Getting here is part of the adventure
Whether you pack up the car for a road-trip (4WD not necessary), take the “Spirit of the Outback” train from Brisbane via Rockhampton, take a coach or fly, you’ll soon realise Longreach is a long way off the beaten track. And that’s part of its charm as a destination where you can get away from it all and experience something really different.
“Spirit of the Outback” themed rail journey travels twice weekly from Brisbane to Longreach and return (via Rockhampton).
Coaches travel daily Brisbane to Mount Isa via Longreach and twice weekly Rockhampton to Longreach.
ROAD DISTANCES FROM MAJOR CENTRES
Brisbane via Roma 1180 km
Brisbane via Rockhampton 1300 km
Rockhampton via Emerald 690 km
Mount Isa via Cloncurry and Winton 650 km
Townsville via Hughenden 660 km
DISTANCES TO OTHER TOWNS IN OUTBACK QUEENSLAND
Ilfracombe 27 km, Barcaldine 107 km, Muttaburra 114 km, Isisford 118 km,
Winton 180 km, Blackall 214 km, Jundah 217 km, Birdsville 700 km.
WHEN TO COME
The winter – from April to the end of October is the most comfortable season for climate and is the season to enjoy all the Outback Pioneer experiences. April, May and October tend to have fewer tourists and can be a great time to come! If you’re an intrepid traveller who visits in summer do pop into The Station Store to say ‘G’day’.
Our 2018 tour season is from 26 March to 31 October.
Longreach sits on the Tropic of Capricorn and our climate is hot and often wet in summer (although there have been severe droughts in recent years), warm and dry with cold nights in winter. See more about the Longreach climate at www.bom.gov.au.
WHAT TO BRING
A hat is good idea for any time of year – but you can always wait until you come and buy an outback beauty at The Station Store.
Winter evenings in the outback can be pretty cold so be sure to pack a jumper and jacket for evening activities.
We recommend sunglasses and sunscreen for the bright, sunny days.
Longreach has a good range of shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations so you’ll find most things you need here and the local traders appreciate your support.