Outback Queensland for many people conjures up images of a stark landscape, hot dry and dusty plains that go on seemingly forever. For many this is also a place of great mystery and wonderment, with open star filled night skies and the stories of aboriginal and pioneering heritage of Australia.
For anyone who has ever harboured thoughts of visiting this amazing part of Queensland, it takes no more than to simply roll up your swag and head out bush. There are some truly incredible places and things to see in the Queensland Outback and what better place to start than Longreach.
The local people of the Outback are always welcoming (maybe that comes from having a limited population in the area) so why not have a yarn with a few locals and book a room in an old country pub? You can choose to camp under the stars and breathe in the fresh night air, or enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned motel.
Why not take a sunset cruise on the Thomson River complete with either a three-course dinner or a camp oven dinner with entertainment; or your very own intimate candlelight dinner.
Some of the great things on offer in or around Longreach are listed below:
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame - A tribute to Australia's outback pioneering heroes which includes a variety of electronic displays, photographs, films, traditional artefacts and stories of bush life.
Longreach - School of Distance Education - Visit one of the largest classrooms in the world at the Longreach School of Distance Education. Tours include a walk through the school with an explanation of how lessons are delivered; you can even observe a lesson.
Australian Agricultural College, Longreach Campus – This guided tour gives visitors a taste of life on the land in the outback of today. Observe students at work, see live animals and discover the many jobs on offer in the agricultural industry.
Qantas Founders Outback Museum - this world-class attraction commemorates the founders of this great Australian company that grew to become internationally recognised as a leader in world aviation. Join a tour of the decommissioned 747 the 'City of Bunbury' and the most recent addition to the collection is the Boeing 707 jet, the very first passenger jet ever owned by Qantas.
Longreach Powerhouse Museum – As one of Longreach's best kept secrets, the museum introduces visitors to the local history of this area with exhibits that include the powerhouse generating equipment, displays of social and commercial history, agricultural and road building machinery and the 1921 swimming baths.
Cobb and Co. Coach Rides – Take a ride on a Cobb and Co. Coach and experience life in the old days. Departing from the Station Store at Longreach, the ride takes you through the streets of the town and out on a 'Gallop through the Scrub'.