Looking for colour? In these parts there's plenty of it, to be found both in the stories relating to the early settlement of the region and also that precious 'colour' of boulder opal, which is sought from beneath the surface of the bush earth. Quilpie is best known as an opal town. It is often referred to as the home of the 'Boulder Opal' as the area is the largest producer of this type of opal in the world.
Queensland is the world's only producer of ironstone boulder opal and the Quilpie mining district is the largest boulder opal producer in the State with approximately 200 leases currently being worked. Opal produced in the Quilpie Shire finds its way to not only jewellery houses in Australian capital cities, but also to stores in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, Hamburg, Paris, London and Geneva.
Located 980 kilometres west of Brisbane and 208 kilometres west of Charleville, Quilpie is the commercial and social centre of the Quilpie Shire. The name of the town was derived from the Aboriginal word 'Quilpeta' meaning Stone Curlew.
Relatively young, Quilpie was declared an official town on 29 April 1917. In the same year the railway line from Charleville to Quilpie was completed. Quilpie is rich in grazing history beginning with the pioneering efforts of families such as the Costello's, Tully's and Duracks.
Quilpie is located on the banks of the Bulloo River in the famous Channel Country of western Queensland. The shire is supported through primary industries such as sheep, cattle grazing, oil, gas and opal mining. Apart from these main industries Quilpie Shire houses a keen and talented artistic community.
Temperatures for Quilpie
Quilpie has hot summer temperatures. The summer high temperature for Quilpie is approximately 36 °c. The summer low temperature is approximately 23 °c.
Quilpie has warm winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for Quilpie is approximately 21 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 7 °c.
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