Towns Surrounding Chinchilla Towns Surrounding Chinchilla

Brigalow

Population:  40 (approx.)
Elevation:  330m
GPS Coordinates:  26.84oS; 150.79oE

A small settlement 20km east of Chinchilla on the Warrego Highway, Brigalow is dominated by grain silos. Our town was named after the brigalow tree that grows abundantly along the highway and is a tried and true indicator of fertile black soil. The Brigalow General Store is our local newsagent, video store, post office and local cafe, serving all day breakfasts and legendary burgers. During summer you can also purchase fresh melons and pumpkins at our roadside farm gate at a fraction of the price you would pay in a supermarket.

Our strong German heritage is evident in the Brigalow Lutheran Cemetery, which is the final resting place of many of our pioneering ancestors. Nearby is the Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall, the only known hall in the southern hemisphere to be erected in honour of an insect. The hall commemorates the cactoblastis moth, which was introduced to eradicate the prickly pear last century. Although the hall is not open to the public, the significance of the building and its fascinating story is displayed on an interpretive sign out front and is well worth a look.

 

Kogan

Population:  40 (approx.)
Elevation:  360m
GPS Coordinates:  27.04oS; 150.76oE

Located 47km south-east of Chinchilla, Kogan was once an old droving centre and home to the famous Australian impressionist artist and founder of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Hugh Sawrey. The Kogan Hotel was used as a change station for Cobb & Co coaches, and passengers would stretch their legs and have a meal here while the horses were being changed over. Some 50 years ago, Hugh Sawrey walked into the Kogan Hotel looking for work and subsequently made Kogan his home. The part-time drover paid his bills by painting murals on local buildings and the Kogan Hotel housed nineteen of these in total. Subsequent owners of the hotel cut the murals from the walls and sold them at auction, stirring great controversy amongst the locals. One of Hugh's most famous murals is a psychedelic painting on the original post office ceiling which is now a private residence. 

Present day, Kogan is fondly referred to by locals as 'Sawrey Country' and the Aussie artist is embraced as a hero in the community. Two amazing sculptures that have been created in his honour can be found along our Hugh Sawrey Walkway, and every second year locals pay homage to his creative genius with the Art@Kogan festival. 

In stark contrast to the bush legacy captured in Hugh's works, the horizon to the north-east of Kogan is now dominated by the Kogan Creek Power Station, a 750 megawatt coal-fired power station owned by CS Energy. To gain an appreciation of the enormity of this mining project, don't miss the unique opportunity to visit the viewing platform located approximately halfway between Brigalow and Kogan. The power station is particularly impressive when viewed at night. The viewing platform features interpretive signs that provide a background on the project's development.