The diversity of habitats in Quilpie lend themselves to a vast range of wildlife, animals, breeds of cattle and sheep, and birdlife. To the west, towards Eromanga, is the best place to spy the majestic wedge-tailed eagle soaring on a thermal current in search of prey. At dusk and dawn, you can see wallabies and kangaroos feeding in the scrubby undergrowth. The graceful brolga can usually be seen in pairs, courting each other with a dance that would rival a royal ballet.
Lake Houdraman is a beautiful expanse of water set among shady gum trees. Seasonally, millions of glorious cream water lilies line the banks in the shallow water. Visiting such a lush oasis makes it difficult to believe this is outback Queensland. At Lake Houdraman, all manner of water birds can be heard calling to each other and you can spend hours of enjoyment capturing them on film or in the sight of your binoculars. You may even be fortunate enough to see the rare freckled duck gliding through the calm water. The visitor centre has a full colour pictorial guide to the birds of the region to enhance your bird watching experience in the Quilpie Shire.
The Bulloo River is nearby. Try your luck at fishing for yellowbelly or catching yabbies in the nearby creek. Please note this is a total carp-free zone and heavy fines apply to offenders using carp for bait. Take a stroll along the river walk on the shady banks of the Bulloo River. Interpretative signs are positioned along the way to tell you about the variety of trees and this is an ideal spot for more birdwatching.
Three national parks are found in the Quilpie Shire but only two are presently open to the public. Mariala National Park is a remote wilderness and home to yellow-footed rock wallabies, echidnas and wallaroos. Take your binoculars for spectacular bird watching opportunities. Bush camping is permitted at Mariala National Park but you must be fully self sufficient and obtain a camping permit. Bring extra supplies and inform a responsible person of your expected return dates.
Bulloo River Walk (don’t forget to get your bird guide from the visitor centre)
Picnic at Lake Houdraham,6.5km from Quilpie
Visit the wool scour plaque at the Quilpie Airport
Learn about Amy Johnson’s landing in Quilpie
Visit the artesian bore and try a cold glass of bore water
Climb Baldy Top Lookout, 7.4km from Quilpie
Learn about the birds that are the street names of Quilpie
Did You Know
Organic merino wool, produced in the Quilpie shire, has been used to make clothes for New York fashion week.