The Chinchilla Melon Festival is dedicated to the gloriously red, juicy and delicious fruit that reminds us of summer.

Chinchilla is actually known as the nation’s watermelon capital, as this region boasts 25% of Australia’s watermelon crop.

Every two years (on the odd-numbered years), the watermelon festival takes over Chinchilla, bringing together locals and visitors from all walks of life to celebrate with traditional activities.

In fact Chinchilla has a population of approximately 5,500 people. This swells to between 20,000 to 23,000 during the Melon Festival celebrations.

They all come to see the melon-growing competitions, shop at the craft markets, take part in the novelty events, enjoy the carnival rides and a watch the street parade. Visitors will see Melon Skiing, Melon Bungy, Pip Spitting and the Slip, Dip and Pull. The craft markets are all things watermelon and if you think your stomach can handle it, there is the watermelon eating competition.

At the end of the day and the last seed has been spat, festival goers can grab some dinner from one of the food stalls and settle in for the free family concert.

After all the melon excitement is over, we suggest that you come back to your comfortable room at Kings Park Accommodation and enjoy a peaceful night sleep.

To make sure you don’t miss out, call us today to book your Chinchilla Melon Festival accommodation.

Interesting facts:

•  The largest watermelon on record was in 2007 weighing 87.5kg and was grown by Bernie and Matt Davies of Chinchilla.

•  Five tonnes of melon is consumed on the Saturday during the festival, with another 15 tonnes of melons used for the melon arena games.


See Kings Park for yourself on Instagram


See Kings Park for yourself on Instagram

Over the weekend we launched our very first Instagram account to share all the great images of our lovely motel. Lots of great things happen here everyday, and we want you to be a part of it. 

We welcome you to follow us @kings_park_chinchilla

We would love to see photos from our guests too, so don't forgot to take some images during your stay and use the following hashtags -  #kingsparkaccommodation or #kingsparkchinchilla




Great Addition to Kings Park Accommodation


Great Addition to Kings Park Accommodation

Kings Park Accommodation is very excited to announce that we now have two teams of Managers to look after you during your stay with us.

This week we welcomed Rob and Annette Langford to the team who will job-share with our current manager Bob Schaefer on a 6-week rotation.

Rob and Annette have a very successful background in motel and catering management, and we are excited to have them join the team here at Kings Park.

The new structure was developed when Bob’s wife Glenys decided it was time to head home to New Zealand to be closer to children and grandchildren. Although Bob was excited about being closer to the kids, he wasn’t quite ready for his retirement.

So, the Kings Park Accommodation owners decided to change the management structure to now have two management teams that will work on the 6-week rotation. We are very pleased that we get to keep Bob for 6-weeks, and then he and Glenys can explore New Zealand in their new motor home during his six weeks off.

Rob and Annette look forward to meeting all our regular guests and our new friends over the coming weeks.

Please contact us if you have any queries about Kings Park Accommodation or would like to book your next stay with us.

*The photo was taken during Glenys farewell dinner.


Celebrating Australia Day


Celebrating Australia Day

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Whether you’re in the city, on the coast or in a regional area, there are lots of events that celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian.

It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.  Australia day also marks the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival into Sydney Harbour in 1788.

In 2016, the holiday falls on a Tuesday, and the Western Downs has some cracking events for the locals to celebrate with gusto.

In Chinchilla there will be an Australia Day Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at the Chinchilla Historical Museum. For those that slept in there will be an Australia Day Family Fun afternoon at the Museum from 2pm.

Dalby will be having an Australia Day Breakfast and Awards Ceremony from 6am at the Thomas Jack Park. If you are looking for a lunchtime event, then head to Tara for the free Australia Day Luncheon and Family Fun Celebrations from 12pm at the Showgrounds.

Don’t forget if you are travelling through the region then stop in at Kings Park Accommodation to break-up the trip. On Australia Day our communal barbeques will be ready to fire up for a good ol’ Aussie cook-up. So bring your snags and shrimps, get a cold one from the Bistro and enjoy Australia in the Queensland outback. Call us today for an accommodation quote or to making a booking.