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Fossicking for Fun in Chinchilla


Fossicking for Fun in Chinchilla

Petrified wood occurs in abundance in the Chinchilla area and is much sought after by lapidary enthusiasts for its quality and colours.

Licenses to enter to fossicking fields can be purchased from the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre, where you're encouraged to settle in with a Devonshire tea and freshly-made scones on the verandah.

Once you have your license and finished your delicious tea, there are three areas were landowners have given permission for fossicking at specific sites on their properties. Don’t forget to keep a look out when you are driving in the area as great specimens can be readily found beside roads in the area, but collecting is only permitted from the surface in road reserves and digging is not allowed.

Once at one of the three fossicking sites, sedimentary rocks of the Kumbarilla beds of Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous age, which make up part of the Surat Basin, underlie the Chinchilla area. These include mainly sandstones and other fine-grained sediments that are generally deeply weathered.  Most of the petrified wood is found in unconsolidated gravels capping low ridges of the Kumbarilla beds; these are probably remnants of earlier erosion episodes of the sediments, although some may have been transported.

Good specimens of petrified palm have also been collected from the Chinchilla area. Material is easily collected from the ground surface. However, some shallow excavation in suitable areas may also be productive.

Camping is prohibited at the sites, so why not book a night at Kings Park Accommodation Chinchilla. Where you will find cheap accommodation with fantastic facilities and welcoming service. Contact us now to book.



Affordable Queensland Outback Holidays

Outback Queensland has a lot to offer tourists if they know where to look. There’s a rugged beauty to the red dirt and mulga trees that are the essence of the outback – and the physical aesthetic is only the beginning! There are heaps of events, attractions and natural landmarks that don’t just draw tourists in; they also keep them coming back time and time again.

Many of these destinations are a several hours’ drive from the east coast of Australia, so if you’re planning to holiday out west, plan in regular stops and make the most of your trip. There are gems to uncover at every stop – and, of course, Chinchilla is one gem you shouldn’t miss!

Here are our top picks for outback holidays that you won’t need to mortgage the house to afford.

Carnarvon Gorge and back again

The Carnarvon Gorge, particularly the Carnarvon National Park, is known for its majestic sandstone cliffs, side gorges, diverse flora and fauna, and rich local Aboriginal history. There is an abundance of walking tracks that take you to the notable parts of the landscape, including rock pools, rock paintings, narrow canyons, bluffs and caves.

The Carnarvon Gorge is 8-9 hours northwest of Brisbane, so be sure to plan your trip in advance.

See the stars at the Cosmos Centre

Instead of veering north as you would to discover Carnarvon, keep going west and you will end up in Charleville. This picturesque country town is a popular tourist destination thanks to its Bilby education program, the Royal Flying Doctor Service visitor centre and the iconic Warrego River, the channel river after which many locations and events in the district are named.

One of the most notable drawcards of this great town is the Cosmos Centre. This observatory and information centre features experienced guides who take you on a journey to the stars and planets, and the clear country night sky means you will get a front-row seat to the heavens. Make sure you book at the Cosmos Centre before you visit to ensure a spot in the specialised tours, and look forward to an unforgettable glimpse into the endless night sky.

Visit the Stockman’s Hall of Fame

Head northwest from Charleville through Tambo and Barcaldine to reach perhaps the most well-known town in outback Queensland: Longreach. Its popularity is largely due to the iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, which was officially opened in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth. The Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is home to five themed galleries that use a variety of mediums to communicate the stories of key players in Australia’s outback history. Visit them online to learn more about exhibits, events and admissions.

Check in at a homestead

Homesteads in outback Queensland often showcase the vast contrasts present throughout the vibrant landscape. These beautifully kept gems nestled amongst the raw wilderness give visitors a taste of the harsh environment, which swings so quickly between calm and chaos for those that work on the land daily. No matter where you’re headed, you are likely to find a property that offers public access with guided tours by the friendly owners – head to the local visitor information centre to find out if there’s anywhere nearby you can visit.

Put yourself in the shoes of the early pioneers and take the time to discover outback Queensland. If you’re road-tripping, pick somewhere convenient like Chinchilla and use it as an overnight stay point. With plenty of facilities and great accommodation options like Kings Park Accommodation available as a launch point, you know you’ll get your outback experience off to the best start possible. Contact us today to book your stay!



Top 5 Activities in Chinchilla

Chinchilla is more than a convenient place for a stop-over on your way out west! There are a lot of fun and interesting things to do in Chinchilla that will keep you busy for as long as you want to stay. Here are our picks for fun day activities to do while you’re in this gorgeous area!