Quilpie is on the banks of the Bullo River in the outback's famous Channel Country. The town was established as a rail centre for the area's large sheep and cattle properties. Today it is better known as an opal town and, in particular, for the 'Boulder Opal'. The world's largest concentration of this opal is found in the area surrounding Quilpie. The town takes its name from the Aboriginal word 'quilpeta', meaning 'stone curlew'.
51 Brolga St; (07) 4656 0540
Nearby national parks
Museum and gallery: historical and modern exhibitions; closed Sat–Sun from Oct–Mar; visitor centre, Brolga St.
St Finbarr's Catholic Church: unique altar, font and lectern made from opal-bearing rock; Buln Buln St.
Opal sales: various town outlets.
Lyn Barnes Gallery: outback-inspired paintings; Brolga St.
Mariala National Park The park was formerly used to breed Cobb & Co. horses in the early 1900s. It is remote with spectacular contrasts – the rich red earth mixed with green vegetation of mulga trees and shrubs. The threatened yellow-footed rock wallaby and pink cockatoo find refuge in this park. There are no formal walking trails. You can bush camp, but visitors must be self-sufficient. 4WD is recommended; roads may become impassable in the wet season. (07) 4654 1255; 130 km NE.
Lake Houdraman:popular watersports and recreation area; river road to Adavale; 6 km NE.
Baldy Top: large geological formation with spectacular views; 6 km S.
Opal fields: guided tours (no general access); details from visitor centre; 75 km W.
Toompine: historic hotel, cemetery and designated opal-fossicking areas nearby; 76 km S.
Eromanga: this place is reputedly Australia's furthest town from the sea. It features the Royal Hotel, once a Cobb & Co. staging post, and holds a rodeo at Easter; 103 km W.
Campsites around town
Bush camping areas 98 kmBush camping is permitted for self-sufficient campers along Adavale–Charleville Rd in the park. Be aware that there is no ranger in the park (a permit is required before entering), the local water supply is... Find out more
What's on around town
Kangaranga Doo: Aug/Sept.
Wool and Flower Show: includes show and rodeo;