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Home of the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach might have a population of only 4000. But toss in 20,000 head of beef cattle, 750,000 sheep and the tens of thousands of visitors who flock into the town to pay homage to both the giants and the villains of the bush, and you get some idea of the economic importance of this Thomson River town to the western district and the state.

Local dignitaries never let you forget that while the founding directors of Queensland and Northern Territory Air Services might have held their first board meeting in the rival town of Winton, they very quickly moved the operation to Longreach - all of which, and much more, is documented and recorded in the superbly presented Qantas Founders Outback Museum.

An imaginative and colourful tribute is paid to the hardy men, women and assorted ratbags who opened up the Australian bush in the Stockman"s Hall of Fame, while the Powerhouse Museum reflects on the social history of the bush.

You can absorb more of the bush ambience on a Billabong Cruise of the Thomson River which dinkum bushies reckon is the dividing line between "town and Outback".

Longreach: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Longreach War Memorial

Volunteer enlistment in WWI was enthusiastic across Australia as was the grief as word made it back home of lost lives, some 60,000 mostly young men during the five year conflict.

Land was allocated for Anzac Memorial Park in 1924 with trees and grass planted.

Built by Rockhampton stonemason Mr F Allen at a cost ?1702, the tall granite needle-like column was delivered in three pieces. Its installation through a series of ropes and pulleys provided quite a spectacle for the residents. Financed through a combined venture of the neighbouring Longreach and Ilfracombe shires, it bears 90 names listed under four headings: Remembrance, Freedom, Unity and Sacrifice.

Longreach War Memorial was unveiled by the shire chairman RLH Petersen on ANZAC Day 1927.

Set in a park, a set of steps leading up from the highway through town, this memorial remains the focus for ANZAC remembrance ceremonies.

Landsborough Highway,
Corner of Galah Street
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 0.1K from Longreach

Railway Museum

The Longreach Railway Museum is a static museum depicting what life was like in the 1900s, when the rail played a vital role in the establishment of the town. The Railway Station is still in remarkably good condition and close to 100 years old; and it is still used to this day.

Landsborough Highway
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 0.4K from Longreach

Longreach Powerhouse Museum

The Longreach Powerhouse Museum is 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 museum grounds include: social history building with displays of early Longreach history; Longreach Swimming Baths; Nogo Cottage (depicting family life in the west from 1935 to 1955); various displays of agriculture and road maintenance machinery; and a collection of commercial office equipment circa 1908 - 1950 from local business houses. The Museum forms an interesting experience for the whole family.

12 Swan Street
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 0.5K from Longreach

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 your skate board, BMX Bike or Roller Blades if you have them.

Eagle Street
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 0.9K from Longreach

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. It tells the story of the rural areas from the arrival of the Aborigines more than 40,000 years ago, settled by the British, exploration, the establishment of grazing, agriculture, mining, forestry and other industries in country Australia. It follows the story through to the present day where technologies of many kinds are playing the role in farming, business and communications. Themes also include development of the outback properties, living in the outback and the stock worker.

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame was officially opened in 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Over one million people have visited this premier tribute to the men and women of the outback. Be sure not to miss the "Wool Bale" cafe where you can enjoy a snack or relaxing cuppa.

The live 'Outback Stockman's Show' tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land. The show features trick horses, a bull, dogs, sheep and so much more. A must do on everyone's itinerary.

The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is truly an iconic Queensland Outback experience.

Landsborough Highway
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 0.9K from Longreach

Longreach School of Distance Education

Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE), or Longreach School of the Air, acts as the heartbeat of education for almost 200 students spread throughout Central West Queensland and beyond. LSODE caters for the education of isolated students in an area 402,712 square kilometres.

They invite you along to experience a 'totally different' way of schooling, to walk in the footsteps of a student or teacher at the LSODE. The classroom and the playground are twice the size of Victoria!

Guided tours are offered twice daily at 9.00am and 10.30am, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and during the Christmas holidays). Bookings are necessary for large groups.

Depending on class times visitors may be able to observe and listen to an on-air lesson during the tour. The staff at the school are proud in the knowledge that they are nurturing bright, young and industrious rural Australians. As the LSODE motto indicates "Effort Conquers Distance!"

Sir James Walker Drive
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 1.2K from Longreach

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 walks and loops make an enjoyable expedition and showcase much of the local flora and fauna.

Longreach - Jundah Road
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 1.3K from Longreach

Longreach Cemetery

The Longreach Cemetery was established in 1893. With the Longreach Cemetery tour you can view interesting headstones and to the resting place of some of the early pioneers of Longreach. Feel free to wander, observe the symbols that adorn the memorials and read the epitaphs - the stories in stone still convey a message today.

Lark Street
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 1.4K from Longreach

Longreach: Travel Tips

Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre

Stockmen, shearers and spectacular sunsets are part and parcel of the Outback and you will find it all in the Longreach Region. From aviation and outback pioneers to prehistoric crocodiles the thriving Longreach region in the heart of Queensland has something for every traveller.

Soak up a stunning sunset on the Thomson River, or trace Major Mitchell's footsteps along the Outer Barcoo. Hear the stories of Australia's stockman and pioneers and learn how Qantas was born in the Outback. Take a tour of a working cattle station or step back in time in a Cobb and Co Coach, walk the 'Ilfracombe Machinery Mile' or discover Australia's first crocodile at Isisford. Quiet retreat or action-packed outback adventure, the Longreach region experience is what you want it to be. When planning your visit allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the many wonderful highlights the region has to offer. Contact the helpful staff at the Longreach Visitor Information Centre, or at the branch offices in Ilfracombe and Isisford, and they will help you in planning an unforgettable trip.

99 Eagle Street
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 0.1K from Longreach

Longreach Airport

The Longreach Airport services a daily flight from Brisbane with QANTASLink and a twice weekly flight from Townsville with West Wing Aviation. The terminal is fully air-conditioned with two car hire desks serviced by Budget and Avis. The airport is approximately a five minute drive from the town centre. Car parking is free of charge and a taxi service is also available. The Longreach Airport is also home to the Qantas Founders Museum, the 707 and 747 planes.

Landsborough Highway
Longreach, QLD, 4730

Located 2.1K from Longreach

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