Things To Do

* Visit the Adavale Mini Museum
* Have your photo taken beside the Giant Beer Can in front of the Adavale Pub
Visit during the Adavale Annual Campdraft, Gymkhana and Bull Bonanza
* Go fishing, yabbying or birdwatching at Blackwater Creek
* Visit the historic Adavale Cemetery


This former grazing property was used to breed horses for Cobb & Co. stagecoaches in the early 1900’s!

Visit Mariala National Park, conserving over 27,300 hectares of scarps, ranges and deeply weathered plains. Mulga vegetation dominates the park, supporting rare and threatened plants and animals. The harsh beauty of Mariala favours low-impact nature based activities, photography and bushwalking. Birdwatching can be especially rewarding with more than 140 different birds recorded in the park, including the vulnerable Major Mitchell Cockatoo and the rare Square-Tailed Kite. A colony of threatened Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies has been established in the park. A species of significance is a rare Hakea, which has only been recorded in the Adavale-Cheepie area of Queensland. Mariala National Park is very remote and visitors must be totally self sufficient as there is no ranger on the Park. Ensure you take extra food, water, fuel, first aid kit and spare parts for your vehicle. Take a compass when exploring as there are no formal walking trails. Visit in the cooler months as summer days can be very hot and winter nights very cold. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended as all roads are unsealed and may become impassable when wet. For further information contact: Environmental Protection Agency at Charleville Phone: (07) 4654 1418. Mariala National Park is situated 46 kilometres from Adavale and 106 kilometres from Quilpie. 


Take time in your travels to stop at the nearby river and read the commemorative memorial and admire the work done at the Floodway over 50 years ago. The Blackwater Creek Floodway was built in 1949-1951 by a group of Polish migrants, whose first introduction to life in Australia was the arid landscape of Outback Queensland. The 12 men arrived in Quilpie in 1949 and as migrants were contracted to the Department of Main Roads for one year. The men spoke little or no English, but were warmly welcomed by the people of Quilpie and Adavale. They lived in tents just outside Adavale and were taught English by the local community. When the floodway was completed, some of the men stayed on in the district and married local girls. A Stone Cairn which was unveiled in 1999, commemorates the amazing work carried out by the Polish workers and also recognises the assistance of the local community in helping them settle in a new country.


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