Visit us at our shop in Quilpie, Queensland and see one of the most impressive collections of opal in the world. You can see our vast collection on cut boulder opal stones, rough and polished specimens, opal carvings, boulder opal jewellery and much more. Our extensive collection of solid Australian opals consists of our personal collection and our retail range, also plenty of rough and faced parcels for the hobbiest and professional. We can inform and guide you through the formation and types of opal to the specific ways opals are valued, also help you choose cut stones and design your own one of a kind custom jewellery that you can treasure forever. If you havn't been to Sunriseopals you havn't seen all the natural beauty that Australia's national gem stone has to offer. If you cant get out to Quilpie you can contact us via email of phone and we can walk you through choosing and designing the perfect opal or opal jewellery for you. We would love you to pop in and say hi and see what we have to offer.
VISIT USSituated on the banks of the Bulloo River and on the Diamantina Development Road, Quilpie is 208 kilometres west of Charleville, and 980 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane. Quilpie is the administrative centre of the Quilpie Shire, which has a population of 700. Other townships in the shire include Adavale and Eromanga.
Quilpie became a town in 1917 owing to the railway. 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 chang e to Quilpie Shire. The first post office was opened in 1921. Two years later the telephone reached Quilpie and in 1927 the first courthouse in the town was established.
Quilpie is known as the home of boulder opal, which is mined in the surrounding areas and has been since the early 1900s. This precious gem has brought people from all over the world to south-western Queensland and along with cattle and sheep is the lifeblood of the west.
Visit the world-renowned opal alta, at Quilpie's St Finbarr's Church.
Visit the furthest town from the ocean and have a picnic at the Opalopolis Park while viewing the mining memorial that represents the past, present and future opal miners. Visit the Eromanga Living History Centre. You can’t miss out on the larges dinosaur found in the southern hemisphere COOPER.
Australia’s largest dinosaurs ‘Cooper’ and ‘George’, were uncovered in the Quilpie Shire. The bones were found on a station near Eromanga in 2005. ‘Cooper’ and ‘George’ are both titanosaur dinosaurs and are estimated to have been at least 26 meters in total body length. Titanosaurs were among the largest living animals of all time, growing much longer than the largest whales.
George’s skeleton is so far represented by an incomplete femur (thigh bone) and some rib bone fragments. Cooper’s skeleton is so far represented by two massive humeri (upper arm bones) and a lower arm bone. Because Cooper’s bones were found together, palaeontologists believe that there is more of the skeleton out in the field to excavate. www.enhm.com.au
Visit Queensland’s famous pub with no town
There are also a range of amazing tours based in Quilpie that allow you to discover some of the wonders of the west, these include
SKINNY DINGO TOURS
Skinny Dingo Tours operate in the area from the Channel Country Caravan Park.
Go to: http://www.channelpark.com.au/ for further details.
Ray Station was settled in 1874 by great grandparents Patsy and Sarah Tully nee Durack. Sarah’s brother the famous Patsy Durack.Experience the Tully-Durack story over a 2 or 3 night all inclusive aviation and coach packages, Guitar, poetry & piano around campfire, Early film footage, Pioneer cemetery, Opal fossicking, Restored homestead complex, Property tour and stay in Comfortable outback accommodation.
Go to Station: http://www.raystation.com.au/
BUNGINDERRY ARTIST CAMP
When I am away from home on my travels, there is something about Bunginderry that draws my thoughts back home. Despite the food, fashion and laughs & banter with many of the millions that live in t
he city. I still miss those wide open horizons and crisp, clean air on a winter’s morn. Or is it the raw beauty of the colourful sunsets and sublime sunrises? Is it the vivid colour of the outback that we all so readily associate as being distinctly Australian?
Go to: http://bunginderryartistcamp.com/