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Quilpie is located on a Mulga ridge rising quickly above the Western floodplains of the "Bulloo River", more commonly referred to as "The Buller".
Some of the earliest settlement on the Bullo took place four years after it's discovery by Burke and Wills in 1860 during their expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria
Quilpie Is the administrative and service centre of its own Shire, which covers an area of 26,000 square miles, (67,482 square km) with a Shire population of 1,267.
The location of the Township is rather unique. It is unique because there are arguably very few towns situated only 200 metres from the outer channels of a river, who can claim absolute safety from flooding following the heaviest of rainfalls. It would have been a totally different situation had the authorities not heeded the good advice offered by early Teamsters like Donald Angus and George Espie.
The original survey had been planned on land commonly referred to as the "Bulloo Flats" situated approximately 7km to the east of where Quilpie now stands.
Acknowledging that the surveyors and Government Authorities were keen to eliminate the unnecessary bridge crossing of another river, it would have been a disaster if the original town survey had been adopted.
Instead they accepted the advice of Angus and Espie, and on further considerations, chose the site where the town now stands.
Had they proceeded with the original survey, Quilpie would have been subjected to flooding. As it stands today, no amount of rainfall upstream from Quilpie can create a situation where residents need suffer any anxiety regarding floodwaters entering their homes. The sudden elevation of its land site against the floodplains of the Bulloo River eliminates any threat from floodwater.
From Forging A Future by Vince Challenor