The Australian melon industry: Supplying the best quality fruit to consumers in Australia and the world
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.
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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