No town is a better example of the stark beauty and warm hospitality of the Australian outback than Longreach in Central Queensland. This thriving regional centre is 700km west of Rockhampton or 1200km from Brisbane. It is a charming and rustic town that allows the traveller to embrace clear starry skies and wide open spaces, perfect for a campervan holiday base. The town's residents are real characters that will have lots of fresh and exciting stories about their way of life.
Longreach Tourist Park is a great place to experience the history and heritage of the Australian Outback. The park is ideally located to explore and discover popular tourist attractions including:
- The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, which is Australia's premier outback heritage institution. The centre provides visitors with a spectacular outback experience, with five themed galleries - each one depicting an important aspect of pioneering history: Discovery, Pioneers, Outback Properties, Life in the Outback, and Stockmen & Stockwomen. There is also the Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery located in a building adjacent to the Hall.
- The Qantas Founders Museum, which commemorates the birthplace of our national air carrier, Qantas. Here you can see documents of the history of this airline. This is also the only place in the world where you can take a tour of a real and fully equipped 747 jumbo jet.
- The Longreach School of Distance Education, which provides educational opportunities to children in isolated locations. It is open for visitors who want to experience what it must be like to be a child hundreds of kilometres from you teacher and classmates.
- The Longreach Powerhouse Museum is the only intact example of a power generation station from the early 20th Century that is open to the public. The museum features the massive diesel and gas engines and generators as well as a social history museum.
The scenery around these parts is spectacular and there is much to see while driving around in your campervan. The Thomson River is great for fishing, and is especially pleasant for a sunset cruise. You can also climb the lookout where Captain Starlight hid his men, and enjoy superb views of the countryside whilst indulging in a bit of local history. If you drive 2hrs north to Winton, you can visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre - where you can learn the true story and the myths behind the writing of that famous Australian song. You also have to go and see the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, west of Winton. If you drive southeast 20min from Longreach, you can visit the township of Ilfracombe and tour the Ilfracombe Folk Museum and its other heritage attractions.
Longreach is perfect for a touring holiday in a campervan, so if it appeals to you why don't you use the planner below and check the availability of our campers. If you have any questions head across to our FAQ's page, or give us a call on one of the numbers provided.