Longreach is a place to experience the true spirit of the Outback. Set on the banks of the Thomson River, surrounded by endless Mitchell Grass plains, the town offers a wide range of activities to visitors on their Queensland holidays. It is indeed a major centre in Outback Queensland.
When you travel Queensland along the Matilda Highway, you can spend a few days here to explore museums, Outback hospitality, nature and wildlife.
Longreach's population is by far outnumbered by about 1 million sheep and cattle in this major wool growing and cattle breeding district. The 360° view of the horizon filled with millions of stars at night, the Milky Way, it is amazing. Be sure to go away from the city lights to experience the unique Australian Outback sky. You will love it.
Malintji, Iningai and Kunngkari Aboriginal people lived in the district prior white settlement.
Edmund Thomson was the first to explore the area and named the Thomspn River in 1847.
Thirteen years later, William Landsborough and Nat Buchanan thought the vast Mitchell grass plains were suitable for pastoral leases.
The township of Longreach was finally gazetted in 1887. The Queensland National Bank bought the first plot of land. After completion of the railway line from Rockhampton, Longreach became a prospering regional centre.
This outstanding museum is a spectacular tribute to the people of Outback Australia. Plan to spend at least a few hours exploring this extraordinary complex. It gives you so much understanding of the huge task to explore and settle Australia's vast inland.
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You won't miss that! The huge Boeing 747 jumbo is overlooking the town and guides you to the airport and this very interesting museum. You can inspect the jumbo by arrangement. The museum itself tells the story of Qantas, the second oldest international airline in the world. Only the Dutch KLM is older.
The old hangar was the base for Qantas from 1922 to 1934. And of course the history of Qantas is connected with the Royal Flying Doctor and the Flying Surgeon services. Actually, the latter was the first of its kind in the world when the service started in Longreach in 1952.
Visit one of the largest class rooms in the world. Follow a "live" school of the air lesson. See how Outback kids are taught. Schools of distance educations are scattered all over the Australian Outback to teach children in remote settlements and on stations. It is amazing
Take a walk along the river, relax after the strenuous visits to the museums. Do some bird-watching, explore the nature. You can even take a dip into the river. Take your time to watch a glorious sunset. It is just wonderful.
About 30 km east of Longreach the little hamlet Ilfracombe is known as the town with the machinery mile. Historic machinery is displayed along the main road - tractors, graders, drills, boilers - you name it, and find it in Ilfracombe.
The town offers a wide range of accommodation. Visitors can choose from a bed in old-fashioned hotels, modern motel rooms and cabins at the caravan parks.
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