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Longreach feels like a town of adventurers. In remote central-west Queensland on the Tropic of Capricorn, this is where the pioneering past meets the present, where overland travellers stop to discover the outback’s heritage and chat about their journeys, where stockmen tip their hat to you and the Cobb & Co stagecoach clip-clops through town. It’s where the Qantas pioneers of flight are remembered and where the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a well-known landmark.
It’s the perfect destination for a few days or more. Come and explore with us. The crew at Outback Pioneers looks forward to welcoming you.
You’ll notice our streets have bird names. Those named after land birds run north-south, those named after water birds run east-west. Eagle Street is the main street. The railway station is at the top of Eagle Street and the airport is a couple of kilometres out of town on the Ilfracombe road. You’ll find all the shops and services you’re likely to need in town, including a pharmacy, medical facilities, hospital, churches, petrol and car repairs.
Wander down Eagle Street under shaded walkways and find everything you need from the famous Merino Bakery to a newsagent and clothes shops. A highlight is The Station Store, which recreates the experience of shopping in pioneer times. Allow time to explore this incredible outback emporium with outdoor wear, stockman’s supplies, gifts, toys, books, merino knitwear, opals and more. Please buy local and support our outback community.
Don’t miss this exhilarating Cobb & Co stagecoach ride, which takes you on the original bush mail route. Hang on to your bonnets for the gallop! This is pioneer travel!
Discover real station life with the people who live it. With your Outback Pioneers host, you’ll meet the merinos in the historic shearing sheds, go on a station water run and more.
This is the original and much-loved Thomson River sunset cruise with a real stockman’s campfire dinner and entertainment with our Bush Poet…
Travel from Longreach with our local guide to see the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum, the Waltzing Matilda Centre and have lunch at the North Gregory Hotel.
Paying tribute to the traditional tent shows with plenty of humour and slapstick, this is simple family-friendly entertainment from a bygone era.