The major town in the shire, Quilpie is home to a resident population of around 650. All the services and amenities you need are here. A stay in Quilpie can be as busy or as relaxing as you choose. Picnic or catch a Yellowbelly or some Yabbies in the river or swim a few lazy laps of the pool (free entry!). 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. Join local residents for a social game of bowls or a round of golf, visitors are always welcome!
The furthest town from the ocean in Australia, a visit to Eromanga is a claim to fame on your outback adventure! Not to be missed is the opportunity to visit the Eromanga Natural History Museum, a working scientific facility which is home to Cooper, Australia’s largest dinosaur. Tours run daily and 4 star accommodation is available on site. Eromanga is a little over an hour west of Quilpie and is home to 80 residents.
Adavale is closest township to the spectacular Hell Hole Gorge National Park. With a population of 15, the hub of this small community is the Adavale Hotel and Store, providing meals, accommodation, postal services and limited grocery items. Free camping is also available, and escorted 4WD tours can be arranged.
With a population of just 2, the owners of the ‘pub with no town’ will give you a warm, friendly welcome the moment you drop by. Accommodation, camping facilities and excellent meals are available, so take the time to explore the local ‘cemery’, do some fishing, opal fossicking or birdwatching. You may be fortunate to be in town for one of Toompines popular events that draw visitors from across the region.
Cheepie was once a Cobb & Co change station and for a short time from 1914 was the railhead from Charleville. At its peak Cheepie had a police station, blacksmith, railway station, tent boarding houses, butcher shop, bakery and two organic vegetable gardens. The town water supply was originally brought in by train and stored in tanks but later water was taken from nearby Beechal Creek. All that remains in the township is a private residence and one long-time resident.