There’s nowhere else in the world quite like outback Queensland.
In the Longreach and Winton region, we’re over a thousand kilometres from Brisbane but there are so many things to see and do! It’s a land of pioneer history and fascinating insights.
Long droughts and dry riverbeds often remind us that we’re living on the edge! Yet nature still blossoms here with flowering gum trees, kangaroos, emus, cockatoos, corellas and more.
It’s a land of sheep and cattle stations, stockmen, shearers and drovers, where the history of the first white pioneers is overlaid on tens of thousands of years of Indigenous habitation.
Today, tourism is second only to agriculture as an income for the local people as more visitors head west to discover Australia’s story.
It’s a land of big skies, big adventures and big hearts. We’re ready to give you a big welcome!
Longreach is one of the largest towns in outback Queensland. It’s the home of Outback Pioneers experiences and also the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. In this bustling town, heritage meets outback lifestyle. Today’s station owners and station-hands come in from remote stations to shop, and well-worn Akubra hats help you tell the locals from the visitors! There’s plenty of accommodation, cafés and shops as well as local attractions and events. Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) is a local legend and Qantas had its home here from 1921.
The whole region has associations with Banjo Paterson (who wrote Australia’s unofficial national anthem ‘Waltzing Matilda’) but nowhere more so than Winton, where the song was first performed at the North Gregory Hotel. The new Waltzing Matilda Centre is a landmark attraction that celebrates the song. Over recent years, Winton has also made a name for itself as the home of dinosaurs with the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum and the town also hosts the popular Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival. Winton is approximately 180 kilometres from Longreach and can be reached on Outback Pioneers’ Winton Discovery Day Tour or in your own vehicle.
Only 27 kilometres down the road from Longreach, the small community of Ilfracombe is famous for its ‘Machinery Mile’ – this huge display shows the evolution of pastoral machinery in outback Queensland. The 100 year-old Wellshot Hotel is an outback favourite and historic Langenbaker House was erected on site in 1899 having been transported to the Ilfracombe by horse and wagon.
Isisford, 116 km from Longreach, has long been famous for the Isis Downs Shearing Shed – once the biggest in Queensland – and now also has the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre featuring the world class fossil exhibit of Isisfordia Duncani – reported to be the ancestor of all modern crocodilians. Isis Downs Shearing Shed is not open to the public.
Photo courtesy of slq.qld.gov.au