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Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, named after a small town in Devonshire England, originated in 1891 as a transport nucleus for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time (in terms of stock numbers). The town had three hotels each with its own dance hall, a soft drink maker, a coach builder, two general stores, a billiard saloon, a dressmaker, three commission agents, a couple of butchers, a baker and a saddler. Today there are just 350 people living in a shire which covers an area of 6,500 square kilometres. Another record claimed by the shire is that of the largest mob of sheep ever moved as a single flock. In 1886 a mob of 43,000 sheep were moved through the area by a droving team of 27 horsemen and that doesn't include the cooks, blacksmiths and hands which would have been needed to accompany the drovers. Transport was once the lifeblood of the area when, long before the railway reached as far as Ilfracombe, wagons drawn by up to 30 horses and taking three months carried the wool to the nearest port, Rockhampton, 650 kilometres away. It is unlikely that any other Australian town could boast such a brilliant display of historical machinery, as does Ilfracombe. Not only that, but it's all on public show, with antique machinery and farm equipment lining the entry road to the town. Nowadays Ilfracombe is a small western Queensland township surrounded by large grazing properties, located 27 kilometres east of Longreach and 80 kilometres west of Barcaldine.

Coopers Country Lodge - Eromanga

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Discovery Parks - Argylla - Mount Isa

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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From: A$220

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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O'Reilly's Mountain Villas - Lamington National Park

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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From: A$181

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Spicers Hidden Vale - Grandchester

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The Rocks Motel - Charleville

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Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 also the local Visitor Information Centre. The Wellshot Centre contains detailed information about local attractions as well as souvenirs.




McMaster Drive
Ilfracombe, QLD, 4727

Located 20.9K from Ilfracombe

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 that Ilfracombe Memorial Park, Swimming Pool and Spa offer.




LOT 2 Main Avenue,
106A Eagle Street
Ilfracombe, QLD, 4727

Located 20.9K from Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Machinery 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 a donation box located on premises if you feel generous.

Visitors can expect to see many forms of old machinery, including a 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor (only two more of this model left in the world), Steam Devil, a big Excavator driven by three horse powered steam engine, which runs along one railway line. Made in 1880 and sold in 1882, it would be safe to say this excavator is the only remaining one of its kind. There's also a 12 tonne Stuart Tank that has been converted to a dozer; the first series grader made by Caterpillar in 1935, an early 1900 Lacre Light Truck, and a 1914 Republic Truck.




Main Avenue
Ilfracombe, QLD, 4727

Located 21.1K from Ilfracombe

Australian Agricultural College - Longreach Campus


The Longreach Campus of the Australian Agricultural College, established in 1967, is the largest and longest established provider of practical agricultural and vocational training in Queensland.

The Longreach Campus of the Australian Agricultural College is dedicated to excellence through quality training and development of practical people for the rural and associated industries. Areas of interest include rural business management, mechanics and welding, building construction, sheep and wool, goat production, cattle and horses, and station activities.

Guided tours of the College are available from April to October. Visitors can walk around the College's extensive facilities and observe students at work in a practical rural environment.

Air-conditioned seminar rooms and a state-of-the-art auditorium are available for conferences and meetings. Motel style accommodation and catering services are also available on campus for the convenience of meeting and conference groups.




Landsborough Highway
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 24.8K from Ilfracombe

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