The 10 Best Things to Do in Longreach, Australia

November 5, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Discover the best top things to do in Longreach, Australia including Outback Aussie Tours, Outback Pioneers, QANTAS Founders Museum, Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, Camden Park Station, Spirit of the Outback Train, Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre, Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout, Outback Pics, Longreach Powerhouse Museum.
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1. Outback Aussie Tours

Longreach Railway Station on Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia
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5 based on 426 reviews

Outback Aussie Tours

Let Outback Aussie Tours show you Outback Queensland. We offer Thomson River cruises and a selection of day tours including Station visits, Dinosaur attractions, Iconic Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. Don't miss our fully licensed Drover's Sunset Cruise featuring Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show. Watch the live entertainment on the River Stage while you enjoy a 2 course table camp oven themed dinner under the stars, with table service. For a fantastic station experience, join the Station Sunset Dinner Tour or one of two station smoko tours. Other tours taking in more of our Outback Queensland region include the Legendary Longreach and Winton Tour, Birdsville Desert Escape, Gulf Savannah Tour, Cape York & Torres Strait and the Corner Country Highlights tour. Travel in comfort aboard our custom designed vehicles and be treated to our well known Outback hospitality. We can't wait to meet you!

Reviewed By Paula S - Melbourne, Australia

We have just returned from a week's tour with Outback Aussie Tours and are still feeling thrilled at the experiences we had. Cannot speak highly enough of the organisation and attention to detail of the whole team. The Long Distance Education School, Qantas Founders' Museum, Stockmans' Hall of Fame, Sunset Cruise and dinner (serenaded by Drover John and his guitar), Lindsay the bush poet at the Wellshot Hotel in Ilfracombe, Corinne singing to us at our dinner at Henry's .........the tour covered a lot and we learned so much in a short time and would have been happy to spend even longer ! We were disappointed not to be able to get to Winton and the dinosaur trail because of flooding, but were well rewarded with the alternative visit to Barcardine with the Tree of Knowledge and Australian Workers' Heritage Centre. The day/night train trip from Brisbane was a novel experience, with good food and service, but it was VERY long and we'd probably fly in next time. Hopefully there will be a next time, as we had a great trip and met lovely people.

2. Outback Pioneers

128 Eagle St, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia
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5 based on 643 reviews

Outback Pioneers

Outback Pioneers invites everyone to come to Longreach and discover the heritage and pioneering spirit of outback Queensland. Step into pioneers shoes for holidays and experiences that entertain, educate and inspire. Owned and managed by the Kinnon family, Outback Pioneers reflects their love of the outback lifestyle and dedication to preserving it for future generations. What began in 2006 as a way to diversify the family’s grazing business in times of drought has become a passion to share Australia’s iconic heritage with visitors. When you visit Longreach you can also stay in Kinnon & Co’s award-winning, heritage-inspired Outback Accommodation, which is an attraction in its own right. Outback Pioneers is the only place in Australia you can gallop in a Cobb & Co stagecoach along part of an old mail route, see the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show and much more. You can also take a sunset cruise on the Thomson River to a stockman’s dinner around the campfire plus visit the Kinnon’s historic, working Nogo Station where Captain Starlight kept his stolen cattle and where station life continues to defy drought and distance. In Longreach, the Kinnon & Co Station Store and The Welcome Home are further attractions and the Outback Pioneers booking office is in The Welcome Home building at 128 Eagle Street.

Reviewed By julie w

This was the best attractions that we went to. From booking to collection to cruise, commentators, show, dinner, bush poetry and ride home. These collection of people have nailed it. If you only do one tour do this one. Would even do it again on...MoreThank you so much for the 5-star review for our Starlight's Cruise Experience, Julie, and for the recommendation to other visitors. We'd love to welcome you aboard again when you're next in Longreach.

3. QANTAS Founders Museum

Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia +61 7 4658 3737
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

QANTAS Founders Museum

Welcome to the Qantas Founders Museum.We are an independent not-for-profit community organization and registered charity, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd. Today, we are a world-class 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 artifacts. Our collection incorporates four of the world’s most significant airliners – the Consolidated PBY Catalina Flying Boat, the Douglas DC3, the 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 – the DeHaviland DH-61 Giant Moth, the DeHaviland DH-50, and the Avro 504k Dyak; Qantas’ first ever aircraft.

Reviewed By Jill C - Brisbane, Australia

Lots of interactive displays and short videos to keep even young teenagers engaged. Loved to story of Molly the model T Ford and her adventures. Learnt how to pronounce QANTAS properly.

4. Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

Landsborough Highway and the Thomson Developmental Road, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia +61 7 4658 2166
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

Reviewed By Alan C - Tewantin, Queensland, Australia

The iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame - beautiful building, beautiful art gallery, wonderful exhibits. It was just a shame that we missed the Outback Show as it doesn’t operate in the Summer months. Good excuse to come back again.Thanks Alan, great review, please do join us again when the Outback Show is on!

5. Camden Park Station

1 Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland QLD 4730, Australia +61 407 139 640
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5 based on 58 reviews

Camden Park Station

Live Australia’s outback story on a tour of Camden Park Station. Meet Outback Dan and the Walker family and visit their 18,000 acre working sheep and cattle station. Walk through the historical homestead Gardens, shearing shed and cattle yards then tour the farm after a scrumptious smoko. Visit the unknown swagman's grave, of a young man who set out for Camden Park Station looking to make his own opportunities, but unfortunately never made it. Bask in the picturesque Artesian spring and bore, enjoy a delicious smoko afternoon tea, and take in the 360 degree views without a man-made structure in sight from Longreach’s highest lookout. Visit the historic 'dry bottom' Chinaman's well that was built following the gold rush. Walk the path of Queen Elizabeth II and Price Phillip from their 1970 visit and marvel at the oldest private ballroom in the outback, built in 1927 of Jarrah wood and featuring an exquisite chandelier. Visit the unknown swagman's grave, of a young man set out for Camden Park Station looking to make his own opportunities, but unfortunately never made it. Book a tour of Camden Park Station now at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame or via Outback Aussie Tours.

Reviewed By ajrg77 - Brisbane, Australia

Let Outback Dan tell you a story or three as he takes you behind the scenes of the Walker family property at Camden Park, as visited by Her Majesty.

6. Spirit of the Outback Train

Longreach Railway Station | Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland, Australia +61 1800 872 467
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4 based on 133 reviews

Spirit of the Outback Train

Enjoy an up-front view of Queensland's captivating Outback, in air conditioned comfort onboard the Spirit of the Outback. This fascinating journey between Brisbane and Longreach offers a unique insight into the history and culture of early Australia through captivating onboard commentary. From the comfort of your seat or sleeper you'll wonder at the ever changing landscape, as Spirit of the Outback makes its way into the very heart of the Queensland Outback. On its journey west the Spirit of the Outback ventures through the heritage towns of Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine before arriving in Longreach, home to the famous Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.

Reviewed By Talknsmile - Hervey Bay, Australia

Train travel is roomy, relaxed travel and we enjoyed our 20 hour trip from Maryborough to Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback. The twin first class sleepers (sleeping toe to toe) have a hand basin, hot and cold running water, a power point, a mirror, bedside Reading light, a small wardrobe and space under the bed for your overnight bag. The air conditioning on the train is quite cool so go prepared. There is a doona and a blanket and a small space/pigeon hole beside your bed for your book, water or glasses. A gift bag of toiletries is a friendly greeting gesture. There is a toilet and a shower in the carriage plus filtered cold water on the end of the carriage outside. The bed folds away easily to a roomy seat to read or watch the changing view. White tablecloths, fresh flowers with neatly laid tables set the scene for beautifully presented, perfectly cooked meals. The servers are considerate, friendly and helpful. The historic Longreach Railway Station is lovingly maintained and you feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you stroll along the verandah or platform. What an outstanding outback memory! There is Spirirt in the Outback!

7. Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre

Eagle Street | Qantas Park, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia +61 7 4658 4150
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre

The Longreach Visitor Information Centre is dedicated to supplying up-to-date information, to visitors and locals, on tours, attractions, accommodation and places to eat. We also supply brochures on other regions in Queensland and can help with a wealth of traveling knowledge. We are also a booking centre for most tours in the Longreach Region.

Reviewed By KazNgaz50s - Perth, Australia

What a great reception when you first wander into this town. Most,like us, have travelled a long way to visit so it was lovely to receive such a war welcome at the visitors info centre and helpful advice. We spent 4 days in Longreach, went to the stockmans hall of fame, Qantas museum, did the outback experience of stagecoach/movie/tent show....all we highly recommend. Longreach seemed to be working as a community to ensure visitors were made welcome....great way to ensure your town not only survives but thrives. Worth the miles to visit this town and also Winton.

8. Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout

Longreach, Queensland, Australia +61 7 4658 4150
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout

50kms from Longreach, 42kms of unsealed road, please check road conditions at the Visitor Information Centre. This lookout gives you uninterrupted 360 views of the surrounding area.

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, Australia

Harry Readford (Capt. Starlight) may have been Australia's best known 'Duffer' (rustler) but he wasn't the smartest I'm afraid ! The only good choice he made was this Jump Up which offers spectacular views over the surrounding plains and is well worth the effort to get there ! Take your time to climb up and you won't regret it ! We left just as sunset was approaching to try and beat the Roos back into Town but others were going up with picnic basket & several cold ones, Sweet !!

9. Outback Pics

105 Eagle St, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia +61 7 4658 0170
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Outback Pics

Outback Gallery Longreach has a stunning Gallery of photographs of the local area from large canvas images to postcards & gifts. You can enjoy the best coffee and muffins in Longreach while sitting under the magnificent canopy of the Poinciana tree or beside an open fire.

Reviewed By Lpofbrisbane

I bought two large framed canvas photographs from Outback that arrived safely. Love the indigenous water bottle covers which make unique presents and stop condensation leaking into my handbag. Having a coffee at the back of the gallery looking at the photos is a great way to appreciate remote areas that are not easily accessible. My photo of the sands is vibrant and I never get tired of looking at it back in the concrete jungle.

10. Longreach Powerhouse Museum

12 Swan St, Longreach, Queensland 4730, Australia +61 7 4658 4150
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4 based on 14 reviews

Longreach Powerhouse Museum

Reviewed By Giacomo W

Well worth a visit, there is good access to the old machinery, good signage and interpretation which makes it easy to understand what the massive old machinery did. Also an old cottage and some more general rural museum items.

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