Longreach is located 673km west of Rockhampton
in the heart of outback Queensland. This remote country town may be off the beaten track but it certainly appeals to many tourists, the main attractions being the Australian Stockman’s Hall Of Fame
and the Qantas Founders Museum
The Australian Stockman’s Hall Of Fame is a remarkable series of galleries paying homage to the people of outback Australia from the pioneer years to modern day. The outback heritage displays cover all aspects of life in the bush and include many items of significance. The discovery of Australia, pioneers’ pastoral life, outback properties, life in the outback and the Australian stock worker are the focal topics. The museum is located on Landsborough Hwy and open daily between 9am and 5pm. Adults cost $25 each and pass-outs are available to return the following day free of charge. The centre also operates a bar and grill, café, outback store and R.M. Williams bush outfitter.
The Qantas Founders Museum
showcases the story of the founding of Qantas and its development and growth over the years to what the company has become today. An extensive collection of Qantas memorabilia is on display from old tickets to menus, crockery and staff uniforms to name a few. The highlight of the museum is of course the aircraft, including an Avro 504K which was the first plane used, Qantas DC3, 747 Jumbo Jet and Boeing 707. Guided tours of the 747 and 707 are available for an extra fee and there is even a Wing Walk Tour on which you can stand on the 747 wing and appreciate the aircraft’s enormity. The centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm and operates a restaurant, and gift shop.
Longreach also offers a fabulous outback variety show featuring Rusty Frame and Friends
The stars of the show are Rusty Frame and his working cattle dogs which round up sheep and ducks, Wayne Campbell the whip cracker and Heidi Turner the snake handler. The performance is entertaining and educational and is on at 5pm daily at the Showgrounds on Sandpiper St.Entry fees are $11 per adult and a well priced bbq is available after the show.
This outback town has a large caravan park on Thrush St in town or alternatively there is a free camp on the Thompson River 4km northeast of town, just 1km off the highway. The camp has plenty of flat ground, public toilets and dogs are permitted.
Longreach offers a unique and interesting outback experience. A visit to the area is a great opportunity to learn about life in the outback and regional Australia’s heritage.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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