Population – 654
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. 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, Durack 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 Visitors Information Centre, Museum and Gallery. Access the FREE WI-FI at the Visitor Information Centre in air-conditioned comfort.
Outback Art in Quilpie has taken off faster than the talented artists can keep up with. Admire the murals and sculptures in the main street. The Quilpie Shire Gallery at the Visitor Information Centre features 6 exhibitions per year showcasing local talent as well as artists from all over the country. The “Eagle Gallery” is a visual delight exhibiting the paintings of gifted local artist Lyn Barnes. Stop and admire the mural and cattle silhouettes along Brolga Street.
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.
Annual Events include Quilpie Diggers Race Day, Outback Fringe Festival, Kangaranga Do Festival, Quilpie & District Show & Rodeo and “Pride of the West” Station Challenge Race Day. To view a complete calendar with dates please visit Quilpie Visitor Information Calendar.