When you think of accommodation in the Outback you may find yourself thinking of an outdated room in a Pub that was built before electricity was invented with those generic Mediterranean artworks that you see in old Motels (that also have no business being in an outback accommodation house mind you).
But alas. Quilpie is here to change your mind and perception of outback accommodation with these 5 very diverse options that are sure to suit every budget.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Houdraman, 4km east of Quilpie you will find ‘The Lake’. A unique farm stay meets caravan park meets rustic lodge with accommodation options catering to every traveller’s desire.
The Lake’s main site is on the eastern side of the actually lake itself. Here you will find powered sites plus plenty of unpowered shady campsites amongst this beautiful bush setting.
For those who enjoy the more authentic camping experience and are keen to pitch a tent then there are plenty of spots for you too with a large amenities block and laundry close by.
During the cooler months join the managers and other travellers each evening for happy hour at the bar and camp kitchen building and enjoy a beverage on the large deck whilst watching the sun disappear behind the lake.
If you’re a traveller who enjoys the luxury of a nice comfortable bed that doesn’t have 4 wheels (my hands up!) then you must book a stay in one of the stylish rooms in the refurbished shearing quarters. You’ll also find a kitchen, shared bathroom and ANOTHER beautiful big deck taking in those water views. There is also a 2 bedroom cottage available which sleeps up to 4.
For those self-contained travellers (must have a toilet) you can also pull up stumps on the western side of the Lake.
The Lake itself is a beautiful natural oasis with seasonal water lilies lining the shallow waters edge and shady river red gums lining the bank.
This literal ‘Oasis in the Desert’ is home to an abundance of birdlife from Pelicans and ducks to willy wagtails and the brightly coloured mulga parrot. ‘The lake’ is a birdwatchers paradise. You’ll even spot the emu’s knee deep in the water cooling off!
There is easy access for 2 Wheel Drive Vehicles, Buses, Motorhomes, Caravans etc so what are you waiting for. Book today!
For more information visit: https://www.thelakequilpie.com/
Channel Country Tourist Park & Spa’s
(Photo by Aaron Kent)
Picture this. It’s been a long day exploring the Quilpie Shire. You’re tired, feet hurt from walking and you need to relax! Well then the Channel Country Tourist Park and Spa’s in Quilpie has got just the thing for you.
Wash (or soak rather) all your troubles away with a relaxing dip in one of the parks 2 outdoor artesian spas. Let the minerals and natural goodness of the artesian basin water bubble over you as you enjoy the outback sunset….(wow…maybe I’ll go down after work it sounds that good!).
The park has so much to offer:
- Powered Sites and grassy camping areas
- Several Drive through sites
- Air conditioned ensuite cabins
- Budget accommodation
- Dump Points at each site
- Camp Kitchen and Campfire Area
- Pet friendly (sites only)
- Free Wi Fi
During tourist season the camp fire is lit and everyone is encourage to come and have a yarn around the fire and share travel stories. The park even offers live music on occasion during the season. What a way to spend the night: A beautiful campfire, millions of stars in the outback sky, great yarns and live music. What more do you need!
For more information or to book visit: http://www.channelcountrytouristpark.com/
Quilpie Heritage Inn
You won’t get a better vantage point for a downtown main street view of Quilpie than on the 2nd floor veranda at the Heritage Inn.
Built in 1926 the Quilpie Heritage Inn, formerly known as the Quilpie Hotel and affectionately known to locals as ‘the Brick’, is one of the oldest buildings in Quilpie.
This beautiful old pub has been lovingly restored to all its former glory. From the dining room, lounge and bar to the rooms upstairs this former pub oozes charm and character that only an outback pub could.
Both ensuited and rooms with shared bathrooms are available and all have air conditioning, tv and other amenities. Continental breakfast is also included in the room tariff.
Meals are available in the restaurant for lunch and dinner and the beers are ice cold in the bar. If your around on a weekend you may even be lucky enough to be entertained by the musical stylings of resident musician (and owner) Paul.
For more information about the Heritage Inn jump onto Facebook and follow: https://www.facebook.com/quilpieheritageinn/
Quilpie Motor Inn
The timeless Quilpie Motor Inn, located on Brolga Street may just seem like your average Motel but it is so much more than that.
Exceptionally tidy and decorated rooms, plus the lovely BBQ area, home cooked meals to your door of an evening and the added bonus of super hosts John and Kim are just some of the reasons you should be looking at the Motor Inn for your next stay in Quilpie.
It also has the added bonus of being opposite the Quilpie Bowls Club, so why not live like a local while in Quilpie and ‘have a roll’.
For more information on the Quilpie Motor Inn visit: https://www.quilpiemotorinn.com/
Imperial Hotel Motel
Last, but certainly not least is the Imperial Hotel Motel or more affectionately known, the Pub.
Located on Quilpie’s main street this lowset Pub was built back in 1992 after the original 2 storey pub sadly burnt. A popular Quilpie watering hole and dining option, the pub is open daily from 10am and offers lunch and dinner, dine in or takeaway.
Accommodation is located at the back of the pub so is a convenient walk if you happen to have a bit too much merriment with the locals at the bar (happens to the best of us).
Rooms have various configurations and comfortably cater to everyone from singles, couples and even families. With these options it’s hard to go past a stay at the Imperial and let’s face it, sometimes it’s just too hard to go past the charm of an Outback Pub isn’t it?
To stay up to date with what is happening at the Imperial, jump on and follow them at: https://www.facebook.com/Quilpie-Pub-169674143079064/
On top of these there are so many more fabulous accommodation options for every budget located throughout the Quilpie Shire. You can see them all here: https://www.visitquilpieshire.com/accommodation/
(Please be aware that some businesses are still adapting to regulations and coming out the other end of the COVID Closures so please check upon booking what will be available when you arrive).