Longreach

About Longreach


Population: 3000

Visitors to Longreach can easily imagine what life was like for Australia’s pioneers thanks to the range of authentic experiences on offer. Visitors can ride in a galloping Cobb & Co stagecoach, gently cruise along our river and look up in awe at a canopy of stars; surrounded by the timeless landscape that inspired Australia’s iconic bush poets. They can enhance their understanding further at the world-class museums, Qantas Founders Museum and Australian Stockmen’s Hall of Fame, dedicated to the stories that forged the region’s place in Australia’s history.

Limitless horizons. Clear skies. No traffic. No crowds. True peace and quiet. A place where you can spend time in small, welcoming communities; where people look out for one another and are always ready to share a laugh or a good story.

 

 

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Experiences

Outback Pioneers

Outback Pioneers brings outback pioneering spirit to life with ingenious and much-loved experiences and holidays in Longreach, Queensland. Here heritage meets quirky humour, big landscapes meet big hearts as the Kinnon family share their outback lifestyle and insights into iconic Australian culture. Guests can unleash their own pioneering

Outback Aussie Tours

Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and

Outback Aussie Day Tours

Outback Aussie Tours is a family-owned local operator with over 34 years of experience and unrivalled local Outback Queensland knowledge, passion and connections. Discover Queensland’s heartland, their pioneering legends, Outback stations and the majestic Thomson River. Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show: Enjoy a two-course table service dinner, featuring

Air Central West

Air Central West is a family operated tourist and air charter company based in Longreach, Queensland run by Phillip and Lyndel Owens. In operation since 1995, Air Central West specialises in one and two day Lake Eyre and Channel Country tours, as well as private tours and specialised

Thomson River, Longreach

The Thompson River is located approximately four and a half kilometres north west of Longreach along the Landsborough Highway heading to Winton. While offering perfect camping spots along its banks, walking tracks and a ‘beach’, the river is also home to a number of species of fish, turtles

Starlights Lookout

Starlight’s Lookout overlooks Longreach and offers great views of the surrounding area. It is located roughly 55 kilometres north-west of Longreach along the Muttaburra / Cramsie Road. It is said that the lookout itself was once used by the notorious cattle thief Harry Redford. The road is unsealed

Qantas Founders Museum

Qantas Founders Museum (QFM) is an independent not-for-profit community organisation, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd. QFM is a world-class museum and cultural display, eloquently telling the story of the founding of

Longreach Historic Railway Station

Longreach railway station is the terminus station of the Central Western line, serving the town of Longreach. It was built from 1887 to 1916. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 12 December 2005. Today the station is served by the Spirit of the Outback train

Longreach Skate Park

The Longreach Skate Park is located on Eagle Street heading towards Jundah. It is undercover and situated at a grassy area with parking available. The Skate Park is popular with locals and teenagers and is a great place to let your children get some exercise. You can ride

Outback Stockman’s Show

This live Outback Stockman’s show tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land. It encompasses the modern-day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like in the past. All be it with

Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum

The Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum house local history, stories and artifacts as well as being the largest preserved rural generating facility in Australia. Displays in this building explain how electricity was generated, maintained and distributed throughout the Shire, and the distribution network maintained. Other exhibits in the

Longreach School of Distance Education

?Imagine a classroom more than twice the size of Victoria, where the playground is as vast as the outback and the partnership between home and school is legendary. They invite you to join them in touring one of the largest classrooms in the world! Observe their school in

Lily Lagoon

Lily Lagoon is a temporary waterhole fed by the Thomson system usually after good floods. The lilies are from the Hymphea genus of water lilies and are unique to the Thomson River system, being found only around Longreach. The lagoon is an important refuge and habitat for many

Lochern National Park

This is Queensland’s channel country, where flooding rains and devastating droughts are part of western Queensland life. Lochern has 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage, fringed with huge old coolibahs. All four species of Mitchell grass grow here. A newly described subspecies of turtle, Emmott’s short-necked turtle, lives

Iningai Nature Reserve

Iningai Nature Reserve is named after the Inangai, the traditional owners who lived along the Thomson River prior to European settlement. It is currently a reserve and the town common. You’ll find bushwalking tracks leading from just south of town where car parking is available. The many different

Camden Park Station – Longreach

Live Australia’s outback story on a tour of Camden Park Station, where you’ll meet Outback Dan and the Walker family and visit their 18,000 acre working sheep and cattle station. Take the path of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip on their 1970 visit and marvel at the

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

The iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, Longreach reopened its doors on April 1 2021 with a swag of new visitors enjoying immersive and interactive experiences. The people of the bush are an honest, jovial and hard-working tribe that have supported the Hall over

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Meanwhile in Longreach | #outbackqueensland

Instagram post 17956245376842359 After a massive undertaking to remove the 100 tonne Pride of the Murray from the river in Echuca in Victoria to an epic 2000km journey to Longreach, she is home!

Built in 1924 as a wool barge, the Pride of the Murray will now undergo restoration works ready to welcome tourists for many years to come.

All of the @outbackpioneers immersive, award-winning and authentic experiences and accommodation including a future sunset cruise on the Pride of the Murray, can be booked at https://www.outbackpioneers.com.au/lp/pride-of-the-murray/

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Instagram post 17902195538614135 And the winners are ....

We are very excited to announce the winners of our recent 'Win a Holiday' competition. 

1st prize winner - Hugh P from 4670
Congratulations Hugh, you have won a fly-rail holiday package with @rex.airlines, @queenslandrailtravel and iconic Outback Queensland attraction’s entry tickets, day tour experiences, and accommodation. Value $3500.

2nd prize winner - Sarah D from 4818
Congratulations Sarah, you have won Outback Queensland accommodation and attractions package. Value $800.

3rd prize winner - Debra R from 4228
Congratulations Debra, you have won a $500 fuel voucher.

Hugh, this might be you soon on the 'Spirit of the Outback' travelling through @camdenparkstation in Longreach! Thanks Outback Dan for the video.

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Instagram post 17999886103446968 100 year old piece of pioneer history hits the road!

More than 40 people, a 26-metre long and 8.7 metre wide trailer, 700-horsepower prime mover, police escort and nerves of steel were needed to lift a 100-year old paddlewheeler out of the Murray River in Victoria and transport it on a mega trailer more than 1700km to its new home in Longreach by road with @outbackpioneers.

The massive undertaking to remove the 100 tonne Pride of the Murray from the river in Echuca in Victoria has been completed with the road trip north set to get underway soon.

It's believed to be the largest haulage of a marine vessel this old ever undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere!

Another hurdle for the Outback Pioneer’s haulage team is the age and construction of the vessel means it can only be out of the water for a maximum of seven days, before the timber begins to shrink, so timing is crucial.

The whole convoy will be supported on its journey by police and pilot vehicles and can only travel during daylight hours, so it will stop overnight in regional towns along the way.

The paddlewheeler is their latest attraction and will be the signature boat for their Starlight’s Cruise Experience from the 18th of June. Book to be a part of riverboat history when she cruises the Thomson via https://www.outbackpioneers.com.au/lp/pride-of-the-murray/

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Instagram post 17909428967412751 Festival of Outback Opera is back!

Over 10 days (18-27 May), the unforgettable landscapes of Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine, Blackall, Tambo and Windorah, will take centre stage as the Outback is filled with song, music and performance following the great success of 2021’s inaugural Festival.

The 2022 Festival of Outback Opera, presented by @operaqueensland in association with The @uniofqld, features- 
- two spectacular open-sky concerts in Longreach and Winton, 
- four performances of The Sopranos 
- a newly commissioned work by poet and writer Sarah Holland-Batt 
- Opera Queensland’s popular community singalongs Sing Sing Sing, 
- and a program of community events and activations in quintessentially Outback locations.

For more details and bookings go to https://tinyurl.com/FestOutbackOpera22

Or you can hop onboard special charter flight packages with Sheehan Events for 20 and 21 May performances in Winton and Longreach. Go to https://tinyurl.com/FestOutbackOperaPackages

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