This museum is unique in that it houses an electrical industry collection second to none and of National significance. The Power Station building is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and the site on the Register of the National Estate. The Historical Museum holds a collection of objects and memorabilia that gives a snapshot of the history of Longreach.
The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre, bringing to life the rugged landscape of the outback, our galleries reveal the incredible and often unknown stories of the everyday people who are at the heart of the outback—our unsung heroes. A journey for all your senses featuring the birth of a nation through the eyes of the Australian stockman.
A world-class, award winning museum and cultural display, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, replica aircraft and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Visitors enjoy informative guided tours of the Boeing 707, Boeing 747, Super Constellation and DC-3 in the Museum’s new Airpark Enclosure.
Let Outback Pioneers take you on a gentle cruise down the majestic Thomson to watch the sunset and birds flock to roost on the riverbanks. Then we go ashore for a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner, followed by bush poetry with a local outback storyteller. Next, the bush is illuminated by the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show. Finally, in the atmospheric surroundings of the bush at night, enjoy the timeless favourite – billy tea and damper.
Outback Aussie Tours invites you aboard the Longreach Explorer! Your captain will captivate you with stories about the river, its wildlife and indigenous links. We stop at Sunset Bend to toast the sunset and take in the stunning colours of the outback sky. Relax under the stars with table-service dining featuring camp-oven themed modern cuisine at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & guest artists will entertain you with their songs and stories.
In the historic shearing sheds, you’ll meet the merinos then experience a station safari by open-top double-decker with a spectacular view of the vast plains where wedge-tailed eagles fly and local wildlife mingles with iconic cattle breeds, stock-horses and feral animals like desert camels, wild donkeys, pigs and more. Relax with smoko under the gum trees (with billy tea of course) while the Kinnons tell you more.
Join Outback Aussie Tours on a tour of Camden Park Station, an 18,000-acre property just a short drive from town. This historic property has been in the Walker family for 5 generations. See the ‘Dry Bottom’ Chinaman’s Well built in the 1920s, visit Swaggies Grave and see the huge solar farm, just one of the recent diversifications undertaken by the family. Enjoy a delicious Ploughman’s lunch in the Shearing Shed while listening to stories of when royalty came to visit.
Hold on to your hat for the only stagecoach gallop in Australia! And it’s the closest you can get to feeling what it would have been like in the pioneer past. After the 45 minute stagecoach ride and photos, slow down with a traditional smoko (the original Aussie tea break), a classic Australian movie in retro cinema seats and our Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show, which has fun for all the family in a tribute to the old travelling shows.
Tonight, settle back and enjoy an evening to remember dining under the stars beside the Coolibah lined river. A two-course table service dinner, featuring our camp oven themed modern cuisine. Live on stage our quality guest performers will entertain you with their songs and stories. A night out at the award-winning Smithy’s is a ‘must do’ when in Longreach – an experience that is bound to be a highlight of your Outback holiday.
You step into the past with the legendary stagecoach driver, Ned Devine and his famous team of all grey horses. Become pioneers for the evening. The ride reaches a vantage point at sunset, where you’ll soak in the colours of the outback sky and linger awhile for refreshments before returning to town with the stagecoach lamps lit. Then join ‘Ned Devine’ for dinner.
‘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’. We invite you to join us in touring one of the largest classrooms in the world! Observe our school in action and learn how education is delivered using technology ‘in the bush’.
It’s a hilarious hour of entertainment featuring animals, stockmen and improvised live theatre with a laugh a minute. Based on the traditional outback travelling shows, it’s hard not to be charmed by the simple delights of bush theatre. The Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show tells a fictional story set in the time of Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) and refers to his infamous adventures.
Our air-conditioned coach tour travels the 180 kilometres from Longreach to Winton. Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, the Waltzing Matilda Centre and enjoy lunch at the legendary North Gregory Hotel. Your full-day experience includes: Entry to Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Lunch at the legendary North Gregory hotel, Entry to the Waltzing Matilda Centre, pick-up & drop-off at town accommodation.
Come aboard our helicopter and view the spectacular scenery that the Outback has to offer. You will be truly amazed by the flat vastness and beauty of the country. Queensland Helicopters offers you a fantastic 10 minute scenic flight around Longreach and over the Thomson River. You will see the famous Stockman’s Hall of Fame and of course the QANTAS Museum and 747 on display at the airport
Air Central West specialises in flights to spectacular destinations such as Lake Eyre, the Channel Country and scenic flights around the Longreach Region. Air Central West has a reputation as the leader in small group charter flights. One and Two Day – Lake Eyre & Channel Country Tour Ex Longreach, Scenic Flights around Longreach and the Channel Country.
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 1km. The collection of machines leads you to the Folk Museum, a replica of an early station residence, also 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 Horseman. Visit the Wellshot Centre learn about the story of Wellshot Station one of Australia’s greatest sheep and wool producers.
Isisford has plenty to offer when it comes to history with the Main Street housing many of the older buildings like the Hooper & Brunkhorst Store, Butcher and Bakery. Also within walking distance is the Whitman’s Memorial Museum and Park and the Isisford District Hospital Museum & Multipurpose Centre. Step back in time over 100 millions years of the prehistoric history is contained in this little town. The Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre features the world class fossil exhibits including one of the oldest modern day crocodiles,’Isisfordia Duncani’ and the ancient Isisford Bulldog fish, which belongs to a group of fishes known as ichthyodectiform.
The small township of Yaraka is nestled between Mesa Hills with the backdrop being the Yang Yang Ranges that offer unique and spectacular picture postcard scenery – a photographer’s delight with their craggy escarpments that are a cacophony of hues and colours at sunrises and sunsets. The township offers powered caravan sites for a small fee, a swimming pool and amenities next to a beautifully maintained and cared for park with BBQ and ample covered seating with a tennis court and children’s playground.