- Population 15
- Distance from Quilpie 96km North
Dating from 1880, Adavale was once a thriving town and business centre. Changing the planned railway from Adavale to what is now Quilpie was the beginning of the end for this pioneering town’s prosperity. Graves dating from the early 1800’s are a testament to the harsh lifestyle and daily struggle of the early settlers and make for an interesting visit to the town cemetery.
While you are in town explore more of the town’s history by taking a stroll along the historical walk. Informational signs explain the history of each site and help you visualise what this once bustling town looked like. Relics from over a century ago are on display in the outdoor mini museum and the Police Hut Museum in the Shire Hall grounds is filled with history of Adavale’s Police Force.
The Adavale Hall grounds also have a coin operated BBQ, picnic table and chairs, toilets and showers and offer free camping for visitor’s convenience. While you are here, take a walk along the veranda of the Hall and enjoy the incredible historical photos from Adavale’s past.
Lovers of the great outdoors and the outback scenery will love Adavale, as the drive from Quilpie is one of the most scenic in the Shire. Adavale is home to great fishing spots, birdwatching and is also the gateway to the stunning Hell Hole Gorge National Park, Mariala National Park and Idalia National Park.
Before travelling to Adavale or Hell Hole Gorge National Park, be sure to check road conditions with the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre.
Hell Hole Gorge is part of the Powell Plateau, which forms part of the Grey Range
The deeply incised Powell Creek with steep, dissected escarpments and vertical cliffs up to 45m high, drains through the centre of the area along with the smaller Spencers and Gorge Creek.
Hell Hole Gorge National Park is scenically attractive and provides opportunities for camping and related activities such as 4WDing, hiking, bird watching, swimming and photography. The rugged gullies associated with Powell Creek invite exploratory walks looking for unusual plants or glimpses of the diverse animal life. There are no formal walking tracks.
Access roads within the park follow old seismic lines and boundary fences. Powell Creek crossing to camp ground area is guided by indicators fixed to rock surfaces, following these markers will guide you safely across.
Hell Hole Gorge National Park is located approx. 180km North of Quilpie via Adavale. From Quilpie there are 2 roads to Adavale:
RED ROAD: Approx. 98km from Quilpie to Adavale. This road is mostly sealed with a 7km unsealed section. To access this road head east from Quilpie along the Charleville Road for 13km then turn left onto the Red Road.
BLACK ROAD: Approx. 96km to Adavale. This road is unsealed. To access this road head along the Charleville Road for approx. 2km then turn left onto the Black Road.
Hell Hole Gorge National Park approx. 80km northwest of Adavale along the Milo-Gooyea Road. (You will come to a turn off from the Milo-Gooyea Road that winds its way to the main gate to the park but it will be signed so keep an eye out). These roads travel through privately operated cattle stations; access and roadside camping off or along these main roads is prohibited.
For more information about the parks rules and regulations and what to know before you go be sure to pick up a detailed brochure from the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre and you can even make your park bookings while you’re there!
Quilpie to Adavale to Hell Hole Gorge to Quilpie
Points Of Interest:
- Stunning scenery of the Australian Outback
- Blackwater Creek floodway memorial site
- Public phone box on stilts
- Outdoor mini museum which was once the meat house of one of the original Hotels
- Adavale historical town walk
- Historical graves at the Cemetery
- Police Hut Museum in the original Jail Cell
- Visit the Historic Adavale Pub, voted Best Bush Pub in 2012
- See the Dingo Barrier Fence
- Hell Hole Gorge National Park
- Hike and Bush walk along the stunning Gorge
- Swim in the beautiful water holes
- Birdwatch and take some amazing photos
- Picnic lunch along the Gorge
Things to know before you go:
- This trail has approx. 174km of unsealed roads
- Fuel is not available in Adavale so you will need to carry enough fuel to get to and from the National Park and back to Quilpie
- There is no mobile reception at Hell Hole Gorge National Park so it is essential to let someone know of your travel plans
- Food and refreshments are available at the Adavale Pub & General Store