The Rutledge family are proud wool producers and keen environmentalists, passionate about this country and its sustainability. A shared interest in great seasonal food and good company has been the inspiration to open the doors and create the Moble Homestead experience.
Discover The Lake Quilpie, a beautiful natural expanse of water set amongst shady gum trees. Seasonally, an impressive display of water lilies eloquently frames the banks in the shallow water. Native birds flock to this lush oasis, taking pride of place on a 2,500 acre sheep and cattle property that was originally surveyed in the late 1800s.
Established in 1926, The Quilpie Heritage Inn (aka The Brick) has been carefully restored to its original splendour. Enjoy delicious morning/afternoon teas, lunch and dinners in our historic dining room or casual dining on our sweeping second floor verandah. Our chef takes great pride in sourcing fresh ingredients, and serving beautifully presented dishes.
The arid landscape of Outback Queensland has been inspiration for artist Lyn Barnes since she began painting over eighteen years ago. Her work, recognised for its vivid depiction of the intense blue skies and red earth of her home, features in private and corporate collections worldwide.
The Eromanga Natural History Museum is committed to discovering, conserving and showcasing the fossil, natural and cultural heritage of the upper Murray/Darling and Lake Eyre/Cooper basins. The incredible diversity of Outback Australia’s natural history is on display – from the tiniest fossils the size of a sugar grain to the mightiest dinosaurs Australia has ever seen.
Groups are very welcome in Quilpie Shire. Make your first stop the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery, located in the main street of town. 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.
Our local guide will board your coach at the Visitor Information Centre for a town tour. Discover the history and unique landscapes of Quilpie town, Baldy Top Lookout, St Finbarrs’ Opal Altar and Quilpie Airport mini museum. The tour includes lunch at the Quilpie Heritage Inn (aka The Brick) which has been carefully restored to its original splendour. This afternoon, join celebrated artist Lyn Barnes at her boutique art gallery for sunset, wine and cheese. View her latest work and discover her unique creative connection to the Outback. Tonight enjoy dinner under the stars at The Lake.
This morning, we’ll take a drive out to Moble Homestead, home of the Rutledge family, proud wool producers and keen environmentalists. Join them on a tour of their property which has remained in the family for five generations. Return to the homestead for a tour of the beautiful country gardens. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch in this delightful garden setting overlooking their tranquil waterhole. Continue your drive (around 1.5 hours) to Eromanga Natural History Museum. Join their experienced guide on a one hour tour of the workshop laboratory and collection centre. You’ll meet titanosaur sauropods Cooper and George, the largest dinosaurs to have ever been found in Australia. Their guides will demonstrate how to prepare fossilised bone and you’ll see the incredible Eulo megafauna fossils. (Ask about accommodation and themed dining options in Eromanga)