- Population 45
- Distance from Quilpie 123km West
Eromanga is famous on several counts, firstly for being the furthest town from the sea in Australia and secondly for the significant palaeontological discoveries of Australia’s largest dinosaurs on a property near Eromanga. Several dinosaurs have been unearthed and the bones are now displayed in the Eromanga Natural History Museum located 3km from Eromanga. A visit to this Museum is absolute must while you are here! And don’t miss your chance to get a photo of a Sauropod and her 2 babies at Knot-A-Saurus Park!
The Eromanga region also has the claim to fame of being the largest oil producing area in mainland Australia. The township plays host to a mini refinery that has been continuously refining 1250 barrels per day of crude oils into automotive distillates, jet fuel and specialty chemicals. The IOR Refinery has fuel available for visitors via a 24hr card machine.
The Old Royal Hotel, built in 1885, is one of the original buildings and was once a Cobb & Co Staging Post. Make your way there every Saturday for the local community BBQ, with all proceeds going to charity or local groups.
Take a walk around the town’s historical walk and enjoy the informational signs depicting the history of the buildings that once stood. Discover more about Eromanga at the Living History Centre incorporating an Object Theatre and enjoy a picnic in the park adjoining the Museum and check out the stunning Opal Mining Memorial. There is also well maintained public showers and toilets within the Community Hall and a dump point behind the Hall.
- Phone(07) 4656 3084
- Open all year
- Monday to Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm
- Weekends: 9.00am-5.00pm
The Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) houses Australia’s largest dinosaur!
Come and meet ‘Cooper’…A 95-98 million-year-old titanosaur! You’ll be amazed and fascinated when you visit the growing number of scientifically significant fossil discoveries in the heart of the South West Queensland Channel Country. It also is home to some of the world’s largest megafauna and an array of microfauna, discovered nearby in Eulo, these are estimated to be 50,000 – 100,000 years old.
Stage 1 has been built meeting international museum standards, on dedicated 167-hectare site three kilometres outside of Eromanga, approximately one hours’ drive west from Quilpie. As a premier tourism attraction, it will dedicate itself to celebrating the prehistoric history and the amazing diversity of life of outback Australia – from the tiniest fossils the size of a sugar grain, to the mightiest dinosaurs Australia has ever seen.
This unique fossil collection represents the extensive Australian dinosaurs, mega fauna, micro fauna and plants, which grows each year and is a quality and quantity rarely seen in context of a single collection. ENHM offers a range of tours and experiences, learn to prep fossils and join fossil digs. Their guided tour, The Australian Giants Tour runs four times a day. So come along, pick up a bone or take a picture with Cooper’s replication and immerse yourself in a journey back in time.
Cooper’s Country Lodge
Experience the Australian Outback and the home of Australia’s largest dinosaur ‘Cooper’ and enjoy the blissful Cooper’s Country Lodge onsite at the Eromanga Natural History Museum. This exciting new outback stay in South West Queensland lets you experience the best of both worlds the past and the present. Their brand-new air-conditioned rooms offer a perfect base nestled into the Australian outback. Enjoy the fresh air and the star filled night skies onsite in the Eromanga Natural History Museum Nature Reserve. Rooms are semi self-catering, self-contained and have a classic Australian character that sets the scene for a memorable and distinctive stay.
For more information on accommodation please contact the Eromanga Natural History Museum on:
The Eromanga Living History Centre is a free entry, self-guided tour facility.
The centre derives from the rich heritage that Eromanga once had and still has to offer.
Take a step back into the life of a 1900’s Country Women’s Association (CWA) member or gain an understanding of the various driving forces behind the region.
Further, there is an amazing collection of period items that have been kindly donated from locals for the centre.
The Centre also offers a great introduction to the Eromanga Dinosaur Project. Situated within the perimeters of Opalopolis Park, the Eromanga Living History Centre is well worth the stop in. Keys for facility are available at the Royal Hotel and Eromanga Café.
“Knot-A-Saurus Park” is an amazing sculpture of a Sauropod and her 2 babies made out of 100-metre lengths of twisted aluminium.
It is situated on the southern side of town as you leave town west for Noccundra Hotel or Innamincka.
The QLD Government commissioned this sculpture for the G20 in 2014 who then donated it to the “Outback Gondwana Foundation” (ENHM’s governing body). Eromanga community are working together to make this into a tourist stop, currently there is a picnic table and shaded area with planned gardens for the future.
Knot-A-Saurus Park is also home to a Chinese garden heritage site and a Chinese well from the early 1900’s.
Knot-A-Saurus Park is not only the perfect place to stop and have lunch; it has perfect photo opportunities.
Quilpie to Eromanga to Quilpie (Return via Kyabra Road)
Points Of Interest:
- Photo opportunity at the Grey Range
- See the results of the 1937 grasshopper plague
- Oil donkey and the Inland Oil Refinery
- Australia’s Largest Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum
- Historical Walk of Eromanga
- Living History Museum in Eromanga
- Kyabra Waterhole
- Thylungra Waterhole (once the home to the Durack family of “Kings In Grass Castles” fame
- Red Sand Hills
- Baldy Top Lookout
Things to know before you go:
- Fuel is available at Eromanga via 24-hour card machine only.
- The Eromanga Natural History Museum conducts guided tours. Please check times and prices prior to leaving Quilpie.
- Food & refreshments are available at the Royal Hotel or Eromanga Café.