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Cooladdi

On your way to the Quilpie opal fields stop a while in Cooladdi, one of Australia's smallest towns.

Cooladdi was once a thriving railway town, but when the rail connection closed the residents slowly drifted away. Today only a handful of residents can be found keeping the Outback town alive, however, during the September school holidays, hundreds flock to the town for the annual Gymkhana.

Cooladdi also boasts a great fishing spot close by at Quilberry Creek, so why not take the time to visit, kick back for a day or two and fish? Quilberry Creek has waterholes suitable for fishing, swimming, catching yabbys and camping.

Albert Park Motor Inn - Longreach

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Burke & Wills Motel - Mt Isa

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Central Point Motel - Mt Isa

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Chillagoe Cabins - Chillagoe

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Club Boutique Hotel - Cunnamulla

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Inland Oasis Motel - Mount Isa

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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Leichhardt Accommodation - Mount Isa

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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Oaks Moranbah - Moranbah

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Outback Mt Isa - Mount Isa

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Spicers Hidden Vale - Grandchester

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The Rocks Motel - Charleville

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Cooladdi

Cooladdi: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cooladdi Heritage Trail


Cooladdi is the site of a once thriving railway town. Originally known as 'Yarronvale', the name changed to Cooladdi in 1913. The town serviced the rail line from Charleville to Quilpie. This line boasted the fastest steam train in Queensland, affectionately known, as the 'Flying Flea'. The train covered a distance of 86 kilometres in five hours and 40 minutes, sometimes reaching the lightning fast (for its time) 40 kilometres per hour!

The Cooladdi 'Black Duck' Heritage Trail, a self guided walk, is designed to take you through the history of Cooladdi. In its heyday, Cooladdi boasted 270 residents, a school, butcher shop, post office, railway and police station. Today all that remain are four residents, three buildings and the grave of a small child.

Why did they all leave? Once the rail connection ended, the people slowly drifted away. However the stories of the grit and determination the early settlers faced is a great story and one that should not be forgotten.

Please call into the Charleville Visitor Information Centre, Qantas Drive, Charleville, for your written guide and map.




Diamantina Development Road
Cooladdi, QLD, 4479

Located 0.0K from Cooladdi

Quilberry Creek Fishing


On the way to the Opal fields of Quilpie, great Fishing can be found along the banks of Quilberry Creek just on the outskirts of Cooladdi (Aboriginal word meaning 'plenty of water').

Located near the Cooladdi Fox Trap, fishing could not be easier, all you need to do is turn up, throw your line in, sit back and relax. Species in the creek include Yellow Belly, Black Brim, Jew Fish and Murray Cod. If you happen to catch a Carp, please kill and burn this fish.

Originally the creek was known as the 'pump hole', as it was the watering place for the Railway steam engines on the Charleville-Quilpie line.

Free camping is permitted at this site.




Diamantina Development Road,
86 kilometres west Charleville on Quilpie Road
Cooladdi, QLD, 4479

Located 0.6K from Cooladdi

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