Longreach is in the Central West area of Queensland
and is the largest town out here. Longreach was originally a campsite for shearers and only started to expand when a railway line was put through here in 1892. Longreach is the pioneer home of Qantas, it had its headquarters here for seven years in 1922. However, today Longreach is thought of as a typical outback town and many tourists flock here to experience the pioneer feel of the place.
Banjo's Outback Theatre and Pioneer Shearing Shed
You can learn a lot about the wool industry here and there are hands on displays and demonstrations. Bush poetry is a popular feature hear and of course you will here recitations from the works of it's namesake Banjo Patterson. Stork Road (07 4658 2379).
Lake Quarry Conservaton Park
Dinosaur footprints have been found here and now preserved.
Stockman’s Hall of Fame
The inspiration of outback artist Hugh Sawrey, who wanted to collect and preserve the tales of the pioneers of rural Australia before it became too late. The story starts with the arrival of the aborigines here some 40,000 years ago, but concentrates mainly on the exploration, settlement and development of this huge area of inland Australia (07 4658 2166).
Qantas Founders Outback Museum
Longreach is the home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum. There is a replica of the Avro 504K which was the first type of passenger aircraft used by the airline. Six such aircraft were built in this hangar between 1926 and 1930. A highlight is the walk on the wing of a Qantas 747. (07 4658 3737).
There is another museum in the town, and that is the Powerhouse Museum in what was originally the electricity generation station. The old generating equipment is on display, but there are also displays of local social history, and agricultural and building machinery.