QUILPIE …..Population - 654
A stay in Quilpie can be as busy or as relaxing as you choose. Picnic at beautiful Lake Houdraman, catch a Yellowbelly or some Yabbies in the river or swim a few lazy laps of the pool. Sit back and enjoy the unique flora and fauna throughout the surrounding countryside. Those ready for action can spend the day fossicking for opals, climb and explore Baldy Top Lookout or go four wheel driving through the endless landscape that is Australia’s Outback. Listen for famous names such as Tully, Durrack and Costello, who were among the first settlers. Hear about the struggles during the flood and drought and the hardship of isolation from the people who experienced it, on the interactive CD at the Quilpie Museum and Visitors Centre. Access the internet at the Library in air-conditioned comfort.
Quilpie is home to “The Jewel of the Outback”, the exquisite boulder opal. Throughout the town, you can purchase souvenirs, jewellery and display pieces made from this beautiful gem. Try your luck at the free opal fossicking area and visit St Finbarr’s Church and admire the stunning Opal Altar, Lectern and Font.
Visit the literal “End of the Railway Line”, the old Powerhouse Museum and the Mini Museum at the Airport, dedicated to the old Wool Scour and the unexpected landing of Amy Johnson
Take a stroll along the Bulloo River Walk on the shady banks of the river. Interpretative signs are positioned along the way to inform you about the variety of trees and plants. The waterways of Quilpie Shire are ideal for bird watching and fishing.