A small friendly outback community south of Quilpie, Toompine is a social centre for the surrounding grazing properties and opal mines. The town derives its name from the Aboriginal word ‘Thempin’ meaning a leech.
Cobb and Co once serviced this town with its regular coach schedules. All that remains today of those early pioneering days is the Toompine Hotel (circa 1893). This is a great place to relax with a cold drink and listen to the yarns of some great outback characters.
Ask for directions to the Toompine cemetery just a kilometre away and find out why it is called a ‘cemery’ (not cemetery).
Try your luck fossicking at Duck Creek Opal Mine or Sheep Creek Station Opal Mine – fossicking licence required.
Activites and Experiences at Toompine
- Fossicking There are many opal fossicking sites in the area. Please contact the Quilpie Museum and Visitors Centre regarding camping and fossicking licences.
- Accommodation One room only.
- Golf Nine hole course.
- Public Bar Toompine Hotel.
- Restaurant Toompine Hotel.
- Aussie Lifestyle
- Caravan and Camping
- Cultural Quilpie Museum and Visitors Centre provide all the information needed on local cultural sites and displays.
- Farm/Station Shearing displays available by arrangement.
- Fishing Local waterholes stock yabby and yellowbelly, find a shady spot and somewhere to pitch a tent.
- Pub Stay
- RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
- Empty Nesters
- Gay and Lesbian
- Outback Queensland Tourism
Nearest Airport: Quilpie