I landed at Quilpie on the Skytrans flight..cost $112…and took the train coach from here to Charleville….2 hours, and then the Westlander to Brisbane.
Situated on the banks of the Bulloo River and on the Diamantina Development Road, it is 208 kilometres (129 mi) west of Charleville, and 980 kilometres (610 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. Quilpie is the administrative centre of the Quilpie Shire, which at the 2006 census had a population of 986
Quilpie was gazetted as a town in 1917 owing to the railway that was laid down from Brisbane. The town is believed to lie on the border of the Bunthamurra and Mardgany Indigenous Australian tribal areas.
The local government centre was previously Adavale within Adavale Shire, but this was moved to Quilpie with the availability of rail transport and the name change to Quilpie Shire. It takes its name from the Indigenous Australian word for stone curlew, quilpeta. The first post office was opened in 1921. Two years later the telephone reached Quilpie and in 1927 the first court house in the town was established.
A fire destroyed a block of the main street in 1926. With no town water the residents watched helplessly. A bore was sunk into the Great Artesian Basin in 1933. It provided drinking water for the town and for a period between 1952 to 1963 the hot water was used to generate electricity for the town