Longreach

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 2976

Longreach is the largest town in central-west Queensland. Lying on the Tropic of Capricorn, this 'boom and bust' country is affected by flooding rains and devastating drought. It epitomises the outback and features the renowned Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, devoted to the outback hero. In 1922 Longreach became the operational base for Qantas and remained so until 1934. The world's first Flying Surgeon Service started from here in 1959. Longreach is bisected by the Thompson River, the vast length of which is this town's namesake.

Visitor Information

Qantas Park, Eagle St; (07) 4658 4150

www.longreach.qld.gov.au

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  • Barcaldine

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In Town

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre Opened in 1988 by Queen Elisabeth II, this impressive centre is a tribute to the men and women who pioneered outback Australia for settlement, industry and agriculture. Read More

Qantas Founders Museum This modern museum details the commercial-flight history of the 2nd oldest airline in the world. Explore the restored 1922 hangar, which features displays on early flights and a replica Avro 504K. Visit the exhibition hall to see how flying has evolved over the last century; Longreach Airport, Landsborough Hwy; (07) 4658 3737.

Powerhouse Museum: displays of old agricultural machinery, power station and local history museum; open 2–5pm Apr–Oct; Swan St.

Botanical Gardens: walking and cycling trails; Landsborough Hwy.

Banjo's Outback Theatre and Woolshed: bush poetry, songs and shearing; near airport.

Qantas Park: replica of original Qantas booking office, which now houses the information centre; Eagle St. 

Heritage buildings: highlights include the courthouse (1892) in Galah St and the railway station (1916) in Sir Hudson Fysh Dr.

Kinnon and Co: offers horse-drawn adventure tours; bookings through The Station Store; (07) 4658 2006. 

Nearby

Lochern National Park Waterholes created by the Thomson River are a sanctuary for a variety of birds. Camp beside the billabong in true outback style at Broadwater Hole and watch the brolgas and pelicans. For visitors passing through, drive the 16 km Bluebush Lagoon circuit to see the natural attractions of this park and glimpse Australian favourites – the kangaroo and emu. Visitors must be self-sufficient. Check road conditions before departing – roads may be impassable in wet weather; (07) 4652 7333. Turnoff 100 km S onto Longreach–Jundah Rd, then further 40 km.

Thomson River: fishing, bushwalking and swimming; 4.6 km NW.

Ilfracombe: once a transport nucleus for the large Wellshot Station to the south, now an interesting outdoor machinery museum runs the length of this town on the highway. Another feature is the historic Wellshot Hotel, with a wool-press bar and local memorabilia; 27 km E.

Starlight's Lookout: said to be a resting spot of Captain Starlight. Enjoy the scenic view; 56 km NW.

Sheep and cattle station tours: visit local stations to try mustering and shearing; contact visitor centre for details.

Thomson River cruises: contact visitor centre for details.

Campsites around town

Longreach Tourist Park 1 km

This holiday park provides a comfortable stay in one of central Qld’s popular tourist towns. Facilities include 2 swimming pools, 3 spas, a mini mart, wireless broadband internet or internet kiosks, free electric... Find out more


Longreach Waterhole camping area 5 km

The Longreach Waterhole is reached from the Landsborough Hwy, about 4 km north-west of Longreach. There’s a toilet block, picnic tables and shelters in the adjacent day-use area, but you need to be totally... Find out more


Barcoo River camping area 92 km

Camping is permitted beside the Barcoo River in Isisford. The camping area has a toilet block; the nearby park has an amenities block with showers. The Barcoo River offers excellent fishing, camping, canoeing and... Find out more


Oma Waterhole camping area 94 km

The Oma Waterhole for self-sufficient campers is set beside the Barcoo River on Yaraka Rd, 13 km south of Isisford. The river offers excellent fishing, camping, canoeing and birdwatching. Isisford is about 120 km west of... Find out more


Muttaburra Caravan Park 99 km

Muttaburra Caravan Park is on Bridge St in Muttaburra, about 85 km north-west of Aramac. Muttaburra is part of the Barcaldine Regional Council, one of the largest cattle-producing regions in central western Qld.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Longreach Tourist Park 2 km

Longreach is a busy tourist centre during the cooler months and a booking is important even though the park has expanded. It is within walking distance of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and about 2 km from... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Albert Park Motor Inn

The resort-style pool and landscaped gardens here are a welcome oasis to return to at the end of a day of sightseeing in this challenging climate. The inn is next to the city’s biggest attractions, the Australian... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Longreach Waterhole camping area 4 km

5km NW of Longreach (R) or 175km SE of Winton (L)

Well off the highway near the river via River Farms Rd.


Macsland rest area 21 km

24km NW of Longreach (R) or 156km SE of Winton (L)

Just off the highway near the scrub.


Ilfracombe park area 27 km

At Ilfracombe

Adjacent to the highway at the historical vehicle display.


Newstead Creek rest area 32 km

74km W of Barcaldine (R) or 6km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub.


Dartmouth rest area 44 km

63km W of Barcaldine (R) or 17km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


Morella rest area 65 km

69km NW of Longreach (R) or 111km SE of Winton (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


Tara rest area 77 km

29km W of Barcaldine (R) or 51km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


What's on around town

Easter in the Outback: Easter.

Outback Muster and Drovers Reunion: May.

Rodeo: July.

Fishing Competition: Aug.

Horseracing: Nov.

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