Ilfracombe

About Ilfracombe


Population: 350

Ilfracombe is located 28km due East of Longreach on the Matilda Way and was named after a small town in Devonshire, England. Ilfracombe was founded in 1891 as a transport hub for Wellshot Station, which at the time held the largest number of sheep on any station in the world.

Experience the sense of freedom and adventure as you spend time exploring the charms of Ilfracombe; you can’t miss the ‘Great Machinery Mile’, an amazing line-up of historic machinery stretching over one kilometre. The collection of machines leads you to the Folk Museum, a replica of an early station residence. 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 Horsemen.

Visit the Wellshot Centre and learn about the story of Wellshot Station, one of Australia’s greatest sheep and wool producers.

Call into the Wellshot Hotel; an exceptional historic outback pub standing exactly as it was established over 120 years ago, it is well worth a wander through. Then to finish off your day you can relax in the artesian spa.

Experiences

The Wellshot Centre

The Wellshot Centre is dedicated to telling the story of one of Australia’s largest sheep stations. View a 20 minute film “A Rush for Grass” which graphically displays the challenges faced by early pioneers and their fortitude in adapting to a harsh and fickle climate. The building is…

The Jackson Collections

The Jackson Collections was opened by the Governor General in September 2009, and is the lifetime collections of two brothers, Hilton and Ike Jackson. Prepare to be thoroughly intrigued by the many other interesting items on display; hubcaps, buttons, drill bits, rabbit traps and scissors are just some…

Ilfracombe Machinery Mile and Heritage Museum

Otherwise known as The Great Machinery Mile, it hosts a 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.The display is free of charge, with…

Ilfracombe Post Office

The solidly constructed and quite picturesque tongue and groove Post Office building turned 100 years old in December 2009. This building offers full Australia Post services, Rural Transaction Centre, Library, public-use computers, internet, photocopying, faxing facilities and a comprehensive gift shop. In April 2010 the Post Office will…

Ilfracombe Memorial Park, Swimming Pool and Spa

The Ilfracombe Memorial Park, located in the centre of town offers access to the local swimming pool and Artesian Spa. After enjoying a leisurely swim why not relax and take advantage of the barbecue facilities and playground equipment, all provided free of charge. Come and enjoy these facilities…

Langenbaker House

A very special historic attraction, Langenbaker House gives a vivid snapshot of Outback family life at the turn of the century. Well over 110 years old and heritage listed, Langenbaker House presents a rare insight into the hardships, the ‘make do’ approach to life, and the simple pleasures…

12 Mile

The 12 Mile as it has been known since its heyday, is where you can discover a magnificent example of 19th century craftsmanship. Thousands upon thousands of naturally formed flagstones, carefully sorted and then meticulously placed together to form a leak-proof reservoir to retain water so precious to…

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