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The Australian Melon Industry

The melon industry provides fresh fruit to Australian shoppers all year round. Quality watermelons, rockmelons, honeydew melons and a range of speciality melons like Piel De Sapo provide sweet fresh treats and are used in savoury and sweet recipes.

Our melons are grown by Australian farmers for Australian consumers. From the very north of the country to the south, 300 farmers produce melons in healthy soils with an abundance of fresh sunshine and clean water.

Nothing tastes as good as a fresh melon.

Member Spotlight

Terry O'leary, Chinchilla

Terry O'Leary's family have been growing melons in Chinchilla, Queensland for over twenty years. He and his father, Darryl produce cattle and beautiful juicy watermelons for sale in the southern markets. The business is a family affair with all of the family members involved in different parts of the business. Planting, growing, harvesting and packing are the farm-based tasks but marketing and record keeping are equally important.

 

Terry O'Leary's family have been growing melons in Chinchilla, Queensland for over twenty years. He and his father, Darryl produce cattle and beautiful juicy watermelons for sale in the southern markets. The business is a family affair with all of the family members involved in different parts of the business. Planting, growing, harvesting and packing are the farm-based tasks but marketing and record keeping are equally important.

Chinchilla is renowned for its watermelon production with around 6 growers producing fruit at two times of the year - during autumn and late spring. During the famous Chinchilla Watermelon Festival, held every two years, O'Leary's organise the largest watermelon competition. The largest watermelon on record was in 2007 weighing 87.5kg and was grown by Bernie and Matt Davies of Chinchilla.

Despite the isolation of the Chinchilla region, Terry and his family are passionate about growing a fantastic product. Follow terry’s tweets on @grow_dem_melons