There are so many fun events and activities happening over the Easter Long weekend right around the entire Natural Sciences Loop but we thought we’d give you a few reasons to visit with a focus on the Quilpie Shire.
- Discover the Quilpie Opal
Did you know that the Quilpie Shire is home to the Boulder Opal?
Boulder Opal is gem or common opal which has formed in crevices or cracks in iron or sandstone boulders. It is found only in Queensland and the precious variety is known for its vibrant colour.
There are some great ways to enjoy the Boulder Opal in Quilpie such as visiting St. Finbarr’s Church and admiring the beautiful Opal Altar or fossicking for your very own Opal at the local free fossicking site. Make sure you grab yourself a fossicking kit from the information Centre before you head out.
If you prefer to shop for your Opal than dig it up yourself then the local Opal shops and the Visitor Information Centre have a great range of local opal jewellery and unset stones.
- Bulls and barrels in Eromanga
Dust off that Akubra, pack your swag and saddle your horse! The best place to spend the Easter Weekend in 2022 is at the annual Eromanga Campdraft and Rodeo.
The weekend kicks off Friday 15th April and continues through to Easter Sunday, the 17th. All weekend you can replenish with the bar and canteen and free campsites and amenities are available at the Rodeo Grounds.
Saturday afternoon see’s all the action of the Rodeo as the Outback’s best Cowboys try to stay the 8 seconds. After the rodeo, have a drink and meet the local folk of the area and dance the night away in the dust. This event promises to be a fun-filled weekend for the whole family.
To stay up to date with information for this event visit: (1) Eromanga District Rodeo Assoc. | Facebook
- Meet Cooper
While you’re in Eromanga you can’t forget to visit Cooper. Who is Cooper you might ask? Well he’s only got this small claim to fame really…..of being Australia’s LARGEST DINOSAUR that is!!
Just 3km from Eromanga you will find the Eromanga Natural History Museum – the home of Cooper. Book ahead for one of their 4 daily Australian Dinosaur Giants Tour or ask about their Family Prep program where you could be working on a 90 million year old Dinosaur.
For more information on the Museum and their Easter opening hours visit: www.enhm.com.au
- Break some clays in Toompine
Why not spend your Easter Saturday & Sunday in good company and a great atmosphere at the annual Toompine Easter Gun shoot.
Participate in the competition or sit back and watch the self-proclaimed outback professionals of the Clay Target Shooting world. For all you novices you can even have a try in the novelty shoot on Sunday afternoon.
Bring your swag and stay a night or more as there are free showers and plenty of camping spots. With Food and Drinks available all weekend including a bar, you’ll be well looked after.
All this is sure to make for a great day out so we look forward to seeing you there on the Easter weekend.
- Feel Elegant in Adavale
Spoil yourself this Easter and make a booking for a High Tea at Outback Queensland’s most remote Patisserie – The Elegant Emu.
Take the Red Road to Adavale, 97km north of Quilpie and be sure to stop at the new lookout 55km from Quilpie on the drive. Once you reach Adavale head to the Elegant Emu and be pleasantly surprised at the delectable food Cristina has whipped up. Local Tip: Don’t eat a big breakfast! You’ll need all the room you can get for your delicious High Tea.
There are so many other fabulous things to see over the Easter period which makes the Quilpie Shire the perfect spot for a family Easter getaway. Make sure you visit: www.visitquilpieshire.com and start planning your journey now.