- Population 2
- Distance from Quilpie 80km South
The sign at this old Cobb. & Co. staging post says it all: Toompine – the pub with no town!
Toompine is situated along the “Dowling Track”, named after legendary explorer and pastoralist Vincent Dowling. The South Western Hotel, locally known as the Toompine Hotel is all that remains of this once bustling town, which came about due to the discovery of opal nearby in the 1860’s.
This iconic outback pub is over 120 years old and is a great place to have a beer or two and a yarn with the locals. Book into the “Toompine Terraces” for a night or two or free camp around the pub grounds. Great meals are available from the pub day and night.
Ask at the pub for directions to the best fishing spots and to the local “Cemery”, just a kilometre down the road. You can even have a round of golf on the sand green course.
Toompine is a great base from where you can fossick for Opal at Duck Creek & Sheep Station Creek Opal fossicking areas. Fossicking Licences are required and can be obtained from the Mining Registrar in Quilpie.
Quilpie to Duck Creek & Sheep Station Creek to Toompine to Quilpie
Points Of Interest:
- Get a taste for fossicking at the council run fossicking area before you leave Quilpie.
- Fossick for opal at the Duck Creek & Sheep Station Creek fossicking areas (permit required)
- Visit the iconic “Pub With No Town” at Toompine and learn about this once bustling opal town.
- Keep an eye out for the things that make this quirky pub such a tourist attraction, such as the blue tractor and the “Cemery”.
- St. Finbarr’s Opal Altar, Font & Lectern
Things to know before you go:
- This trail has approx. 115km of unsealed roads.
- No mobile reception at fossicking areas.
- Fuel is not available at Toompine so be sure to fill up before you go.
- Food and refreshments are available at the Toompine Hotel.
- A fossicking permit is required for Duck Creek & Sheep Station Creek