Longreach is one of western Queensland's largest towns with a population of around 3500. The town is located on the banks of the Thompson River. Longreach is a major centre in western Queensland with shops and supermarkets where you get everything you need for your further trip.
There are several Motels and Hotels available in Longreach. The Cunnadoo Caravan Park is a good place to stay, if you are travelling with a Caravan or Camper.
There's a lot of history in Longreach: The Railway arrived here in 1892 and in 1921 the first Qantas flight left here to Winton (about 200 km further west). Longreach became the base for the airline the following year. The first aircrafts in Australia were build here too. To see Longreach and its major attraction allow at least two days (or more).
The Qantas Founders' Outback Museum and the Stockman's Hall of Fame. Both are worth to visit and are only a short drive from the town center.
Since autumn 2002 a Boeing 747 is standing in front of the Qantas Founders' Outback Museum and can be seen already from the distance. The Museum has an interesting exhibition about the history of Qantas from the very beginning to the present days.
The Stockman's Hall of Fame exhibits excellent displays about the history of the settlement of the Outback, which begins with the arrival of the Aboriginal people some 40.000 years ago to today.
There a some more attractions in Longreach: The Longreach Pastoral College, Power House Museum and the Arts and Cultural Centre.
The Visitor Information Centre is located in Eagle Street, opposite the Post Offce (Phone: 07 4658 3555). Further information are also available in the Internet on www.longreach.qld.gov.au.
© Jörg-Jost Michaelis. Last Updated: 20.09.2006