Adavale - QLD

  Place Name


DEG: -25.90472 144.600433
DMS: 25º 54' 16.99" S 144º 36' 1.56" E
UTM: 55 J 7132668mN 259620mE
Altitude: 238.18m


Place Type

Population - Place Name


855.98kms West of Brisbane - Driving 929 km (13 hours 6 mins)

Address & Contact

Shepherd St
Adavale QLD 4474
Phone: 46564656
Email: N/A
Web: N/A



Adavale has a rich history in the economic development of Australia through the wool industry early last Century. The town evolved from Cobb & Co stop in 1876 to a shanty town for opal miners in 1878 when it was also gazetted by State Parliament. It played host to stations almost 200km to the south and west long before Quilpie was born. Presently it is still a hub for the 15 to 20 stations with historic significance such as "Milo", "Leopardwood Park", "Gumbardo", "Paradise Park" to name but a few.

It is a town which has not suffered, or perhaps resisted, the intrusion of major tourist signage and activity. This is a town with historic secrets which are revealed without the glitz and hype of others, straight from the locals' mouths as living history.

The history and artifacts are still waiting to be fully uncovered by those wishing to make the effort or visit the local store/pub where maps, photos, paper clippings and bits and pieces bring the long forgotten town back to life for the visitor.

It is a working town dedicated to the service of cattle, sheep and goat farmers (also known as "cockies").

MUSTERING ON THE TOWN COMMONAdavale is a true real life experience of an Outback Town for travellers wishing to get off the beaten track for either 185, 110 or 98km depending on the route taken between Charleville to Quilpie or Quilpie to Blackall.


A trip from Charleville to Quilpie (normally about 208km) via Adavale (295km total) may be easily managed in one day with a lunch break at the Pub. The scenery is more interesting this route.

There are no luxurious mansions in the tiny Western Queensland town of Adavale, population 20, that lies to the north of Quilpie and west of Charleville. It's a remote and quiet corner of the Australian Outback, and while some structures are in a state of decay, and the houses are far from lavish buildings, local residents give travellers a traditionally warm and hospitable Outback welcome.

Adavale is on the headwaters of the Bulloo River. It was named after Ada, the wife of E. J. Stevens an early owner of Tinchinchilla, now known as Milo. It is in thick mulga country 185 KM from Charleville, which was its nearest railhead.

If on your way to Quilpie, have extra time and want some dirt road (all good at 30/11/2011), it's well worth the drive and visit.

FREE CAMP/CARAVAN: Adavale's recently renovated Town/Community Hall provides clean toilets and hot/cold showers for visitors wishing to overnight there - FREE!

Visit: for a road reports, direction maps, more info and some pics.


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Closest Weather Station

Charleville at 21/01:00pm EST
Distance from Adavale 174.53km E
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Quilpie Airport
Distance from Adavale 85.74km SW
Mean Max. °C37.035.633.429.224.020.420.122.627.
Mean Min. °C23.823.320.515.710.
Mean Rain mm53.249.943.624.527.019.916.712.614.121.931.234.5

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