|Outside the Toompine Pub, Queensland|
And yet, all roads seem to lead there in the western Queensland Outback. A simple triangulation between Eulo, Thargomindah and Quilpie yields Toompine's coordinates almost exactly.
But is that enough reason to visit? Of course not!
But finding out why the local cemetery is called a 'cemery'? To our regret, we hadn't succumbed to this tempting lure, posed by the visitor guide on our first visit to the Quilpie Shire in 2009. So the intriguing question was an irresistible drawcard when we returned in June 2011.
The drive from Quilpie follows the historic 'Dowling Track' south, passing a turnoff to the Duck Creek opal field - site of 'Pride of the Hills, the first opal mine in Australia, registered in 1871. And home of the 'Huns Head' opal – at 15.75 kg (35 lb) Queensland's largest find!
|Toompine Terraces Accomodation|
Still maintaining its reputation for hospitality, the Toompine pub draws a steady stream of visitors with to offer of free camping (includes power and hot showers), the 'Toompine Terraces', or drinks and meals for those just passing through!
|Morning Tea at Toompine, Queensland|
|Toompine - the pub with no town!|
|Behind the bar, Toompine Hotel, Queensland|
** Country Womens Association comprised, as far as I can tell, of extraordinarily good cooks devoted to resurrecting the lost art of taking tea. They could perform no nobler task.