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Longreach Queensland

An outback town filled with rich history and iconic Australian heritage.


At a Glance

Longreach is located on the 'long reach' of the Thomson River, which is the origin of the name of the town. It is known as the 'Heart of Queensland' by some as the town is located in the exact center of the state of Queensland. Longreach is well known for being the site of Qantas' earliest operations, this heritage is reflected in forms of museums.

There are a lot that a tourist can do here in Longreach. You can visit the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, a one of its kind museum in Australia that commemorates the pioneers of the outback with a cool architectural style. You can also jump on a stagecoach ride through the bushes, enjoy the good traditional food in the town and view beautiful sunsets reflected on the Thomson River.


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Where is Longreach?

 

Longreach is 1181 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Longreach is situated inland in Outback Queensland to the west of Rockhampton, on the 'long reach' of the Thomson River. The fastest way to get here is to fly in from Brisbane.


 

Things to see in Longreach

 

The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

Opened in 1988, the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is one of Australia's most premier outback heritage institution, it was built in a style that truly manifests the spirit of the Outback. Contained within are themed galleries that shows the rich history of the Australian outback and the brave people that pioneered the area, including the explorers, pastoralists as well as the aborigines. It also houses an art gallery full of stunning outback artworks.

The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

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Longreach Powerhouse Museum

In the good old days before electricity was supplied through long-distance transmission lines, giant generators and engines were used to generate electricity in rural towns. The Longreach Powerhouse Museum houses one of these relics of the past, which last ran in 1985. It is also the largest of its kind in the whole of Australia! Since it has been discontinued, it was preserved well in the form of a museum, allowing visitors to taste a piece of the past and educating visitors how electricity was generated and distributed before the age of the computer and how demanding the process was of the knowledge of the workers.

Longreach Powerhouse Museum

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QANTAS Founder's Museum

Longreach can be said to be the birthplace of QANTAS as it was the site of its earliest scheduled flight. To commemorate this heritage, the QANTAS Founder's Museum is founded to tell the story of the past, how the airline and its aircrafts evolved. It is home to some of the discontinued early planes of QANTAS which flew the first passengers on a commercial flight. This is not a place where you can only watch and do nothing else, you can go inside the cockpit, take on a flight simulator experience and even walk on the wing of an aircraft! This will be an exclusive experience for your Queensland holiday.

QANTAS Founder's Museum

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The Spirit Of The Outback

Looking for a unique way to experience Queensland, especially the outback without having to drive yourself? You can try going on a long-distance train ride across the outback with The Spirit Of The Outback, where you will pass through everchanging sceneries and terrains under the wide blue skies. You will passthrough many historic outback towns along the way. Instead of having to drive yourself, you can have a relaxing holiday of just enjoying the view and have everything else taken care for you.

The Spirit Of The Outback

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What's the weather like?

 

Longreach experiences a semi-arid climate where the summer is hot and rainy at times, and the winters warm and dry. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 36°C with an average minimum of 23°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 24°C with an average minimum of 8°C.

 

Get to know Longreach's history

 

The land around Longreach were the traditional lands of the Iningai people. It was explored by the Surveyor-General of NSW in the mid 1800s and found to be a good land for pastoral endeavours.

Longreach was officially proclaimed a town in 1887, with waves of optimism, the town lots were quickly bought up and development began rapidly. Connection to a railway station further catalysted the development. The towns seen good progress in industrialisation in the early 1900s and there had been a substantial aviation history here, as it was the site of one of the earliest Qantas scheduled flights. Today, the town has around 3000 people living in it, living mainly on agriculture and tourism.