How is it September School Holidays already??? If you are heading to South West Queensland and travelling the Natural Sciences Loop for your School holiday break then we’ve got some great things to add to your itinerary while you are in the Quilpie Shire that will both entertain and educate the kids.
We have been very lucky out in the Quilpie Shire to have received some lovely unseasonal winter and early spring rainfalls. Not ideal for those travelling at that time but for others who plan to travel in the September School holidays, you will be the ones to reap the benefits with the beautiful display of Wildflowers.
With wildflowers something we haven’t really seen in abundance for many years due to drought, Spring 2022 is shaping up to be a technicolour of flowers across the Shire and we can’t WAIT!
- National Parks
There is nothing more rewarding than spending some time in Nature and we think camping a few nights under the stars in one of our 3 incredible National is the perfect way to do that.
The 3 National Parks of the Quilpie Shire are very unique and special places so no matter which one you choose to visit you won’t be disappointed.
Hell Hole Gorge: Located 175km north of Quilpie, this park offers plenty of opportunities to explore and bushwalk, 4WD, birdwatch and swim. For budding photographers you will be spoilt for choice for subjects from the landscape, sunsets, wildlife and birds that call the park home. HIGHLIGHT: The incredible Gorge and Spencer’s Waterhole; you will forget you are in Outback Queensland! (Pic above)
Idalia: Explore the gorges and rock formations of Idalia’s Gowan Range tablelands, located 113km south-west of Blackall. Visit innovative stockyards built between the 1920’s & 1950’s that held up to 300 head of cattle during musters. HIGHLIGHT: Keep an eye out for the illusive Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby that calls this park home.
Mariala: Soft mulga grows on deep red soils in the park’s east and hard mulga grows on the ranges of this park, located 59km east of Adavale. With some 140 bird species and 27 mammals, Mariala is a popular park for nature-based activities. PLEASE NOTE THAT MARIALA IS CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30TH. Visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/ for updates
Camping permits for all National Parks are available through Queensland National Parks and can also be booked at the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre. We recommend staying 2 nights to fully appreciate all the beauty that this area has to offer.
- Eromanga Natural History Museum
You can’t travel the Natural Sciences Loop without stopping off to say “hi” to Australia’s largest Dinosaur – or as we like to call him, ‘Cooper’.
You can find Cooper and friends at the Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM), just 3km outside of Eromanga. Join one of their Australian Dinosaur Giants tours which operate 4 times a day, 7 days a week. To get a more hands on experience you can book the family in for a Fossil Preparation Experience. For more information on tours visit: www.visitquilpieshire.com
- BBQ & Explore at Baldy Top
A lovely way to spend an afternoon just 7km from Quilpie is at Baldy Top Lookout.
Shop for some dinner BBQ supplies in town before heading out to the undercover BBQ area at the base of Baldy Top and Table Top lookouts. While Mum and Dad cook up and early dinner, the kids can spend time exploring the ancient caves and crevices of these rugged rock formations before finishing the afternoon off by taking the scrambling trail to the top of Baldy Top for the best sunset view in Outback Queensland.
- Down-time fun
School holidays, although they are technically ‘holidays’, sometimes don’t feel like much of a holiday with all the planned activities. Take some time out in Quilpie to relax with the kids by visiting the newly re-opened and upgraded playground at Bi-Centennial Park. Kids can play for hours on the new playground facilities and even ride their bikes, scooters or skates around the Skate Park.
Another great way for kids to burn off some energy is to visit the Quilpie Swimming Pool. With a 25metre pool, heated leisure pool and a toddler play area there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus entry to the pool is free so all you have to use your money for is a delicious ice cream!
For some outdoor fun in nature, you can’t come to Quilpie without catching some yabbies or fish in the Bulloo River. Make sure you pick up a copy of ‘Yabbying – Your guide in Quilpie’ for all the tips and tricks straight from the locals.
We’ve got some great events over the School Holidays for the family to check out such as:
Eromanga QCWA 100th Year Celebration Trivia Night – 6:30pm Saturday 24th September at the Eromanga Hall.
Quilpie Motorbike Gymkhana & Enduro – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September at the Quilpie Golf Club.
Deadly Choices Southwest Netball Tour clinic – 10am Monday 26th September at Quilpie State College
For more information on events contact the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre
- Art & Culture
Quilpie Shire is home to some very artistic residents and some very fascinating history.
The best way to immerse yourself in the history of the area is to visit the many Museums in town – all of which are free!!! You can start at the Visitor Information Centre with their local history, Rail and Military History Museums before stopping by the Powerhouse Museum, End of the Line and Airport Mini Museums.
Exploring the local art scene is as easy as taking a drive down the main street and admiring the sculptures along the median strip. Call ahead and book an appointment with local artist in residence, Lyn Barnes to take a walk through her Gallery.
Make sure to stop in at the Quilpie Shire Gallery at the Information Centre and cast your vote for your favourite photos in this year’s photo competition. These images are part of this year’s Quilpie Show which unfortunately was cancelled due to wet weather. You can also enjoy the art entries from the Show on display at Quilpie Country Collections.
- Dig for treasure
The kids will love the thrill of digging for their own Opal at the free fossicking site located at the Quilpie Airport. Stop in at the Information Centre and pick up a kids fossicking kit for under 10 bucks and watch them explore!
To see the Opal in all its glory, a trip to St. Finbarr’s Church to see the Opal Altar is a must!
Now who said that Holidays couldn’t be both fun and educational? But fair warning…with these many activities in one location your holiday won’t be too relaxing!