When you think of accommodation in the Outback you’re probably thinking of your basic caravan park with powered sites and not a blade of grass or your average motel where all you really need is a bed. But don’t’ be fooled….the Quilpie Shire is home to some fabulous unique accommodation options from the budget bush camping to the luxurious. Don’t believe us?….KEEP READING!
65km west of Quilpie you will find Moble Homestead, a sheep and cattle station turned tranquil oasis station stay.
A relatively new accommodation option in the Quilpie Shire the Moble Homestead is run by long time owners of Moble Station, the Rutledge family.
Moble offers various unique accommodation options each with their own incredible story. Such as ‘The Cottage’ (above) – once the Jackaroo’s quarters for the Station and overlooking the waterhole, you’ll find yourself lost in the incredible views from the deck.
All bookings are inclusive of dinner, drinks and a hearty breakfast one would only find on a working sheep and cattle station! You’ll never want to leave once you enjoy a homemade dinner created with beautiful home-grown veg picked straight from the Homesteads vegetable patch!
The lush gardens of the Homestead are waiting to be explored and against the stark background of the drought ravaged land, are an incredible sight to see.
Kylie, Brian and Meg are gracious hosts and are eagerly waiting to greet you.
For more information visit: https://www.moblehomestead.com.au/
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 actual 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/
Cooper’s Country Lodge
So I bet you never thought you’d find 4 star accommodation in the furthest town from the sea? Well you were wrong and Cooper’s Country Lodge is here to provide you with a little luxury on your outback adventure!
Nestled amongst the beautiful setting of the Eromanga Natural History Museum Nature Reserve this unique accommodation option provides semi self-catering and self-contained family suite and studios. Guests also have access to BBQ facilities, alfresco area, dining room, butler’s pantry, laundry and even complimentary airport pick up from Eromanga.
Also on the reserve you will find the Eromanga Natural History Museum where you can meet ‘Cooper’ Australia’s Largest Dinosaur.
For more information on accommodation or Museum tour times visit: http://www.enhm.com.au/
Channel Country Tourist Park & Spa’s
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 3 outdoor artesian spas. Let the minerals and natural goodness of the Artesian Basin bore 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/
Royal Hotel Eromanga
It wouldn’t be a full unique accommodation list of the Quilpie Shire if we didn’t have the Royal Hotel in Eromanga on the list.
The Hotel itself was built in 1885 and operated as a Cobb & Co. staging post for many years. With 4 pubs once operating in Eromanga the Royal is the only one still standing.
The pub offers accommodation with ensuite rooms and single rooms with shared bathrooms. The kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily and also offer takeaway meals.
However it’s not so much the rooms themselves that makes the pub a unique place to stay but rather, the pubs atmosphere and the weekly Saturday night community BBQ.
Started in the 1980’s by local residents the Marchant’s as a fundraiser, the community BBQ is a long standing tradition on a Saturday night.
Locals from both in town and nearby properties all gather at the pub for a night of good food, cold beers and great yarns! The BBQ is open to everyone so make sure you come down if you’re ever in Eromanga on a Saturday night!
To learn more about events at the Pub or rates visit: https://www.facebook.com/royalhoteleromanga/
The 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 you’re 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/
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/
Didn’t we tell you we had some unique accommodation up our sleeve!! And you weren’t convinced…bet you are now!