Welcome to where the Mulga meets the Channel Country!
The Quilpie Shire stretches from the semi-arid/arid Mulga plains across the ancient inland sea whose vestiges created the distinctive Channel Country geography.
The ancient watercourses support Mulga trees and shrubs and provide the most productive pastures for extensive grazing agriculture.
There are eight recognised Indigenous nations across the south west area of Queensland: Kooma, Bidjara, Kunja, Mandigan, Budjiti, Murrawarra and Boonthamurra. Their ancestors were critical to the survival of early European settlers and graziers. This is most notably recognised in the history of the Dig Tree, commemorating the 1860-1861 expedition by Burke and Wills.
Permanent waterholes and periodic torrents of substantial water allowed Aboriginal people to live in great numbers in the Channel Country. This land was at the heart of an extensive network of trade routes and dreaming pathways that linked this part of the land with the rest of the continent.
Throughout the region the heritage of the Aboriginal people is evident in fish traps in river systems, stone arrangements, camp sites, art work and burial grounds.
Early settlers established large grazing properties for sheep and cattle that are often now owned by fifth generations of the same families.
The distinctive geography also left a legacy of oil and gas deposits that have been mined in the Cooper Basin of Queensland since 1959.
And, more recently the discovery of Australia’s largest dinosaur can be seen at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. The spectacular centre is now open to the public for guided tours.
Quilpie Shire is filled with experiences, characters and beauty you won’t find anywhere else in the world – take the time to see them all during your visit.
Things to do Across Quilpie Shire – Top Attractions
Stop in at the Quilpie Visitors’ Centre for a personalised guide on what the best attractions are and what is on in town. Whether it’s a street market; a rodeo; a country cricket carnival; an art gallery or a polocrosse event…everywhere you turn there’s something special to see and do in the Quilpie Shire.
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