Enjoy a dose of Australian history in Central Queensland. Aviation geeks and keen travellers alike will appreciate the Qantas Founders Museum, formed by a group of locals who wanted to preserve the story of the airline. The world-class museum opens its doors to roughly 400,000 visitors each year who are thrilled to walk the wing of its hallmark attraction, as a retired Boeing 747 that sits on red dirt outside. Across the road is another must-see Longreach museum, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame whose exhibitions chronicles the lives of the country’s greatest and bravest outback explorers.
Jump in a car and head to the bush for spectacular views of Longreach and surrounding plains. While there are many magnificent Longreach lookouts, Starlight’s Lookout is perhaps the most iconic of them all. With a sunset like no other, the 40-minute drive from town is well worth hitting the road if only to climb the majestic rock where the infamous Captain Starlight and his men camped with their 1,000 strong stolen cattle.
Home to generations of stockmen and shearers, Longreach proudly pays heritage to its pioneering past and happily shares what it means to live in outback today. Hold onto your hat as you gallop through town and along the original Longreach to Windorah mail route with the Outback Pioneers’ Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience. For a peek inside a historic homestead, tour the working shearing shed and cattle yard of Camden Park Station which once welcomed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
One of the best spots to wrap up the day is along the Thomson River. Book early to wrangle a seat on a sunset cruise aboard the only paddle wheeler west of the Great Divide. If you’d rather perch yourself on the riverbanks to cast a line, yellowbelly are plenty so you’re bound to bring in a catch. Keen to immerse yourself in the action? Longreach’s soft-as-silk water makes the ideal conditions to try your hand (or foot) at barefoot waterskiing.