DESTINATIONS - EVERY LITTLE TOWN HAS SOMETHING
Quilpie Shire won a gold National Qantas Australian Tourism Award on March 17, 2023 in the ‘Visitor Information Services’ category and Quilpeta – Quilpie Night Show Experience – took out the Best New Visitor Experience Award at the Outback Queensland Tourism awards.
On the sporting front, Quilpie hosts a leg of the Queensland Outback Masters, but visitors are welcome to just a round of golf at the Quilpie Golf Club.
Abundant waterways, coloured by the red earth through which they flow after seasonal rains, await anglers, kayakers and water skiers.
Those seeking a unique cultural experience can also get their fix with opera, art, comedy, archaeology and indigenous celebrations on the Quilpie agenda.
The peak tourist season of temperate warm weather and activities is between April and September. Regional highlights include: the re-launched Toompine Pub – the pub with no town – serves meals and ice cold beers; classy tucker at the Elegant Emu in Adavale; Unstable Coffee serves breakfast and lunch from a re-purposed horse float in the heart of Quilpie.
The Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) is home to Australia’s largest dinosaur (Australotitan cooperensis) aka Cooper and is renowned globally for discovering a new dinosaur species that was scientifically recognised in 2021.
The Museum is committed to discovering, conserving, and showcasing the fossil, natural and cultural heritage of the upper Murray/Darling and Lake Eyre/Cooper basins.
The incredible diversity of Outback Australia’s natural history is on display – from the tiniest fossils, the size of a sugar grain, to the mightiest dinosaurs Australia has ever seen.
Guests can join a guided tour of the workshop, laboratory and collection centre, then see the ancient giants come to life in a multi-media theatre.
Families can join a family prep program and guests seeking a more immersive experience can sign up for one of the megafauna or dinosaur digs.
A free opal fossicking site is on the edge of town – we didn’t have much luck – and visits to Baldy Top Look Out, Hell Hole Gorge and Rick’s Memorial are fun pursuits.
Quilpie and District Show is on in September and features Australia’s oldest scarecrow competition.
The Quilpie Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has an on-site gallery and museums, and sells local opal products. The Quilpie VIC is a one-stop-shop for accommodation, local touring and road conditions.
With a population around 800, Quilpie is located 1000km west of Brisbane and has amenities including supermarkets, butcher, bakery, newsagent, hairdressers, retail shops, a hospital, medical centre, pharmacy, community gym, sporting ovals, tennis and basketball courts, free swimming pools, weekly flights and an abundance of open space.
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