Your Guide to the ‘Chinchilla Festival’ in Australia 

If there is any nation on Earth who knows how to party and throw a festival then it’s the Aussies and their offering which we’ve decided to give you a guide to is the Chinchilla Melon Festival.  Never has there been a celebration of the rotund fruit quite the way there is in Chinchilla, Queensland. This festival has been going for some years now and if you want to visit a zany and exciting festival then look no further than the Chinchilla Melon Festival. Let’s see what it is all about.

The Origins

Chinchilla produces around 25% of all of the melons in Australia including Honeydew, Watermelon and Rockmelon varieties. The town began its festivities dedicated towards melons in 1994 after a sever drought left the town unable to grow melons for an entire season. When the drought was over, local businessmen and producers put their heads together and decided that they would have some festivities to celebrate the end of the drought, the result was the Melon Festival.

How Many Visitors

Visitors to the festival have increased steadily in number and after beginning with around 2,500, this figure has risen to more than 10,000 in recent years as popularity of the festival continues to spread.

What Goes On?

The festival is exactly what it says, a festival dedicated to Melons and all of the events that take place are centered around the various different types of melons which are produced. The unique and interactive events involve the following unique and crazy activities:

– Melon skiing

– Melon bungee

– Melon bungee

– Melon Ironman

– Melon chariot

– Melon eating races

– World record attempt melon pip spitting

Everyone can enter into the contests but if you think this is for you then you should be aware, the locals practice their crazy activities all year long in order to become the champion in their chosen discipline.

A super special event in 2009 saw resident John Allwood broke the Guinness World Record for the amount of melons smashed with his head, the impressive Aussie managed a rate of 47 melons per minute.

A Look at the Accolades

In 2009, the same year as Allwood’s Guinness World Record, the Chinchilla Melon Festival won the award for Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Award for Tourism Event.

How You Can Visit

If you want to go to this crazy festival then you are more than welcome, head down to Chinchilla in Queensland on the 19th of February this year. All you is to get yourself some accommodation and then enjoy the festival. In order to take part or watch, you do not need to book tickets, simply pick up a schedule of events and then go crazy with some melons. Make sure that you take your camera though, there is no festival in the World like this one and your friends probably won’t believe you when you tell them just what you saw.

Weirdest And Most Wonderful Australia Festivals

For a nation who are considered pretty down-to-earth, straight shooting folk, you’d be surprised at juts what kind of weirdness goes on throughout Australia. I was intrigued to get involved with some of the most madcap festivals that the country has on offer so last year I headed down under, flew about, rented some cars from Budget and headed throughout as much of the land as I could to explore some of the crazy festivals that the country had in store and I wasn’t disappointed, here’s what I found.

Chinchilla

Chinchilla is the melon capital of Australia and in the late 80s there was a terrible drought which meant that production ground to a halt. Once the drought was over, the town organized a festival of all things melon-y and the results are awesome. Each year the town and tourists gather for a melon appreciation day which sees them compete in a range of activities that are based around, you’ve guessed it, melons. Here you will find melon skiing, pip spitting and eating contests as well as melon hats and memorabilia. Truly a festival like no other.

Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta

In what is a beautiful combination of sustainability and madness, each year Darwin runs its Beer Can regatta which sees inhabitants collecting all of the littered beer cans that are left on the beaches, and turns them into sea-worthy crafts which pit themselves against the other entrants. Winners of the regatta are not only judged on their ability to float but also their design which has led to some incredible, beer can masterpieces over the years.

Alice Springs Camel Race

Whilst horse racing does exist in Australia, the locals of Alice Springs have flipped the idea on its head and since around 1970 decided that camels are far more fun to race. The Uluru Camel Cup is a coveted trophy for which many practice all year to win, these feral beasts are highly populous in Australia and they can reach some truly incredible speeds.

Wife Carrying, Singleton

The highlight of the Singleton Agricultural Festival is the wife carrying competition, an idea first conceived in Finland but one which offers sufficient madness for the Aussies to jump on to. The wife carrying competition is more than just a race, entrants must not only hump their Sheilas to the finish line fastest but maneuver through a tricky obstacle course along the way. Once nothing more than an entertaining event, entrants these days take the competition far more seriously and the winner is highly respected.

Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

Not just any seafood festival, the Tunarama Festival in Port Lincoln likes to add some real fun and games to they appreciation to all things marine life. At this festal you will find the high class side of things with oyster-sipping and fine dining and then at the other end of the spectrum you will find muscle-bound men hurling a frozen tuna fish to see who can throw it the furthest, true madness.

I would recommend that if you are visiting Australia this year then you check out which of these crazy festivals is on the calendar during your stay to appreciate a whole different side to the country.