Ensure your first stop in Quilpie is at the Museum. The centre's building is train-shaped to celebrate Quilpie's position as the beginning and the end of the railway line and, as Quilpie is known as the ""Home of Boulder Opal"", it is painted in hues of the opal. A windmill graces the garden in recognition of the importance of water, and a collection of Hebel Sculptures depict different aspects of the Outback.... more
The centre showcases everything you need to know about the Shire, and the friendly staff reflect the warm hospitality that you will find in the area. The interactive museum displays the rugged history of the early pioneers, and the Shire Gallery hosts an exhibition each month including travelling displays and works by local artists.
Adjoining the centre is a new park with wrought iron tables and chairs. The tables were hand crafted by a local artist incorporating rims of old wagon wheels, and the table tops are beautiful boulder opal mosaics inlaid with glass tile images. Gracing the park perimeter is a 45 metre mural painted by a local artist which depicts sections of the history of the Shire.... less
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