2023 Quilpie Visitor Guide

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ADAVALE | CHEEPIE | EROMANGA | QUILPIE | TOOMPINE
SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA 2023 VISITORS GUIDE

Welcome to Quilpie Shire!

Population 702

Supercharge your Outback adventure in Quilpie Shire. Fishing, 4WDing, dinosaurs, opal fossicking and outback station visits... it’s all here! From the Shire’s central hub of Quilpie, you’ll discover Cheepie to the east, Adavale to the north, Toompine to the south and Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea, to the west.

„ Uncover remarkable stories of true grit and determination that epitomise the multi-generational pioneering families

„ Discover Quilpie’s flourishing art scene

„ Stay on a working station and meet the folk who call Quilpie Shire home

„ Sidle up to the bar of a quirky outback pub where the local publicans are keeping it real

„ And, marvel at the dramatic terrain of Hell Hole Gorge National Park.

If you’re keen to embrace matchless moments of genuine discovery, then head straight to our ‘how to get here’ page –you won’t be disappointed.

WELCOME TO COUNTRY

We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, all whom have a deep attachment to the Quilpie Shire. We hold in respect the Boonthamurra, Bidjara, Kullilli, Mardigan and Wongkumarra peoples.

As a guest in our Shire we wish you a safe journey and ask that you respect this land and its traditions, past and present, by leaving country as you find it.

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Many thanks to the Quilpie Shire community for their wonderful stories and contributions in the creation of this guide and associated web content.

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www.visitquilpieshire.com 3 CONTENTS How to Get Here 4 Take a Road Trip 6 Our Incredible National Parks 8 Our Ancient Discoveries 10 Our Outback Stations 12 Quilpie 14 Quilpeta Night Show 16 Rick’s Memorial 16 Quilpie Town Map 18 Events 21 Eromanga 22 Adavale 24 Toompine | Cheepie 25 Explore the Great Outdoors 26 Natural Sciences Loop 28 Queensland South West Adventure 30 Family Fun............................................................................. 32 Directory ............................................................................... 34 Hell Hole Gorge National Park

How to get here

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BRISBANE

QUILPIE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

51 Brolga Street, Quilpie Qld 4480

Ph: (07) 4656 0540

Email: tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au

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CENTRE FACILITIES INCLUDE

Quilpie Shire Gallery & Museum | Free Wi-Fi National Park Bookings | Driver Reviver Site | Night Show

OPENING HOURS:

March – October:

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm

Weekends: 9.00am – 1.00pm

November – February:

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm

Weekends: Closed

DRIVE TO QUILPIE

The Quilpie region is well serviced by fully sealed roads, whether travelling from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Longreach or the popular Natural Sciences Loop.

DRIVE DISTANCE FROM QUILPIE

„ Charleville – 212km via the Warrego Highway

„ Cunnamulla (via Eulo) – 300km via Mitchell Hwy/A71 and State Route 14

„ Longreach – 515km via National Route 79 & State Route 14

„ Brisbane – 956km via the Warrego Highway

„ Sydney – 1301km via the Mitchell Highway

„ Melbourne – 1527km via Kidman Way and Mitchell Highway

FLY TO QUILPIE

REX Airlines operates twice-weekly flights between Brisbane and Quilpie. The Quilpie Airport has Avgas and Jet A1 for refuelling. Rex Airlines operate regular flights between Brisbane and Charleville or fly QantasLink to Longreach. Hire car facilities are available in Charleville and Longreach.

RAIL TO QUILPIE

Queensland Rail’s Westlander Service operates between Brisbane and Charleville with a rail/bus connection to Quilpie.

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Take a Road Trip

The Quilpie Way & Channel Country Way

DAY 1: QUILPIE Local flavours

Plan for a lunch-time arrival in Quilpie for a double dose of Aussie flavour. Park at the Visitor Information Centre and amble down to a local favourite, Offshears Bakery. Their traditionally made meat pies by a World Champion Women’s Shearer are legendary. Take advantage of the free picnic area at the Visitor Information Centre to enjoy a relaxed lunch and to check out the local artwork.

Drive around eight minutes to Lake Houdraman, AKA ‘The Lake’, popular for swimming, fishing, BYO kayaking and yabbying. This beautiful expanse of water is located on a 2500-acre property aptly named The Lake, Quilpie. Experience the Quilpie Night Show screened under the stars (check schedule at the Visitor Information Centre). Virtual host, Q the Curlew is the star of this engaging tell-all story of how Quilpie came to be – the struggles, the triumphs and the multi-generational pioneering dynasties.

DAY 2: QUILPIE Rich in colour & nature

Treat yourself to an early morning stroll along the Bulloo River Walk. Get in

the know with the handy native plant interpretive signs dotted along the 1.5km trail. Keep an eye out for our feathered friends too. For a killer brewed coffee and wholefood treats (including gluten free) call into one of the coolest horse floats turned coffee bars in the west. You’ll find Unstable Coffee parked in Quilpie’s main street and it’s definitely your ‘go to’ for today’s smoko and yummy treats for later.

There’s a free opal fossicking area just 1.5km from town and fossicking kits can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre for under $10. Quilpie is home to the beautiful boulder opal, so you never know... lady luck may be on your side! While in town, take a peek at the incredible opal altar in St Finbarr’s Church. The golden hour before sunset is perfect for exploring the many caves and crevasses of Baldy Top Lookout. This ancient boulder formation is just 6.5km from town on a fully sealed road.

DAY 3: ADAVALE

Home of the Elegant Emu

Take a one-hour (mostly sealed) drive to Adavale, a closely guarded secret of just under 20 permanent residents. Visit the Elegant Emu…. not the feathered

kind of emu, rather a delightful outback patisserie specialising in yummy baked bread, cakes, pastries and decadent High Teas! History buffs will enjoy the historical walk and outdoor mini museum. Keen ‘anglers’ and ‘twitchers’ will relish the fishing and birdwatching opportunities in Adavale. Return to Quilpie for your overnight accommodation.

OPTIONAL SIDETRIP

From Adavale it’s just under 1 ½ hours’ drive to the spectacular Hell Hole Gorge National Park. Before starting your drive to Adavale, be sure to check road conditions and purchase a National Park camping permit from the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre. Set up camp at Hell Hole Gorge campsite (4WD access only. Camping visitors must be self-sufficient).

DAY 4: EROMANGA

Land of the giants

Drive north west to Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea and home to Australia’s

Quilpie Toompine Cheepie ADAvale Eromanga
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Thargomindah
The Quilpie
Channel Country Way

largest dinosaur. For a chance to get up close to a 95-million-year-old dinosaur bone, join the Australian Dinosaur Giant’s tour at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. Explore the Reception Gallery with its Interpretive Corridor, Multi-Media Theatre Experience and café with a view. Extend your visit with one of their exclusive experience packages featuring accommodation in their 4-star onsite Cooper’s Country Lodge and tailored dinosaur and meal options. Back in town, call into the Royal Hotel, built in 1885 and follow the historical walk. Be sure to get a photo of the life-size art sculpture of a Sauropod and her two babies at Knot-aSaurus Park and visit the Eromanga Living History Centre.

DAY 5: QUILPIE

Sand hills & Waterholes

Drive north along the fully sealed Kyabra Road to Ypunya Sand Hills, heralding the signature, rich, red hues of the Channel Country. Continue a short distance to the tranquil Kyabra Waterhole. When full, it covers a massive area of some 55 hectares. Take a break for a picnic morning tea or if time permits throw in a line. Return to Quilpie via Thylungra and the Diamantina Developmental Road.

Extend your drive

Follow the NEW Channel Country Way tourist drive connecting Quilpie, Barcoo and Longreach Shires.

BARCOO SHIRE MUST DO’S

„ Sunset from Ourdel Sand Hills

„ Set up camp on Cooper Creek

„ Follow the Settlers Nature Drive

„ Explore Whitula Gate Museum

„ See the Native Wells

„ Stand atop Swanvale Lookout

„ Discover Welford National Park

„ 4WD John Egan Pioneer Track

„ See the unique Stonehenge Address Book

LONGREACH REGION MUST DO’S

„ Visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame

„ Explore the Qantas Founders Museum

„ Join a Thomson River cruise

„ Experience a thrilling Cobb+Co ride

„ See the Powerhouse Museum

„ Discover Yaraka’s Mt Slowcombe

„ Take a break at Yaraka Pub

„ Visit the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre

„ Throw in a line at Oma Waterhole

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Our Incredible National Parks

HELL HOLE GORGE NATIONAL PARK

Picture rugged gorges framed by cliffs carved out over millions of years by the Powell and Spencers creeks. There are two popular swimming holes, Hell Hole Gorge and Spencers Gorge. Explore around the waterholes or stroll along the top of the plateau high above the creek. You may even spot wildlife resting in the cool gorge below. The park is one of a few places where you may see the elusive Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.

Access to Hell Hole Gorge is via working pastoral properties. Take care to avoid stock on unfenced roads and leave gates as you find them. Take the Adavale-Blackall Road then turn left and follow the Milo-Gooyea Road to the park. Roads within the park follow old seismic lines and boundary fences.

„ Bush Camping is allowed at Powell Creek

„ Camping permits and bookings are required (available to purchase from Quilpie Visitor Information Centre)

„ Visitors must be self-sufficient. Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day

„ Roads are unsealed. Access via 4WD only. Check road conditions before travel

„ Top activities: 4WDing, hiking, birdwatching, swimming

„ No phone coverage

Approx 73km from adavale

spencers waterhole

1.2km to spencers waterhole

76km from adavale Hell hole gorge National Park Map Entrance gate to Park 69km from adavale
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Hell Hole Waterhole

MARIALA NATIONAL PARK

Soft mulga grows on deep red soils in the park’s east and hard mulga grows on the ranges. Early morning heralds the melodic sounds of butcher birds, Hall’s babblers and flocks of spiny-cheeked honeyeaters. Old man emu can often be seen strolling through the thick mulga shrublands. With some 140 species of birds and 27 mammals, Mariala is a popular park for nature-based activities. Access is via the Charleville-Adavale Road, 128km west of Charleville and 59km east of Adavale. The road dissects the park with entry points well signposted from the Charleville side.

„ Bush Camping suitable for 2WD and 4WD access

„ Camping permits and bookings are required (available to purchase from Quilpie Visitor Information Centre)

„ Visitors must be self-sufficient. Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day

„ Roads are unsealed. Access via 4WD only. Check road conditions before travel

„ Top activities: Nature observation, photography, hiking & birdwatching

„ No phone coverage

IDALIA NATIONAL PARK

Explore the gorges and rock formations of Idalia’s Gowan Range tablelands. As you emerge from the dense mulga, catch surprising views of rugged escarpments, home to Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies. You may also see other macropods grazing along the creek flats. Visit innovative stake stockyards built between the 1920s and the 1950s to hold up to 300 cattle during muster.

While Idalia National Park is in the Quilpie Shire, the access point is 113km south-west of Blackall. Take the Isisford Road from Blackall for 42km then turn left into Yaraka Road.

„ Bush Camping suitable for 4WD access. Pit Toilets

„ Camping permits and bookings are required (available to purchase from Quilpie Visitor Information Centre)

„ Visitors must be self-sufficient. Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day

„ Roads are unsealed. Access via 4WD only. Check road conditions before travel

„ Top activities: Bush walks & drives, photography, wildlife & birdwatching

„ No phone coverage

Hell Hole Gorge National Park (Photo: Aaron Kent) Idalia National Park
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Our Ancient Discoveries

ONCE UPON A TIME

Around 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, the Australian continent was covered, in part, by a shallow inland sea. Fine marine sands rich in silica were deposited around the shoreline. The Great Artesian Basin formed when the sea receded. What followed was a series of very special geological, climate and biological events leading to today’s incredible ancient discoveries, specifically dinosaurs, megafauna and opals!

BOULDER BELT

It’s rare, beautiful and found right here in the Quilpie Shire! Quilpie’s opal story began with this precious gem’s discovery in 1872. Boulder Opal occurs in a 700km long ‘belt’ stretching between Winton and Quilpie. Be sure to call into the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre to learn more about where you can fossick for your own beauty or even purchase your own treasure.

SUPER SAUROPODS

Not just any sauropod - around here you’ll discover the mighty titanosaur sauropod. At the Eromanga Natural History Museum, you’ll meet a couple of local lads called Cooper and George who hit their peak some 95-98 million years ago. These last remaining sauropod groups from the Cretaceous period were huge. In fact they are known as the biggest land-dwelling animals… ever! The bones of Cooper and George are the largest bones of any dinosaur so far discovered in Australia.

MIGHTY MEGAFAUNA

If you’re not sure what megafauna is, then picture giant kangaroos and wombats, huge birds, snakes and lizards. Australian megafauna evolved after dinosaurs became extinct some 66 million years ago. These ‘giants’ were at least 30% larger than their modern day cousins. Some ten species of megafauna have been found in the remote south west town of Eulo. See them at the Eromanga Natural History Museum.

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Our Outback Stations NEW FARM STAY COMING SOON! Stay tuned for more information on Toogunna Plains Farm Stay featuring 18 rustic-themed ensuite cabins, bush kitchen, station tours and beautiful gardens. Fabulous locally sourced food will be a highlight experience. The property is located just 80kms from Quilpie and will ‘lay out the welcome mat’ for singles, couples, families and groups seeking an authentic outback farm stay. www.visitquilpieshire.com 12

CHANNEL COUNTRY HOSPITALITY

What could be better on your outback adventure than a chance to meet local graziers and stay on their stations. Just outside Quilpie in the heart of the red gibber landscape you’ll discover Moble Homestead which has been in the Rutledge family for five generations. Stay a few nights in your choice of private hut, cottage or ensuite room at the family homestead. Enjoy their fabulous hospitality and stunning gardens framing a tranquil waterhole. The family delight in sharing their special part of the Channel Country with the more ‘active explorers’ too. They offer a selection of guided packages and workshops which will appeal to walkers, riders, photographers, artists and birdwatchers alike. If sleeping under the stars is on your ‘to do’ list, then be sure to ask about their authentic camping experience at Bannerman’s Camp too!

SWITCH OFF AND RELAX

Discover The Lake Quilpie, a beautiful natural expanse of water set amongst shady gum trees. Seasonally, an impressive display of water lilies eloquently edges the banks in the shallow water. Native birds flock to this lush oasis, taking pride of place on a 2,500 acre sheep and cattle property that was originally surveyed in the late 1800s. If a campsite with a lake view appeals, you’re in luck! There are loads of open, flat, shady camp sites to choose from. Campers can opt for powered or unpowered sites. There’s also traditional Shearer’s quarters and some self-contained cottages, including one with a private bath-house! Fish, swim, birdwatch or enjoy a soak in the Lakeside bath-house (additional charges apply). Make sure you bring the marshmallows for cosy campfires under a blanket of stars.

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Moble Homestead is 64km from Quilpie and Toompine, and 106km from Eromanga. Bookings essential.
The Lake is located along the Diamantina Developmental Road around 4km east of Quilpie. Bookings essential.
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Quilpie OTHER FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN QUILPIE Join a guided tour from the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre (groups only) Visit the Amy Johnson historical site, Powerhouse Museum & Military History Museum Enjoy a soak in an Artesian Spa at the Channel Country Tourist Park Quilpeta Night Show – a night show that interprets the Quilpie story www.visitquilpieshire.com 14

RICH IN COLOUR

The sun in Queensland’s far south west beckons like a drop of burning gold for curious road-trippers. If you’re looking for colour, you’ll find it in the opal town of Quilpie, specifically the Boulder Opal. Unique to Queensland the formation of this beautiful gemstone dates back one hundred million years ago, at the end of the Jurassic (dinosaurs) period. While in town, try your hand at fossicking, and see the fascinating opal altar at St Finbarrs Church Quilpie also has an impressively colourful pioneering history. Listen for early settler names such as Tully, Durack and Costello. At the Quilpie Local History Museum, discover the link between the Durack family and what some say is the best saga of pastoral Australia ever published – Kings in Grass Castles

“Cattle Kings ye call us, then we are Kings in Grass Castles that may be blown away upon a puff of wind.” – Patsy Durack 1878

BIRTH OF A RAILWAY TOWN

100 odd years ago in April 1917 the Great Western Railway Line came to Quilpie and changed the course of history. The youngest settlement in the Quilpie Shire became the biggest and main business centre. Prior to the rail line, Quilpie was no more than just a few humpies and Adavale was considered the main centre. Grand plans to extend the service further west were abandoned due to wartime restrictions making Quilpie the official ‘end of the line’. Locals tell the story of ‘The Flying Flea’, so named because it was the fastest rail time in Queensland connecting Charleville with Quilpie. Find out more at the Quilpie Rail Museum and take a selfie at the End of the Line!

ARTESIAN WATER WONDER

It’s been hailed as the greatest single event in the history of the Outback and Quilpie residents agree. Artesian water has been the lifeblood of Quilpie since the first bore was sunk in 1933. There’s not much demand in town for hot water systems, rather most residents have cooling tanks. This is because the 97 degree Celsius water is piped straight to the house and needs to be seriously cooled before use! Don’t be concerned with the water’s unique odour - it’s very healthy! Much has been written about the amazing health benefits of Artesian water. Just ask a local!

ROCKING THE SUNSETS

Picture yourself perched atop a rugged rocky summit with nibbles and drinks ready to toast the glorious outback sunset. Located around 6.5km from downtown Quilpie, it’s an easy 10 minute climb to the crest of Baldy Top Lookout Feeling energetic? Consider following the scrambling trail to explore loads of ancient caves and crevices. Also rocking the sunsets is nearby Lake Houdraman aka ‘The Lake’. Home to masses of Aussie birdlife, this privately owned lake is popular for birdwatchers and serenity seekers alike.

Just like the unique Australian bird that is Quilpie’s namesake, there’s a sense of authenticity and downright ‘realness’ when you roll into town. It’s overflowing with Aussie heritage, a vibrant local art scene and outdoor activities.
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Quilpeta Night Show

Take your seat on the expansive green space in front of the supersized outdoor screen for the Quilpeta Night Show. Meet your digital host, Q the Stone Curlew, who will guide you through an interactive journey of the story of Quilpie, stepping back some 95 million years ago. Along the way, you’ll meet giant Titanosaurs Cooper and George, and learn about Quilpie’s First Nation Maranganji people. You’ll discover the colourful Boulder Opal story and early pastoral settlements. It’s a wonderful introduction to Quilpie, its people and the beauty of the Channel Country.

Eromanga

Royal Hotel

Adavale Pub & General Store

Adavale Town Hall

Adavale Cemetery

Outdoor Mini Museum

Adavale Veterans Retreat + Hut

Adavale Sports + Recreation + Tennis Courts

QUILPETA NIGHT SHOW

Start Time: Pre-show drinks & nibbles from 6.00pm**

Clay Target Shooting Range

Eromanga Motel, Caravan Park and Café

Cooper’s Country Lodge

Eromanga Natural History Museum & 4th Trochanter Café

Eromanga Living History Centre

iOR Fuel (24hr card machine only)

Rick’s Memorial

Tennis Courts School

Police Station

Eromanga Hall (Free camping: toilets, showers, dump point)

TO REALLY FEEL THE HEART OF THE QUILPIE COMMUNITY, PAY A VISIT TO RICK’S MEMORIAL

Knot-a-saurus Park

Screening starts at 6.30pm **

Days of operation: Tue, Thu (Mar – Oct)

Location:

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre

Quilpie Visitor Information

51 Brolga Street, Quilpie QLD 4480 P 07 4656 0540 • tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au

Centre Green Space

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This favourite local sunset spot is now a place to remember one of their own, Lance Corporal Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic. August 29, 2022, marks a decade since Lance Corporal Milosevic was killed in Afghanistan, along with two other soldiers. The outback memorial has been created in rusted steel that settles in the red earth of ‘The Jump Up’ with expansive views over the Channel Country towards Quilpie.

Located 54km east of Quilpie.

Quilpie 97km 106km 77km 211km 246km Adavale 204km 176km 187km 345km Eromanga 179km 317km 214km Toompine 288km 319km Charleville 457km Windorah QUILPIE 1 2 5
TOOMPINE
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Map legend - Attractions, Businesses and Accommodation

Adavale

Elegant Emu

Adavale Pub & General Store

Adavale Town Hall

Adavale Cemetery

Outdoor Mini Museum

Adavale Veterans Retreat + Hut

Police Station

Adavale Sports + Recreation + Tennis Courts

Toompine

South Western Hotel

Toompine Town Hall

Clay Target Shooting Range

Polocrosse Fields

Tennis Court

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre

51 Brolga Street, Quilpie QLD 4480

P 07 4656 0540

• tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au

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TOOMPINE

Eromanga

Royal Hotel

Eromanga Motel, Caravan Park and Café

Cooper’s Country Lodge

Eromanga Natural History Museum & 4th Trochanter Café

Eromanga Living History Centre

iOR Fuel (24hr card machine only)

Tennis Courts School

Police Station

Eromanga Hall

(Free camping: toilets, showers, dump point)

Knot-a-saurus Park

Distance Chart

Quilpie 97km 106km 77km 211km 246km Adavale 204km 176km 187km 345km Eromanga 179km 317km 214km Toompine 288km 319km Charleville 457km Windorah QUILPIE 1 2 5
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MARCH

QUILPIE 9’S RUGBY LEAGUE CARNIVAL

ADAVALE MUSTER IN THE MULGA

APRIL

ADAVALE MUSTER IN THE MULGA

EROMANGA RODEO AND CAMPDRAFT

TOOMPINE GUNSHOOT

ANZAC DAY QUILPIE CUP

MAY

QUEENSLAND OPERA

‘LADY SINGS THE MAROONS’ – QUILPIE

JUNE

TOOMPINE POLOCROSSE

JULY

OUTBACK QUEENSLAND GOLF MASTERS

EROMANGA

QUILPIE POLOCROSSE

NAIDOC WEEK

AUGUST

QUILPIE SPORTING CLAYS CLUB CARNIVAL

QUILPIE GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEKEND MIRUSIA UNDER THE STARS

KANGARANGA DO

SEPTEMBER

QUILPIE & DISTRICT SHOW & RODEO

QUILPIE BIKE GYMKHANA & ENDURO

WELCOME BACK TO TOOMPINE BULLOO BUSH BALL QUILPIE

OCTOBER

QUILPIE 2 DAY BOWLS CARNIVAL

NOVEMBER

ST. FINBARR’S SCHOOL FETE CHRISTMAS IN THE GALLERY

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Eromanga

ANCIENT GIANTS

95-98 million years ago dinosaurs stalked this expansive outback land. In fact, the skeletal remains of Australia’s largest dinosaur were found here on a local station. Plunge into the world of dinosaurs and megafauna from the Cretaceous period at the multi-awardwinning Eromanga Natural History Museum If you’re not familiar with the term ‘megafauna’, picture giant kangaroos, wombats, huge birds and more. By giant we mean at least 30% larger than their modern day cousins. Be sure to book in for the Australian Dinosaur Giants tour, Fossil Preparation Experiences and Digs. You can even overnight at the onsite Coopers Country Lodge – it’s 4 star! While in town, be sure to get a photo of the life-size art sculpture of a Sauropod and her two babies at Knot-a-Saurus Park!

LIQUID GOLD

Recent dinosaur discoveries are certainly putting Eromanga on the map. But did you know that the Cooper-Eromanga basin is Australia’s most prolific oil and gas basin which continues to yield new discoveries? It’s hard to imagine that this remote outback town’s IOR Refinery is responsible for refining 1250 barrels a day of crude oil into automotive distillates, jet fuel and specialty chemicals. No worries about fuel for your car in Eromanga, that’s for sure!

A CENTURY OF HISTORY

Feel the clock wind back to 1895 as you step inside the historic Eromanga Royal Hotel Once a staging post for Cobb &

Co coaches, this century-plus-year-old hotel was crafted from locally made bricks. In its heyday it had to compete for business with two other hotels, but today it’s the only pub in town; probably one of the longest continually operating hotels in the outback. Don’t be put off by the Royal’s advanced years either. You are guaranteed a hearty meal and icy cold drinks with a helpful serving of local yarns. The hotel offers ensuite and shared accommodation and caravanners are welcome at the Eromanga Caravan Park, Motel and Cafe. Learn more about Eromanga history at the Eromanga Living History Centre.

Eromanga is located 106km west of Quilpie (fully sealed).

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Eromanga is famous on several counts, firstly for being Australia’s furthest town from the sea and secondly for the significant palaeontological discoveries of Australia’s largest dinosaurs on a local property.

OTHER FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN EROMANGA

Eromanga Living History Centre

Town Historical Walk

Opalopolis Park

Kyabra Creek

Eromanga Motel Cafe

Life-size Dino Sign Photo Opportunity

Knot-a-Saurus Park

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Adavale

THE NAMING OF ADAVALE

Rumour has it that a woman named Ada lost her veil in a freak gust of wind as she and her Government Surveyor husband, William Tully crossed Blackwater Creek.

GATEWAY TO HELL HOLE GORGE & MARIALA NATIONAL PARK

It’s probably not too much of a stretch to say that you could fit the entire population of Adavale into a Toyota Coaster minibus. With just under 20 permanent residents, this traditional Australian boom town’s prospects dramatically changed when the railway went to another town.

A once flourishing town, Adavale like all boom towns, settled quickly and at its peak housed a population of around 300 residents. First gazetted in 1878, it opened its first hotel a couple of years later. If you draw a straight line between Charleville and Windorah, you’ll find Adavale about halfway along; ideal for a Cobb & Co Change Station. Remnants of the old coach road can still be seen in town.

In the late 1800s, the Adavale streetscape would have looked very different; six Pubs, a Police Station, Chinese Market Gardens, Baker Shop, General Store, School,

Hospital and Post Office. With the help of the Adavale Town Interpretive Walk you can get a pretty good idea of town life in busier times. Locals have also created a quirky Outdoor Mini Museum from an old meat-house. It’s filled with relics that could best be described as intriguing and unusual. Definitely worth a look. Complete your town history tour with a visit to the Police Hut Museum and the photographic display at Adavale Shire Hall.

If you find yourself in need of a new handbag or a decadent High Tea, then the Elegant Emu needs to be on your itinerary. Treat yourself to a selection of yummy home baked bread, biscuits, cakes and pastries. Relax on the breezy verandah of what was once the Adavale doctor’s residence. Other town services include the Adavale General Store/Pub (call ahead to ensure the beers are on ice!) and Adavale Veterans Retreat. Coin operated BBQ, toilets, showers and free camping at the Adavale Shire Hall There is no fuel available in town.

Adavale is located 96km north of Quilpie (23km is unsealed).

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THE PUB WITHOUT A TOWN

Toompine Cheepie

So how does a pub end up minus a town? The South Western Hotel (circa 1893) is all that remains of what was a once bustling frontier opal town. This old Cobb & Co staging post became the stomping ground for dusty miners and pioneering pastoralists following the discovery of opal in the 1860s. By the turn of the century Toompine had a police station, several houses, hotel, butcher, blacksmith and stables.

After several years of renovations, the pub is now open and trading 7 days a week. They serve barista coffee & cake, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Excellent fishing and yabbying spots are just a stone’s throw from the pub. Fossick for opal at nearby Duck Creek and Sheep Station Creek Opal Fields. Toompine is located 77km south of Quilpie (fully sealed).

A NEW GENERATION

Quilpie locals, Stu and Kate Bowen, bought the pub in 2019. The two year restoration project became a family affair, with the help of daughter Lauren and son-in-law Sean.

ONCE A TOWN, NOW HOME TO NONE

If you travel east from Quilpie for about 77km you’ll stumble across the remote town of Cheepie.

In another, more prosperous life, Cheepie served as a Cobb & Co Change Station and later a Railhead from Charleville. Turn back the clock to the early 1900s and you’d find a butcher, baker, blacksmith and town policeman. Locals of that time could quench their thirst at the Royal Mail Hotel.

Sadly, little more is known about the hotel except that it burnt down in 1987. Given that the town was a railhead, it naturally housed a railway station, which still stands today – although no longer in Cheepie. It was relocated to Quilpie in 2017 to become what is now the Quilpie Rail Museum.

Cheepie is located 77km east of Quilpie (fully sealed).

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Explore the great Outdoors

Walk, swim, fish or 4WD to experience our dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and ancient heritage. Discover our favourite outdoor experiences.

BULLOO RIVER BLISS

Nothing could be finer than an early morning or late afternoon stroll along the Bulloo River Walk.

Pause along the walk to read native plant interpretive signs or perhaps to rest beneath one of our magnificent Red River Gums. Keep an eye out for our feathered friends too. Perhaps spy a silvery grey Brolga performing its elaborate, wing flapping dance or marvel at a graceful Pelican gliding serenely along the watercourse.

If you’re more of a hunter-gatherer type, then this might be the perfect spot to catch a Yellowbelly (Golden Perch) or snare some delicious Yabbies (fresh-water Crayfish). Pick up your Yabbying Guide to Quilpie at the Visitor Information Centre with tips and tricks and some great local recipes.

Access via Bulloo River Walk

car park, just 1km east from town.

BALDY TOP TO TABLE TOP

Take yourself to higher ground with the choice of two favourite local lookouts.

Begin with a relatively easy 10 minute scramble to the summit of Baldy Top It’s pretty straight forward to pick which of the two red rocky formations is Baldy Top – very few trees on the summit. The curious might like to explore the many caves and crevasses of this impressive, ancient boulder formation. But, those seeking a more sensory experience might prefer to indulge with sunset nibbles and 360 degree view awesomeness. If you’d prefer to stay on the ground there is a new covered picnic area with BBQ facilities at the base – perfect spot for a picnic.

There’s no prize for guessing which formation is Table Top either, due to its flat, table-like summit. The vista from Table Top is no less splendid than Baldy Top, so the choice is yours.

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Baldy Top is around 6.5km from town on the Toompine Road (fully sealed).

LAKE HOUDRAMAN AKA THE LAKE

Around a 10 minute drive north-east of Quilpie you’ll happen upon the lush natural oasis of Lake Houdraman. Now known as The Lake, this natural depression in the Bulloo River floodplain retains water even in drought years. Seasonally thousands of resplendent water lilies frame the edges of the lake like a Monet painting. It’s also a haven to masses of native birds. Swim, fish or simply revitalise in this beautiful expanse of water set amongst shady gum trees. The Lake is on private property and has a number of accommodation options should you wish to stay awhile and enjoy the serenity. Day visitors welcome.

Ask for a local bird brochure from the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.

THE DOWLING TRACK

The Dowling Track is a 4WD adventure experience spanning some 567km from Bourke to Quilpie. Other towns along the track include Hungerford, Thargomindah and Toompine. Explore the Quilpie section of the famous Dowling Track, travelling in the footsteps of early pioneer Vincent James Dowling. This track is not for the novice and is suitable for 4WD/AWD vehicles only. You’ll need to make sure that your vehicle is fit for the trip, carry plenty of water and make sure somebody knows where you are.

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Natural Sciences Loop

DAY 1 - CHARLEVILLE

Welcome to Charleville and the start of the Natural Sciences Loop This is a mind-boggling itinerary packed with some of our most intriguing natural science phenomenon. What better place to begin our journey uncovering the mysteries of natural science than the Cosmos Centre?

By day you can view the Sun, our most important star, through the Hydrogen Alpha Sun Telescope. Bring your smart phone to capture your own Sun image. On the Night Observatory Tour, the entire roof of the Observatory rolls off to reveal stars, planets and the Milky Way shimmering with incredible clarity against dark night skies. Stay 2 nights in Charleville

DAY 2 - CHARLEVILLE

Fancy a rain dance? The Vortex Rainmaker guns in the Graham Andrews Parklands have definitely made an impact on the town. Trialled in Charleville in September 1902, the six guns were fired at two-minute intervals. It was hoped that the vibration caused by the discharge of gas in the clouds would cause rain. Sadly no. But it’s an interesting story. If you are keen to

learn more about our weather patterns, you might visit the Charleville Bureau of Meteorology and watch the release of a weather balloon. Find out why you should join the Easter ‘bilbies not bunnies’ campaign on a visit to the Bilby Experience The work carried out by volunteers to save the Bilby from extinction is nothing short of inspirational. Be prepared to be impressed on a guided tour of the facility with an experienced Bilby Keeper.

DAY 3 - CHARLEVILLE TO CUNNAMULLA

(APPROX 200KM / 2HR 6MIN)

If you would like to know more about the world’s largest underground river, then Cunnamulla is a good place to start. The Great Artesian Basin covers one fifth of Australia and is the life blood of our rural communities. A novel way to learn the story is at The Artesian Time Tunnel in the Cunnamulla Fella Centre. Discover the link between the Artesian Basin, Australia’s largest dinosaurs and the Eromanga Inland Sea. It’s a good story! Continuing the water theme, put on your walking shoes and follow the 2.5km River Walk at sunset to capture the last colours of the day from the

viewing deck. Alternatively, you may like to hire a kayak or take a guided kayak tour of this natural wonderland.

Overnight Cunnamulla

DAY 4 - CUNNAMULLA TO THARGOMINDAH

(APPROX 197KM / 2HR 5MIN)

The Artesian water story turns a bit muddier a further 68 kilometres west in Eulo. Enormous underground pressure from the Great Artesian Basin has forced century old mud through fissures in the ground resulting in Eulo’s Artesian Mud Springs Giant Megafauna fossils have been found in Eulo and you can take a photo with the life-size Diprotodon statue. Spend time exploring Yowah’s ‘living gallery’ with its distinctive opal galleries dotted around town.

‘Thargo’ as the locals call it, was the first town in Australia, and third in the world, to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting. You can discover the story for yourself courtesy of a self-tour Code Card from the Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre.

Overnight Thargomindah

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DAY 5 - THARGOMINDAH TO EROMANGA

(APPROX 280KM / 3HR 6MIN)

Today you’ll travel to Eromanga, reputedly Australia’s furthest town from the sea. It’s located on the edge of the ancient Eromanga Inland Sea. The Eromanga Basin has been explored and developed for petroleum production with the area producing an astonishing 1.5 million barrels of oil each year. Another ancient discovery in Eromanga is dinosaurs. See skeletal remains from one of the largest animals to have walked the earth at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. Picture a large plant-eating sauropod dinosaur, 30 metres long and 6.5 metres high and you’re getting the idea. On the guided Australian Dinosaur Giants tour you can get up close to a 95-million-year-old dinosaur bone, watch fossil preparation in action and see the incredible Eulo megafauna fossils. There’s also a number of scheduled dinosaur and megafauna digs open to visitors at selected times throughout the year. Overnight Eromanga

DAY 6 - EROMANGA TO QUILPIE

(APPROX 106KM / 1HR 16MIN)

Travel east along the fully sealed Cooper Developmental Road to Quilpie. On arrival, make your first stop the Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery Quilpie is home to the exquisite boulder opal. While in town you can try your luck in the free opal fossicking area and see the stunning Opal Altar at St Finbarr’s Church. Quench your thirst and enjoy a great pub meal at the Imperial Hotel

Late this afternoon, drive about 6.5km from Quilpie to take in a spectacular sunset from Baldy Top, a magnificent boulder formation, millions of years old. The relatively easy ten-minute climb to the top will reward you with breathtaking panoramic vistas, the perfect sunset photo stop. Stay 2 nights in Quilpie

DAY 7 - QUILPIE

Uncover the geological mysteries of Hell Hole Gorge National Park with its rugged cliff-lines, deep gorges and rockpools. It’s a 2.5 hour drive from Quilpie, so you’ll need to start early. There are a number of unsealed roads, so a 4WD is essential. Take a break in Adavale along the way and be sure to check road conditions before visiting the National Park.

DAY 8 - QUILPIE TO CHARLEVILLE

(APPROX 211KM / 2HR 30MIN)

Today you’ll visit Cooladdi, one of the smallest towns in Australia to retain is own postcode. Call into the Fox Trap for smoko before continuing your drive back to Charleville. Continue east along State Route 14 to Charleville. Your Natural Sciences Loop concludes here today.

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Queensland South west Adventure

DAY 1 - BRISBANE TO ROMA

(APPROX 504KM / 5HR 20MIN)

Point the car west and travel along the Warrego Highway to Queensland’s Garden City, Toowoomba. Stop for morning tea at Picnic Point, best known for its expansive views across the Great Dividing Range. If time permits, call into the Cobb & Co Museum, before following the tracks of these original people movers to Chinchilla, the Melon Capital of Queensland. Relax on the banks of Charley’s Creek with a picnic lunch.

Next stop is Roma, home of The Big Rig and the gateway to cattle country. At The Big Rig you can choose from a selection of guided and self-guided tours including the popular Night Show Sunset Experience. Join an experienced ‘Roma Rigger’ guide at the base of the towering EMSCO rig to hear stories of intrigue, drama and sabotage. Learn how the events that occurred in Roma threatened to destroy the Australian oil and gas industry - before it even began.

Overnight Roma

DAY 2 - ROMA TO CHARLEVILLE

(APPROX 267KM / 2HR 52MIN)

For a fascinating insight into life on the land, a visit to the largest cattle selling centre in Australia is a must. On most Tuesdays and Thursdays (may vary due to seasonal conditions) you can join a retired farmer or grazier for a guided tour of the Roma Saleyards Imagine the first-hand stories they will share! While there, visit the new multi-media Interpretive Centre (open daily). Grab some refreshments from the onsite canteen (open on sale days) before you travel further west to Mitchell.

See the original courthouse where local bushrangers, the Kenniff Brothers were committed to stand trial then head to Arrest Creek, where they were captured. Cool off with a refreshing swim in the natural artesian water at Mitchell Great Artesian Spa, your last stop before Charleville.

The universe is calling you tonight on the Cosmos Centre Big Sky Observatory Tour

The entire roof of the Observatory rolls off to reveal stars, planets and the Milky Way shimmering with incredible clarity against dark night skies. Stay 2 nights in Charleville

DAY 3 - CHARLEVILLE

Do you want to know a secret? During WWII the Charleville Airfield was a Top Secret Base for the USAAF. Locals were sworn to secrecy about the 3500 American airmen and ground crews who took over this western Queensland airfield in 1942.

DAY 4 - CHARLEVILLE TO QUILPIE (APPROX 211KM / 2HR 30MIN)

Today you’ll visit one of the smallest towns in Australia to retain its own postcode. Cooladdi, taking its name from an Aboriginal term for ‘black duck’, was once home to 270 residents. Now only four remain. Call into the only business in town, the Fox Trap, a pub, post office, restaurant and motel rolled into one.

On arrival in Quilpie, make your first stop the Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery. Quilpie is home to the exquisite boulder opal. While in town you can try your luck in the free opal fossicking area and see the stunning Opal Altar at St Finbarr’s Church. Quench your thirst and enjoy a great pub meal at the Outback Bistro at the Quilpie Club or Imperial Hotel. Late this afternoon, drive approximately 6.5km from Quilpie to take in a spectacular sunset from Baldy Top, a magnificent boulder formation, millions of years old. The relatively easy ten-minute climb to the top will reward you with breathtaking panoramic vistas, the perfect sunset photo stop. Overnight Quilpie

Find out much more and take a peek at the newly uncovered secret sites on a 1.5 hour guided tag-a-long tour.

Head into town to the historic Hotel

Corones for the Stories and Scones tour. The hotel was completed in 1929 during Charleville’s wool boom. With its jazz hall, embossed plaster ceilings and en suite bathrooms it’s not hard to imagine why it was the hotel of choice for graziers, woolbuyers and the odd celebrity!

Be prepared to be impressed on a guided tour of the Bilby Experience with an experienced Bilby Keeper.

DAY 5 - QUILPIE TO EROMANGA

(APPROX 106KM / 1HR 16MIN)

See skeletal remains from one of the largest animals to have walked the earth at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. Picture a large plant-eating sauropod dinosaur, 30 metres long and 6.5 metres high and you’re getting the idea. On the guided Australian Dinosaur Giants tour you can get up close to a 95-millionyear-old dinosaur bone, watch fossil preparation in action and see the incredible Eulo megafauna fossils. While in town, visit the Living History Centre and one of Australia’s iconic outback pubs, the Eromanga Royal Hotel est. 1885. Once a Cobb and Co staging post the hotel was built from locally-made mud bricks, some were kiln fired and others were air dried. As you tuck into your perfectly cooked steak and cool ale in the hotel dining room, spare a thought for the travellers of old. The pub would have been a welcome sight indeed for weary Cobb and Co passengers after a hot and bumpy trip to the furthest town from the sea. Overnight Eromanga

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DAY 6 - EROMANGA TO THARGOMINDAH

(APPROX 280KM / 3HR 6MIN)

Drive around two hours along the Cooper Developmental Road as it skirts the edge of South West Outback, then take the turnoff for the historic Noccundra Hotel. Look closely at the sandstone walls of this 1882 construction. The sandstone was quarried in New South Wales and transported by Camel Train to its present location. You have to ponder the logistics of this! Grab a bite to eat, hire a canoe or do a spot of fishing along the river.

From the hotel it’s then about 1.5 hours to Thargomindah on the banks of the Bulloo River. It was the first town in Australia, and third in the world, to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting. A ‘smart cookie’ came up with the idea to use the water pressure from the Artesian Basin. Collect a swipe card (for a small fee) from the Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre so you can access the Hydro Power Plant, Old Hospital, Old Jail and Leahy House Once inside the attractions, use the card to activate some interesting videos and lifelike holograms – you’ll really feel as though you are part of the story. Overnight Thargomindah

DAY 7 - THARGOMINDAH TO EULO

(APPROX 129KM / 1HR 22MIN)

Start your day with an easy stroll along The Bulloo River Walk beginning at the old Cobb & Co Crossing and ending at Pelican Point Picnic Area. It’s the perfect spot for a quiet barbecue breakfast and the perfect time to glimpse local birdlife.

Head east along the Adventure Way and take the short drive to Lake Bindegolly National Park, a wildlife refuge featuring salt and freshwater wetlands. The park is home to more than 195 species of birds, 80 other kinds of animals and 300 species of plants. Travel through sheep and cattle grazing land to Eulo.

Eulo is well known for its local honey and bees wax products. Take a photo with the life-size Diprotodon statue. Fossils of these giant Megafauna have been found in the Eulo area and are on display in the Eromanga Natural History Museum

Overnight Eulo

DAY 8 - EULO TO CUNNAMULLA

(APPROX 69KM / 45MIN)

Before you leave Eulo this morning, visit the Artesian Mud Springs Built up over centuries these Mud Springs were the original release valves for the Great Artesian Basin. Arrive in Cunnamulla and enter the Artesian Time Tunnel at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre to learn about the world’s largest underground river journey. Just outside of town is the majestic Warrego River, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Follow the 2.5km River Walk at sunset to capture the last colours of the day from the viewing deck. Alternatively, you may like to hire a kayak or take a guided kayak tour of this natural wonderland.

Overnight Cunnamulla

DAY 9 - CUNNAMULLA TO ST GEORGE

(APPROX 293KM / 3HR 14MIN)

The family owned and operated sheep station Charlotte Plains can be accessed on the drive between Cunnamulla and St George. It’s worth calling in to see the 1890s station bore pond but many travellers choose to stay a few days to enjoy the station activities. Continuing east make a stop in Bollon for a walk through the Heritage Centre Arrive in St George and visit Riversands Wines for a wine tasting and vineyard tour. If you’re in town on a Thursday, you can book a tour of a fully operational cotton farm as well. For something a little different, call into the Unique Egg to see the humble emu egg carved into a stunning illuminated piece of art. It’s a world first.

Late afternoon is the ideal time for a relaxing two-hour sunset cruise on the Balonne River. Sandytown River Cruises is an accredited Ecotourism Australia Nature Tour, so you can expect to learn much about the river, local birdlife and native plants. Overnight St George

DAY 10 - ST GEORGE TO BRISBANE

(APPROX 551KM / 5HR 59MIN)

Travel south east along the Carnarvon Highway to Nindigully and the famous Nindigully Pub, the longest continually licensed pub in Queensland. Pack your appetite as the challenge of the ‘road train’ awaits – a whopper 5kg burger, big enough to feed you and 10 of your closest mates.

Continue east along the Barwon Highway to Goondiwindi then take the Gore Highway to Toowoomba. From there you’ll re-join the Warrego Highway back to Brisbane.

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FOSSICK FOR TREASURE

Introduce the kids to a real-life treasure hunt in the opal fossicking area, just 1.5km west of Quilpie. No need to organise a permit for this opportunity to strike it rich either! Call into the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre to purchase some fossicking essentials to keep your find safe on your journey. You’ll be amazed at how engrossed the kids will be as they sift through the offcuts to find their forever treasure.

Family Fun

Bring the kids to Quilpie

CATCH & COOK YABBIES

Whilst most country kids are familiar with catching yabbies in rivers and farm dams, it’s likely that this is something new to city kids. A popular method involves tying a piece of meat as bait to a few metres of string or fishing line. A net is used to quickly scoop up the hungry yabby as it takes the bait. If they are lucky, they might just catch enough for dinner. With Mum and Dad’s help, the yabbies can be cooked over the campfire for a delicious finish to the day.

Ask for a yabbying guide from the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre

DIG FOR DINOSAURS

Learn how to prepare fossils at the Eromanga Natural History Museum as part of their Family Fossil Preparation program. Children under the age of 18 can learn the basics of fossil preparation. On the included Australian Dinosaur Giants tour they’ll observe the processes around digging, discovering and preserving fossils. Then after a short induction, they’ll get hands on into fossil preparation. Definitely a story to tell their science teacher back at school.

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Check List

WATCH THE QUILPETA NIGHT SHOW

KAYAK/SWIM IN THE LAKE

SPOT THE RIVER ROOSTERS ALONG THE BULLOO RIVER

CATCH SOME YABBIES (Grab yabbying brochure from VIC)

EXPLORE THE CAVES OF BALDY TOP

MEET COOPER AT EROMANGA NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

HAVE A DELICIOUS HIGH TEA EXPERIENCE AT THE ELEGANT EMU

FOSSICK FOR OPAL AND VISIT ST. FINBARR’S CHURCH

EXPLORE HELL HOLE GORGE

LUNCH AT TOOMPINE

CATCH AN EVENT

VISIT THE QUILPIE POOL –IT’S FREE (Seasonal)

BICENTENNIAL PARK PLAYGROUND, BBQ’S, SKATEPARK, TENNIS COURTS

KNOT-A-SAURUS PARK IN EROMANGA –DINOSAUR SCULPTURES

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Quilpie ACCOMMODATION

Channel Country Tourist Park Chipu Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2087

Imperial Hotel Motel

42 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1300

Moble Homestead

3176 Tobermory Road, Quilpie 07 4656 4731

Quilpie Brick Hotel Brolga Street 0488 752 434

Quilpie Motor Inn 80 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1277

The Lake Diamantina Developmental Road 0418 947 955

DINE IN & TAKEAWAY

Imperial Hotel Motel 42 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1300

Offshear’s Bakery

41 Brolga Street, Quilpie 0488 055 655

Outback Bistro at The Quilpie Club

Brolga Street, Quilpie 0491 841 544

The Old Empire Café

24 Brolga Street, Quilpie 0475 003 040

Unstable Coffee Brolga Street, Quilpie

unstable.coffee@outlook.com

FOOD STORES

Meads Foodworks 21 Boonkai Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1188

Paulsen Bros Friendly Grocer 19 Buln Buln Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1377

Quilpie Butchery

9-11 Buln Buln Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1126

BANKS

NAB 29 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4583 5400

ATMS

Imperial Hotel Motel 42 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1300

Meads Foodworks 21 Boonkai Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1188

Paulsen Bros Friendly Grocer 19 Buln Buln Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1377

The Quilpie Club Inc Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1388

POST OFFICE

Quilpie Licenced Post Office 44 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1147

TYRES, MECHANCIAL &

HARDWARE

Gilby & Tonkin Mechanical

8 Chulungra Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2380

Kev Richardson Welding Quilpie 07 4656 1600

O.C. Heavy Vehicle Repairs Sommerfield Road 0418 221 510

Quilpie Hardware & Tyre Service 80 Winchu Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2050

Springall’s Mechanical 57 Sommerfield Road, Quilpie 0427 820 386

FUEL SUPPLIES

IOR (Account holders or via APP) Brolga Street, Quilpie 1300 457 467

Lowes Petroleum & Fuel Depot 50 Sommerfield Road, Quilpie 07 4656 1134

The Old Empire Café 24 Brolga Street, Quilpie 0499 915 586

GAS REFILLS

Elle’s News Quilpie 31 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1166

Quilpie Hardware & Tyre Service 80 Winchu Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2050

OTHER RETAIL & SERVICES

Allan Kisiel Opals Brolga Street, Quilpie 0407 741 665

Containers for Change

Chipu Street, Quilpie 0409 474 164

Elle’s News Quilpie 31 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1166

Quilpie Country Collections Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1271

Helen’s Hair & Beauty Brolga Street, Quilpie 0481 295 607

Hewsonhall Electrical Centre Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1311

Lyn Barnes Outback Art 17 Sommerfield Road, Quilpie 0428 561 461

Outback Hair Studio 38 Brolga Street, Quilpie 0429 977 718

Quilpie Hardware & Tyre Service 80 Winchu Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2050

Roos Laundromat Brolga Street, Quilpie 0422 838 884

RURAL AGENTS & REAL ESTATE

Adcock Partners 27 Brolga Street, Quilpie 0428 020 289

Elders Rural Services 56 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4650 0600

Grant Daniel Long (GDL)

26 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2550

Nutrien Ag Solutions

43 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1155

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MEDICAL & PHARMACY

CWAATSICH

49 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1391

Quilpie Hospital 30 Gyrica Street, Quilpie 07 4656 0100

Quilpie Medical Practice 30 Gyrica Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1158

Quilpie Pharmacy

38 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 2254

SPORT AND RECREATION

All about Aquatics (Quilpie Swimming Pool) 10 Brolga Street, Quilpie 0413 201 534

Quilpie Bowlers Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1388

Quilpie Golf Club Eagle Drive, Quilpie

0476 166 378

Quilpie Gym (Quilpie Sport and Recreation Inc.)

q.sportrec@gmail.com

Quilpie Sporting Clays Club Inc. quilpiesportingclays@gmail.com

Eromanga

Toompine

GENERAL SERVICES

Mining Registrar & Court House

Buln Buln Street, Quilpie 07 4656 1266

PAYPHONE

Corner Jabiru & Chipu Street, Quilpie.

Quilpie Licenced Post Office 44 Brolga Street, Quilpie

Please note: Quilpie Shire only has Telstra phone service Quilpie Cemetery 07 4656 0500

Quilpie Shire Council 51 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 0500

Quilpie Shire Library 07 4656 0550

Quilpie Swimming Pool 0413 201 534

Roos Laundromat Brolga Street, Quilpie 0422 838

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SERVICES Quilpie Fire Station 61 Pegler Street, Quilpie 000 Quilpie Police Station Buln Buln Street, Quilpie 07 4656 8181
EMERGENCY
Mobile phone coverage: Telstra only within town area. ACCOMMODATION Eromanga Royal Hotel Deacon Street, Eromanga 07 4656 4837 Eromanga Motel & Caravan Park & Cafe Webber Street, Eromanga 07 4656 3276 Cooper’s Country Lodge 2 Dinosaur Drive, Eromanga 07 4656 3084 DINE IN/TAKEAWAY Eromanga Royal Hotel Deacon Street, Eromanga 07 4656 4837 Eromanga Motel & Caravan Park & Cafe Webber Street, Eromanga 07 4656 3276 Eromanga Natural History Museum 2 Dinosaur Drive, Eromanga 07 4656 3084 FUEL SUPPLIES IOR – Diesel and Unleaded Webber Street, Eromanga Please note this is 24hour card only. OTHER Eromanga Natural History Museum 2 Dinosaur Drive, Eromanga 07 4656 3084
note there is no fuel available in Adavale. Phone coverage: Telstra only within the township.
Camping is available at the Adavale Shire Hall Adavale Veteran Retreat Shepherd Street, Adavale 0491 897 966 DINE IN & TAKE AWAY Adavale Pub and General Store Shepherd Street, Adavale 07 4656 4656 Elegant Emu Nelson Street, Adavale 0408 296 404
Adavale Please
ACCOMMODATION
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