Have you ever wanted to take a closer look at the passenger jets that most modern travellers take for granted? The only place in the world that you do that is The Qantas Founders Outback Museum, and they have two of them dedicated to doing just that.
Permanently located at the museum is the ex-Qantas 747-200 VH-EBQ and it’s open for guided tours including a unique wing walk experience. It even has some roof, wall and floor panels removed so the tour gives an informative look into the secrets of this magnificent aircraft.
The museum has recently acquired a fully restored Boeing 707, VH-XBA, the very first passenger jet registered in Australia and Qantas first jet aircraft, this aircraft is also now available for tours. Please note that there is no photography permitted in the 707.
The museum also has many historic aircraft on display, just one example is the Qantas Empire Airways DC-3 aircraft that looks fantastic in it's original markings. The museum also boasts an impressive replica of the AVRO 504K (Biplane) amongst many others.
The Museum is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm (except Christmas Day). The main exhibition hall is air-conditioned and you can also see what it was like back in the 1920s when you enter the original Qantas hanger, or take one of the jet aircraft tours to discover how special this airline really is.
There are many ways to get to Longreach, QantasLink operates daily return flights between Brisbane and Longreach in the comfort of the Dash 8 aircraft.
Alternatively you can take a Queensland Rail TravelTrain such as the multi-award winning "Spirit of the Outback", a fully-themed rail adventure operating twice weekly between Brisbane and Longreach. One train leaves Brisbane every Tuesday night, and arrives in Longreach on Wednesday night and then returns to Brisbane the following morning.
The second train departs Brisbane, at lunchtime on Saturday and arrives in Longreach Sunday lunchtime then returns to Brisbane the following morning.
If you prefer to travel by road there are fully-sealed highways to and from all major towns to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for all types of vehicles, caravans and buses. Check with coach companies for service details.
Photo: Supplied by QFOM