What ticks two food groups and can be found in every counter menu across Outback Queensland? Ding ding; a chicken parmigiana.
Whether you like your feasts saucy, laden with cheese or with all extras (pineapple anyone?); if you’re looking for a little holiday overindulgence, you’re in the right place holidaying in Outback Queensland.
But if parmys aren’t your game, we recommend you put these places in Longreach to the taste test.
1. Fine dine it at Harry’s Restaurant
Named after local outback legend Harry Redford, the award-winning Harry’s Restaurant sits in Longreach’s CBD and is only a short stroll from most places in town.
If you’re one for a white-linen tablecloth wine and dine; their seasonal Australian menu has you covered from grill favourites to fresh seafood specials, all which can be expertly matched with wines from Harry’s Bar.
Come prepared and wear stretchy fabrics, entrees are a must at Harry’s and come in the form of American style sticky pork ribs, seared tuna tataki or salt and pepper crocodile drizzled with chilli lime glaze.
Our pick? The baked brie pot with honey-thyme glazed walnuts, mini toasts and house jam.
If you’ve got a second stomach, top off the night with an affogato best served with a nip of your favourite liqueur.
2. Sizzling Stonegrill at The Welcome Home
Introducing Outback Queensland’s answer to Teppanyaki, The Welcome Home’s Stonegrill.
Serving up only the best cuts and freshest produce on their 400-degree hot-stones right at your table, you’re guaranteed a drool-worthy night.
Take your pick from beef, salmon, chicken or lamb; or take a bite on the wild side with their native tasting stone, a serve of local beef with samples of kangaroo and crocodile.
Sauces borrow from native flavours too, think lemon myrtle, pear and ginger, and Dianne (with a difference).
Help yourself to all the sides including , stir-fry, salad and steamed veg.
Love dessert? Dive into their all you can eat dessert bar (no you aren’t dreaming) including an ice-cream and a lolly-bar.
3. Jet set for breakfast at the Qantas Founders Museum
If you’re not a fan of airport breakfasts, the Qantas Founders Museum is about to change your perception of airport food forever.
If you’ve got an early take off, sit down and fuel up for a hot breaky before taking flight on their Jet Tour or Boeing 707 Wing Walk.
Craving eggs benedict? You’re in luck. Take your pick of grilled ham, bacon or salmon to go with poached eggs and a smothering of hollandaise sauce.
If you’re hungry post museum tour, grab an inflight bite on the way out or pit-stop for lunch from their McGinness’ Restaurant.
4. Dinner with a cowboy show
Hold onto the edge of your seats for this one, this is the real Australian Outback Spectacular.
Over two courses of barbequed prime rib steak, sausages, chicken skewers with vegetables and salad, watch stockmen crack whips and perform tricks.
Looking for more bucket list Longreach experiences like this one? Here’s 10 other things to do while in Longreach.
5. Brunch at the railway
Working out of Longreach’s heritage-listed railway station, the Historic Railway Café will provide you with your coffee fix (with a chocolate freckle on the side), even if you aren’t jumping on board the Spirit of the Outback en-route to Brisbane.
Brunch buddies can rejoice with avo onr, granola, yoghurt and chia puddings and berry smoothie bowls.
Or if you’re in a #treatyoself mood, grab one of their Nutella or Mint Slice milkshakes.
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6. Camp cooking luxury all done for you
Jump on board the Longreach Explorer and set sail for sunset down the Coolibah-lined Thomson River with cold bevvies and cheesy nibbles in hand.
After filling up your phone’s memory with photos of river sunset hues, turtles and local birdlife, settle back for tucker under the stars with Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show.
The two courses of camp oven themed cuisine give you the camp cooking experience without lifting a finger (or drawing the short straw on dish duty).
The camp comes to life with guest performers who entertain with their stories and songs that’ll have you dancing the night away.
An outback camp cook-up wouldn’t be complete without damper, so spare some room and devour their damper served with golden syrup and a cup of billy tea to wash it down with.
Looking for more outback foodie experiences like this to fill your pie hole? Check out these 15 best places to experience an outback menu.
7. Dine in or out, city style
If you fancy a cocktail (or two), take a street-side seat at CCD.
Step away from the pub classics and dabble into their tapas menu that sit perfectly in hand with one of their fruity cocktails or craft beers.
From halloumi croquettes, chicken popcorn and crispy calamari tapas to platters of ribs, wings and loaded fries, you’ll forget that you’ve even left the city.
If you’re looking for a night inside the motel room or caravan, grab their menu takeaway style. Eight-hour braised leg of lamb anyone?
8. The local bakery
If you’re wondering where the smell of fresh bread wafting down the street is coming from, the Merino Bakery is your answer.
Outback locals take their smoko seriously, so by mid-morning you’ll find this bakery packed with everyone piling in for a snack and a cuppa.
Eat like the locals do and get your hands on a flaky pastry pie or cast your eyes to their sweets cabinet. Can’t choose? We recommend the local favourite, a fresh cream filled peach blossom.
9. Dine at an outback oasis
Take an easy afternoon stroll after touring the Qantas Founders Museum or Stockman’s Hall of Fame or a few steps from your motel room door to the Albert Park Motel’s Oasis Restaurant.
Sit poolside or in air-conditioning indoor comfort and take your pick from meals like pan-fried perch, pumpkin and spinach gnocchi, and mango and avocado salad – and that’s only the start of their menu.
The kids won’t be disappointed either – all kids meals include ice-cream.