Outback Towns

Quilpie

Quilpie is home to about 600 people and produces Australia's National Gemstone - opal.

About Quilpie

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Quilpie – Home of Boulder Opal

Situated on a mulga ridge on the western bank of the Bulloo River, Quilpie's importance is as a railhead. It is an ‘Oasis in the Desert’ - hot and dusty in summer with the temperature during January and February exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, while winters are mild.

Quilpie is the home of Boulder Opal and is a mecca for serious miners, enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Quilpie Opal

The town houses three opal shops in the main street of town or visit the opal altar at St. Finbarr's Catholic Church. Try your luck at finding opal at the public fossicking area located on the western outskirts of Quilpie.

Amy Johnson Terminal at the Quilpie Airport documents the life of the epic aviatist Amy Johnson and her landing in Quilpie in 1930.

Artwork - The Quilpie Museum & Visitor Centre features an Art Gallery, which display's a new exhibition monthly, showcasing local talent as well as artists from all over the country. Admire the 45m mural gracing the main street and visit the 'Lyn Barnes Gallery'. Local artisan Brian Rutledge also creates a wide range of iron furniture and art pieces.

Bulloo River Walk - a relaxing way to appreciate the native flora and fauna of the Bulloo River Catchment.

The Bulloo River is a popular site to do a spot of fishing. Common fish caught include Yellowbelly and Bream, while Yabbies and Shrimp can also be found.

Lake Houdraman is located 6.5km north of Quilpie and at Mariala National Park

bush camping is permitted.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs