Longreach- Australian Country Life.
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland approximately 700 kiolmetres from the coast, west of Rockhampton. It’s the Heart of Outback Queensland and is famous for its characters, cultural heritage, ancient landscapes and welcoming communities.
Best known for its iconic heritage attractions which breathe life into our pioneering stories and outback legends, there is much more to discover in the historic towns of Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford and Yaraka if you have the time and sense of adventure.
The town is named after the ‘long reach’ of the Thompson River on which it is situated. The town is on the Tropic of Capricorn and has a population about 3100. The main industries of the area are cattle, sheep, and, more recently, tourism.
Longreach is also the home of the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and is Australia’s premier outback heritage institution. In Queensland’s central western town of Longreach, the centre provides visitors with a spectacular outback experience.
It was also one of the founding centres for Qantas, the Australian domestic and international airline.The aircraft collection incorporates four of the world’s most significant aircraft – the Consolidated PBY Catalina Flying Boat, Douglas DC-3, Boeing 707 and the legendary Boeing 747. In addition, we have full scale replicas of some of the most important aircraft in the early Qantas fleet – de Havilland DH-61 Giant Moth, de Havilland DH-50, and Avro 504K Dyak; Qantas’ first aircraft.
One of the airline’s original hangars remains in use at the Longreach airport and is listed on the Australian National Heritage list.