Journey through Australia’s Outback heritage in Longreach
The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a spectacular history museum featuring immersive and interactive experiences and takes you on an immersive journey through the ‘Long Paddock’, exploring a selection of key themes, characters and events that have shaped Australia’s outback heritage. This story is told through the eyes of our unsung heroes, the authentic characters that make the Outback real.
As entertaining as it is informative, the museum galleries take you on a unique and personalised journey as you unearth the big (and little) stories that will stay with you well after your visit.
The galleries bring to life our impressive collection of heritage objects with a cinematic storytelling experience told through the eyes of the people on the land. The Unsung Heroes of Australia share a glimpse of their incredible lives as shearers and drovers, stockmen and women, master craftspeople, entrepreneurs, and courageous pioneers.
Connect the past to the present, from the indigenous stockmen and cattle barons to the Royal Flying Doctors and men and women of rodeo. See our country’s history etched in the faces of the people who built a nation.
Bring your stockman’s experience to life at the Stockman’s Life LIVE Show. See the stories and skills that define what it means to be a stockman. Understand their connection to the land and the livestock they care for. Experience the action of a live muster and witness the bond between man and animal working together. Hear songs form the outback that tell the story of a day in the life of a stockman.
Genuine Pioneer’s slab hut
Visitors can go inside and hear stories about the women who showed great strength and resilience in making a living and raising a family beyond settlement limits.
Everyday bushcraft and trades developed out of a need for self-sufficiency and survival in the Outback. This exhibit introduces a range of master craftspeople and their designs, as they worked with leather, metal, wood, stone and other found objects.
On a Sheep’s back
Australia’ rode the sheep’s back’ for 100 years, with wool being the first export industry to shape the Australian economy. Myths and legends are inspired by the tales of the lonely shepherds, the competitive camaraderie of blokes in the shearing sheds and the tenacious spirit of those who first went outback with their flocks.
Furthest Corner, Finest Care
Before the Flying Doctor, there was little medical help for anyone living in the Outback. Reverend John Flynn witnessed the daily struggle of pioneers living in remote areas and had the vision to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for the people of the bush. This exhibit focuses on the actual stories of people doing their bit to save lives across Australia. It will show the enormous scale of how the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) operates today and how they bridge the gaps in regional health services.
Living It Up
Outback towns provide comfort and shelter, a place to ‘wet the whistle’, have a yarn and catch up with the ‘bush telegraph’. When the bush carnival is in town, it’s fun for the young and young at heart. Living It Up celebrates the events and festivals that bring people together, such as rodeo, races, and music. The exhibit explores how equine sports such as campdrafting and rodeo are an extension of traditional stock worker skills – horse breaking, cattle drafting and roping.
Pub with some Beer
Enjoy a pub yarn and appreciate the pivotal role of the humble outback pub. This exhibit features a working bar complete with the Hall’s very own ‘Fire extinguisher lager’ named after one of Jack Absalom’s outback survival tips. “In lots of cases, people have fire extinguishers in their car and do not realise this. One of the extinguishers I always use is a can of beer. These are one of the best fire extinguishers you can get.”
The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is Australia’s premier outback heritage institution. Since its opening in 1988, the Hall of Fame has played host to over three million interstate and international visitors –providing each one with a remarkable outback cultural experience.
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This post is sponsored by the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.