Some of the questions people ask about their visit…
Here are answers to some of the questions visitors most often ask us. If you can’t find the answer you need here, please get in touch. We’re always happy to tell you more about the region and our holidays, experiences and accommodation.
What is the best time to visit Longreach?
Most people like to visit between April and October when the weather is not as hot as the summer months. Our 2018 tours run from 26 March to 31 October and our accommodation is open all year. If you want to miss the busiest tourist time but still enjoy all the experiences, come in April, May or October when there are fewer visitors but everything is open. The evenings and early mornings are warmer than in mid-winter too.
What is the best way to get to Longreach?
People fly in or drive in from cities throughout Australia – it’s a long but fascinating drive from the major cities with other interesting outback towns along the way – and you don’t need 4WD. There are also trains from Brisbane via Rockhampton and long-distance buses – see more on our How to Get Here page.
How long should I plan to stay in Longreach?
If you want to do and see it all, allow 6-7 nights. For just the Outback Pioneers experiences, you will need 3-5 nights depending on the day of your arrival (tours run on different days and don’t run on Sundays). See tour details for days of operation.
Can you arrange pick up from the airport, station or bus station?
Yes, if you’re staying at our accommodation, just let us know your arrival time and we’ll be there – and we‘ll take you back at the end of your stay.
What are check-in and check-out times?
Check-in is after 2pm and check-out is 10am except by special arrangement. Our reception welcomes late check-in (24 hours) but please let us know your arrival plans in advance so we can have a room prepared.
Do I need to book tours before I arrive?
Yes, ideally book in advance as sometimes tours get full at our busy times of year. If you have arrived in town without a booking, call us and we’ll do our best to fit you in.
What do I need to bring for the tours?
Comfortable clothes, hat and sunscreen for daytime tours; jacket and insect repellent for the Starlight’s Cruise Experience. And don’t forget your camera!
Is the Cobb & Co stagecoach ride suitable for someone with bad back/neck?
The stagecoach ride is 45 minutes and most of the time it is travelling at a gentle pace through town and bush, but the experience does include a short gallop along a dirt track. It is surprisingly comfortable and not as bumpy as you might imagine. Many older people have enjoyed the ride but please discuss it with our reservations team if you have a sensitive condition or would like further advice.
Are the tours suitable for children?
Children of five and over have a great time on all our tours. Younger children typically enjoy the full Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience with Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show. Kids usually love the animals on the Nogo Station Experience or sitting around a campfire on the Starlight’s Cruise Experience. It all depends on the age and interests of your child – please discuss it with our reservations team.
What happens if it rains?
We’ll all rejoice as it’s been four years since we had any significant falls! But if your tour is cancelled because of bad weather, you will be offered an alternative date or a refund.
Can you accommodate my special diet?
We can offer alternatives on our tours to suit most dietary needs including gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. Please let us know when you book.
Will we meet the real Kinnon family?
It’s likely you’ll meet quite a few members of the family if you do our tours. Say G’day and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions about life here in the outback.
Can we walk into town from the accommodation?
It’s about a 25 minute walk along the Botanical Walkway. It can be a hot walk in the middle of the day but pleasant early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You can also hire bikes or ask our receptionist to call you a taxi if you don’t have your own vehicle. The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum are just a few minutes walk.
Can you handle groups?
Yes, we can give you group rates for more than 20 people but please book early as we have limited places in accommodation and on tours.