Just a short drive from Longreach (27kms) is Ilfracombe where you can find the Lynn Cameron Machinery Mile with wide range of equipment from standing engines to earthmoving machinery. A wonderful display of machinery, some of it very rare and almost all collected within 100 miles of the town, can be seen. Visitors can expect to see many forms of old machinery, including a 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor (only two more of this model left in the world), Steam Devil, a big Excavator driven by three horse powered steam engine.
The Jackson Collections is the lifetime collections of two brothers, Hilton and Ike Jackson. Hilton’s bottles are reputed to be one of the largest and best collections in Australia and contains over 30,000 bottles. Ike’s valuable collection comprises over 120 firearms from wars and battles fought throughout the world and includes a Japanese Nambu submachine gun. There’s national flags from both world wars, knives, uniforms, helmets and an absorbing assortment of thought-provoking war memorabilia.
The Heritage Precinct houses the Folk Museum, a replica of an early station residence, also situated within the museum complex is Oakhampton Cottage which offers a tangible glimpse into early outback households and Romani Hall, a memorial to the young men of the district who answered ‘the call to arms’ and is dedicated to Australia’s Light Horseman.