Longreach region LONGREACH ILFRACOMBE ISISFORD
CONTENTS 02 Getting Around 04 Longreach 06 5 Day Itinerary – Longreach 08 3 Day Itinerary – Longreach 09 Events Calendar 18 Longreach Town Map 24 Ilfracombe 26 Isisford 28 Emmet 29 Yaraka 35 Business Directory INSIDE BACK COVER The Dirty Dozen BACK COVER Regional Map
LONGREACH REGION EXPLORE CENTRE P 07 4658 4141 & 07 4658 4142 E email@example.com 99a Eagle Street, Longreach Qld 4730 experiencelongreach.com.au @ExperienceLongreach #ExperienceLongreach OPENING HOURS November to February Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm Saturday & Sunday Closed March Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm Saturday & Sunday 9.00am – 12.00pm April to October Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm Saturday & Sunday 9.00am – 3.00pm
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY Longreach Regional Council acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which our Council operates; the Iningai, Malintji and Kuunkari peoples. We pay respect to Elders past, present and future and value the traditions, cultures and aspirations of the First Australians of this land. We acknowledge and hold in great significance the valuable contribution that Traditional Owners have made and continue to make within the Longreach Region communities.
LONGREACH TOURS & CRUISES
SMITHY’S OUTBACK DINNER & SHOW Dine under the stars at the awardwinning Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show – a must do when in Longreach. Tuck into a mouth-watering, camp oven themed, twocourse dinner, with full table-service, at our riverside alfresco venue. Entertainment is guaranteed with songs and stories performed on the river stage. Round oﬀ the evening with freshly baked damper and billy tea. Purchase drinks from our licensed bar.
SMITHY’S MORNING/ARVO CRUISE Discover the stories of the Thomson River, a magniﬁcent outback waterway and one of the healthiest ecosystems on the planet. Keep an eye out for local birdlife especially the Whistling Kites ﬂying overhead. Gain a closer look at a series of Aboriginal shield trees, also known as canoe or scar trees. Morning cruise includes home-baked morning tea and Arvo cruise includes a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink.
STATION TOURS Gain an insight into the heart and soul of Outback Queensland with our private outback station tours. Our Camden Park Station lunch tour includes the personal insights of a 5th generation grazier and a delicious Ploughman’s lunch in their heritage Woolshed. Alternatively, you may prefer a mouth-watering homebaked morning tea at historic Rosebank Station, now the private residence of Outback Aussie Tours owners Alan & Sue Smith.
outbackaussietours.com.au | Ph: 07 4658 3000 Booking Office: Longreach Historic Railway Station, Landsborough Hwy
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DROVER’S SUNSET CRUISE Our most popular cruise and dinner package - deﬁnitely one to book early! The colours of the outback come alive as you glide along the majestic Thomson River at sunset. Capture 360-degree sweeping river and ﬂoodplain views from the top deck of the Longreach Explorer. Purchase icy cold drinks from our licensed bar to pair with complimentary savoury nibbles. We’ll dock at Smithy’s for the award-winning Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show experience. The sublime combination of a mouthwatering camp oven dinner under the stars and heart-warming entertainment is sure to be a Longreach highlight.
getting around Every journey through our region is an exciting adventure. However you choose to get around, here’s some handy advice to help you get where you’re going and back again safely.
DRIVING TIPS In Central Western Queensland and remote areas, it is common to come across single lane bitumen roads. When coming across road trains and heavy vehicles on single lane roads, slow right down and move off the road to the left. If it is safe to do so move off the road entirely and stop to avoid any obstacles on the verge. In wet conditions edges tend to be soft and/or slippery, so you should always keep your right wheels on the bitumen and keep moving slowly to avoid getting bogged. Care should be taken when passing and overtaking road trains and heavy vehicles, including caravans. Ensure you have a clear line of sight, allow plenty of room and be prepared for vehicles to move a little from side to side as you overtake. If a road train is approaching to overtake you, move as far to the left as possible and stop if necessary to allow it to overtake safely.
BACKUPS On major highways, fuel stops are rarely more than 200km apart so it should not be necessary to carry spare fuel. However, where you do see ‘No Fuel’ signs, it means exactly that. Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound and carry a first aid kit, plenty of water and spares such as tyres, radiator hoses and fanbelts, together with a good tool kit. Ensure your spare tyre is at the correct pressure. If you’re travelling in a remote area, it is wise to have a UHF or satellite phone in case of an emergency, as mobile coverage is only available up to 20km outside of towns. External car aerials can increase mobile coverage dramatically.
MOBILE COVERAGE Longreach, Mount Isa, Charleville, Bedourie and Birdsville have coverage from Telstra only. Outside of these towns only Telstra Next G Network is available, usually within a 20km radius of towns. There is limited mobile phone coverage in the far south-west corner of the region, west of Quilpie. Public phones are recommended for extended travel in this area.
WILDLIFE AND STOCK If you see stock or wild animals near the road, slow down; do not swerve or your vehicle may roll. Be patient with stock and wary of kangaroos and emus. It pays to be vigilant when driving in the Outback, especially either side of sunrise or sunset when kangaroos tend to be at their most active and the light makes seeing them more difficult.
Longreach If you are serious about discovering our town, then one night is quite simply not enough. We’ve plenty of reasons to linger longer in Longreach; Aussie heritage, adventure, authentic outback shows, live entertainment, river cruises and great dining. Let’s see if we can tempt you with a few ideas...
FEEL THE PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA As you roll into Longreach ‘Heart of Outback Queensland’, don’t be surprised if you feel just a tinge of ‘Aussie’ pride. The unmistakable red and white livery of a Qantas Jumbo Jet dominates the skyline from kilometres away. Inside the dedicated museum, you’ll uncover many a story linked to the founding of Australia’s national airline that just so happened to grow up in Longreach.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR OUTBACK EXPERIENCE Feel the surge of adrenaline as you’re transported full-tilt in a restored Cobb & Co stagecoach along the original Longreach-Windorah mail route. Do you know that it’s the only stagecoach gallop in Australia? Supersize your experience with an exhilarating scenic helicopter flight. Follow the winding curve of the Thomson River or capture the golden glow of a perfect outback sunset from the air with Queensland Helicopters. Snap on a harness and step out on the wing of a Jumbo Jet at Qantas Founders Museum – guaranteed to get the heart pumping!
Across the road, you’ll spot the shimmering curved roof of another Australian icon. Just like Hugh Sawrey’s famed artwork A Vision Splendid, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to the Aussie Stockman. His dream was shared by other famous Australians including RM Williams, a bushman and entrepreneur. The themed galleries also celebrate the stories of Indigenous Australians, Pastoralists and Explorers. It’s the place of Aussie legends!
DISCOVER WHAT’S ON THE DINNER MENU Saunter into downtown Longreach for a smorgasbord of dining options. Harry’s Restaurant and Bar is named after local legend, Harry Redford. It’s also legendary with the locals for top notch chef-prepared dishes created with fresh, seasonal produce. The Welcome Home Stonegrill brings traditional campfire methods of cooking inside for hearty outback dinners. Cook your choice of meat or fish the way you like it on the hot stone at your table. If great value pub dining is the order of the day then head to the RSL, Longreach Tavern or Birdcage Hotel. The smorgasbord continues with Woodsy’s Pizza, Happy Valley Chinese and Little Star Indian Restaurant.
TREASURE OUR COUNTRY LIFESTYLE
things to see an d do
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For a real slice of Aussie history visit our multi-generation cattle and sheep properties. Join us on a tour of Camden Park Station, an 18,000-acre property just a short drive from town. This historic property has been in the Walker family for five generations. See the ‘Dry Bottom’ Chinaman’s well built in the 1920s, visit Swaggies Grave and see the huge solar farm. Enjoy a delicious Ploughman’s lunch in the Shearing Shed while listening to stories of when royalty came to visit. The heart of outback life is the station and it’s at Nogo Station that the Kinnon family really share their world. From the merino story in the historic shearing sheds to the cattle and camels on the amazing station safari, you’ll see it all through the eyes of your Kinnon family host – Richard, Jeremy or Lane. Relax with a saddle-bag lunch under the gum trees (with billy tea of course) while the Kinnons tell you more. Now there’s something you don’t do every day!
LEAP INTO THE THOMSON RIVER ENTERTAINMENT Heighten your sunset experience with a river cruise and authentic outback entertainment. Choose to glide the waterway in old world style aboard a paddle wheeler before a traditional campfire dinner and old-time sound and light picture show. Or, relax on the top deck of a fully licensed catamaran as it cruises to Sunset Bend. Top it off with a two-course camp oven dinner and live entertainment on the river stage. But why should you choose? Experience the best of both worlds and do them all!
5 DAY ITINERARY
experience longreach region Extend your stay to experience the true outback; Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Emmet and Yaraka.
DAY ONE LONGREACH SCHOOL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION • Guided tour • Experience an on-air lesson • Largest classroom in the world AUSTRALIAN STOCKMAN’S HALL OF FAME • Museum Galleries: Legends & Pioneers tribute • Live stockman’s show • Cinematic Experience • Dr Bruce Yeates Memorial Cottage & Gardens THOMSON RIVER CRUISE • Cruise along the Thomson River while the sun is setting • Enjoy a meal on the banks of the Thomson with entertainment
DAY TWO COBB & CO. STAGECOACH EXPERIENCE • Stagecoach ride 45 mins • Smoko morning tea • Australian classic bush movie • Harry Redford old time tent show 1hr • Billy-can lunch optional extra QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM • Experience the Qantas story • Airpark Tour & Wing Walk • Museum and Original Hangar • Flight Simulators • Luminescent Longreach: night sound and light show 6
DAY THREE STATION TOUR • Explore an outback station and let the Family guide you on a tour approx 4hrs DOWNTOWN • Lunch and/or coffee at your choice of great cafés
• Explore the great range of stores and local product
CAPTAIN STARLIGHT’S LOOKOUT 42km of unsealed road Great Australian Legend
POWERHOUSE & HISTORY MUSEUM • Local history • Nogo Boundary Riders Cottage
• Follow the drover’s stock route
• Historical generating complex
• Lily Lagoon • Starlight’s Lookout no facilities
ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTRE • Heritage-listed building
• Flood plains and wildlife • 110km return from Longreach
• Local crafts on display and for sale
• ½ or full day. 4WD recommended
• Please check road conditions prior to travel
CHOOSE YOUR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Botanical Walkway, Iningai Park and River Walk Self Guided Cemetery Town History Self Guided Walk Scenic Flights
DAY FIVE EXPLORE THE OUTER REGION Drive Map available from the Visitor Information Centre
ISISFORD Camping, science and folklore
EMMET AND YARAKA Unforgettable scenery
• Explorer Mitchell’s cairn
• Emmet Store Museum
ILFRACOMBE Historic hub & Wellshot story
• The Big Yellowbelly
• Idalia National Park 4WD
• Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre
• Scenic Mount Slowcombe
• Wellshot Centre - pioneer stories
• 100 million year old crocodile discoveries
• End of Line Museum
• Machinery Mile & Heritage Centre
• Yuranigh Pond
• Magee’s Shanty 4WD
• Wellshot Hotel: Historic Pub with great food • Whitman’s Museum
• Magoffin’s Grave 4WD
• Artesian Spa, pool, picnic park and playground
• Historic building and machinery
• Gem Fossicking
• Camping at the Barcoo Weir & Oma Waterhole
• Min 1-2 nights Yaraka
• Marine Dinosaur evidence • Stone Pitching
• Min 1-2 nights Isisford
3 DAY ITINERARY
action-packed adventure If you are serious about discovering our town, then one night is quite simply not enough. Let’s see if we can tempt you with a few ideas...
DAY ONE LONGREACH SCHOOL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION • Guided tour • Experience an on-air lesson • Largest classroom in the world AUSTRALIAN STOCKMAN’S HALL OF FAME • Museum Galleries: Legends & Pioneers tribute • Live stockman’s show
• Cinematic Experience • Dr Bruce Yeates Memorial Cottage & Gardens THOMSON RIVER CRUISE • Cruise along the Thomson River while the sun is setting • Enjoy a meal on the banks of the Thomson with entertainment
QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM • Experience the Qantas story
DAY TWO COBB & CO. STAGECOACH EXPERIENCE • Stagecoach ride 45 mins
• Airpark Tour & Wing Walk • Museum and Original Hangar • Flight Simulators • Luminescent Longreach: night sound and light show
• Smoko morning tea • Australian classic bush movie • Harry Redford old time tent show 1hr • Billy-can lunch optional extra DOWNTOWN • Lunch and/or coffee at your choice of great cafés • Explore the great range of stores and local product ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTRE • Heritage-listed building • Local crafts on display and for sale • Workshops
CHOOSE YOUR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Botanical Walkway Iningai Nature Reserve 4.5km Thomson River Walk 8
POWERHOUSE & HISTORY MUSEUM • Local history • Nogo Boundary Riders Cottage • Historical generating complex
CHOOSE YOUR SPECIAL INTERESTS: Self Guided Cemetery Town History Self Guided Walk Scenic Flights
Events Calendar april
Second Saturday of April | CWA Markets – Qantas Park, Longreach, Qld
Second Saturday of June | CWA Markets – Qantas Park, Longreach, Qld
Third Sunday of April | Men’s Shed Markets – Main Street, Ilfracombe, Qld
Third Sunday of June | Men’s Shed Markets – Main Street, Ilfracombe, Qld
23 | Diggers Cup Race Day – Longreach Racecourse, Qld
4 | Races – Longreach Racecourse, Qld
25 | Anzac Day Commemorations
15–19 | Mickey Blu Camping Show – Longreach Tourist Park, Qld
30–1 MAY | Road to Rodeo – Longreach Showgrounds, Qld
18 | Isisford Golf Open – Isisford, Qld
Second Saturday of May | CWA Markets – Qantas Park, Longreach, Qld
Second Saturday of July | CWA Markets – Qantas Park, Longreach, Qld
Third Sunday of May | Men’s Shed Markets – Main Street, Ilfracombe, Qld
Third Sunday of July | Men’s Shed Markets – Main Street, Ilfracombe, Qld
14–15 | Longreach Show – Longreach, Qld
1–3 | Yaraka Horse & Bike Gymkhana & Team Penning, Yaraka, Qld
7; 15 | Races – Longreach Racecourse, Qld
TBA | Clay Target 2 Day – Ilfracombe, Qld
21 | Festival of Outback Opera – Camden Park Station, Longreach, Qld
9 | Willowie Cup Races – Ilfracombe, Qld
21 | Isisford Show – Isisford, Qld
23 | Races – Longreach Racecourse, Qld
27 | Roaring 20’s Gala – Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, Qld
28 | Somerset Storyfest – Longreach Showgrounds, Qld 29–31 | Isisford Fishing Competition – Oma Waterhole, Isisford, Qld
august Second Saturday of August | CWA Markets – Qantas Park, Longreach, Qld Third Sunday of August | Men’s Shed Markets – Main Street, Ilfracombe, Qld 13 | Races – Longreach Racecourse, Qld 26–28 | Yellowbelly Fishing Comp – Thomson River, Longreach, Qld
september Second Saturday of September | CWA Markets – Qantas Park, Longreach, Qld Third Sunday of September | Men’s Shed Markets – Main Street, Ilfracombe, Qld 2 | Long Drive for Drought – Longreach, Qld 9 | The Outback Food, Wine & Music Festival – Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach, Qld TBA | Golf Open – Ilfracombe, Qld 24 | Longreach Cup Race Day – Longreach Racecourse, Qld 17–18 | Yaraka ‘End of the Line Campdraft’ – Yaraka, Qld
october 22 | Isisford Ross Cup Races – Isisford, Qld
november 1st | Melbourne Cup Races – Longreach, Qld TBA | Fire Brigade Trials – Longreach, Qld
OuTBaCK EDuCaTIOn In ThE 21ST CEnTury Take the opportunity to visit one of the world’s largest classrooms, where students are spread throughout Western Queensland, Australia and internationally. At Longreach School of Distance Education (School of the Air), students and their teachers sit hundreds of kilometres apart for their daily lessons. Using an online web conferencing platform and teleconference calls, students and teachers can laugh with each other, see and hear each other, share their work instantly; all in the name of learning. How vastly different today’s distance education is to the old days of crackly on-air lessons over a shared two-way UHF channel. At 9.00am and 10.30am, on any school day from March to October you can get an insight into how modern distance education is delivered. It is an eye opener to observe an on-air lesson via the glass-walled studio and there is the chance for visitors to go beyond the ‘tourism room’ and experience a school of distance education and work and play.
OuTBaCK PIOnEErS Outback Pioneers in Longreach is where the pioneer past and outback present come together in authentic and entertaining experiences. Come and live the stories of the region! Make the Outback Pioneers booking office (at 128 Eagle Street in The Welcome Home building) your starting point for booking your adventures in Longreach and Winton. Plan for a few days here to do them all! Unique accommodation in the heritage heart of town is also part of the outback pioneering story. Choose from The Stables and The Coach Inn at The Staging Post for comfort and inspiration. The experiences run during the winter season (April – October) and the accommodation is open year round. Outback Pioneers Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience is the only place in Australia you can gallop in a stagecoach on an old mail route! The full experience includes the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show and more. The Nogo Station Experience takes you to the heart of station life where the Kinnon family host you for the merino wool story, a station safari across the sunlit plains and more. On the Starlight’s Cruise Experience, you’ll enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise on the paddlewheeler or historic riverboat before a campfire dinner and unique entertainment. The new Sunset Stagecoach Story is an evocative journey into the bush celebrating the stagecoach driver Ned Devine and his team of all grey horses. You’ll alight for refreshments at sunset before returning for dinner with our own ‘Ned Devine’. Speaking of food, the restored 1920s The Welcome Home is your favourite destination in the season. There are huge buffet breakfasts, light lunches and coffee in the day. Or treat yourself to a Stonegrill® Dining Experience or Country Classics menu in the evening (check which days of the week). Finally, don’t miss The Station Store – shopping pioneer style in a traditional emporium. See outbackpioneers.com.au or phone 07 4658 1776 for all details, bookings and opening hours.
LSODE students only see their class mates a few times a year at the LSODE campus, but they make the most of those rare social opportunities at the swim carnival, athletics carnival, minischool, cluster days and school camps. You’ll be amazed at what we can achieve when effort conquers distance. Come on tour with us and see the LSODE kids prove that isolation cannot hold back talent and creativity. Experience and enjoy our outback hospitality for yourself. We provide a colourful range of souvenirs in our tourism room so you can take home a memento of your visit with us (also available online). A few of our visitor favourites include the beautiful hardcover cookbook, Savour the Outback, students’ hand drawn notecards and the wine and stubby coolers. For more information or to book a tour please visit www.lsodetours.com.au. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our school in 2022.
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Includes the Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience, Starlight’s Cruise Experience and Nogo Station Experience.
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Sunset Stagecoach Experience
YOUR ULTIMATE PIONEER SUNSET! Discover the special story of legendary stagecoach driver Ned Devine.
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powerhouse museum The Powerhouse and Historical Museum houses an electrical industry collection of National significance. It is an initiative of the Longreach Regional Council, preserving the history of electricity production in the central west and a growing collection of local history. The complex building is now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and the site is on the Register of the National Estate.
THE MUSEUM HAS THREE MAIN SECTIONS
LONGREACH POWERHOUSE GENERATING COMPLEX The Generating Complex comprises a series of large interconnected galvanised iron sheds housing 10 massive engines installed between 1948 and 1971 and a unique gas production system that was a first for Australia and later incorporated elsewhere in the Australian electrical industry.
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The delivery of power to the town and eventually the outlaying areas was a local initiative of the Shire Council and run under the Longreach Electric Authority. Power was first generated from this site in 1921. The operation was taken over in 1966 by the Central West Regional Electricity Board. The station ceased to operate in September 1985 when this area was linked to the State-wide grid.
The former Longreach Power House Generating Complex; A local history collection including the 1921 swimming baths and Nogo Cottage; Displays of agricultural and road maintenance machinery used in the development of the central west.
LOCAL HISTORY, SWIMMING BATHS AND NOGO COTTAGE A growing collection of local history is housed in the former Office of the Central West Regional Electricity Board built in 1966. The collection contains memorabilia from the early settlement of the region and the remains of the School of Arts Museum, a collection of office equipment from local business houses and a memorable stroll back to early school days. Outside you will find the original swimming baths of the town installed in 1921 and filled at first with water from the adjacent bore (sunk in 1897). They operated until 1964 and were then used as cooling ponds for the power station. To the back of the complex is Nogo Cottage. The cottage is part of the original homestead of Nogo Station built in 1918. A portion was relocated to the eastern boundary of the property with the intention of using it as a boundary riders cottage. A downturn in the rural economy meant the cottage was never used. Today it depicts family living conditions in Western Queensland circa 1938-1950.
Come and say hi to the friendly team at The Branch Café Longreach. Step inside the newly refurbished, modern café where you will be greeted with a warm welcome and a friendly smile. Experience the relaxing vibes, big city style and ambience of this little hidden gem. With a delicious selection of food, drinks and alcohol – there is something for everyone, even the kids! Meet, Eat, Drink, Laugh at The Branch Café.
105 EAGLE ST, LONGREACH 07 4658 0087 THEBRANCHCAFE.COM.AU
Buy local and share the outback spirit with our huge range of homewares, apparel, leatherware, books, toys, souvenirs and more.
Eat like a pioneer with tasty hot stone cooking at your table. Create your own meal just the way you like it!
STEAK, LAMB, CHICKEN, SEAFOOD OR A VEGETARIAN PATTY WITH ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SIDES AND DESSERTS
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings 6–9pm
COUNTRY CLASSICS DINING Shop online store.kinnonandco.com.au
ENJOY THE BEST HOMESTEAD FOOD IN TOWN. ENJOY A DELICIOUSLY NOSTALGIC MAIN COURSE AND DESSERT FOR AN INCLUSIVE PRICE!
Here in the heritage heart of Longreach, you’ll find an amazing emporium of treasures based on the traditional outback stores that sold everything and were a highlight for station folks coming into town from remote places. This fascinating store is more than just a shopping experience. It’s a window into outback life.
Both the Stonegrill and Country Classics dinners offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. BYO alcohol.
126 Eagle Street Longreach Ph 07 4658 1776 Ext 3
The Welcome Home 128 Eagle Street Longreach Ph 07 4658 1776 Ext 4
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings 6–9pm
qantas founders museum
light night show, telling the story of Qantas through incredible projections on the fuselages of the aircraft.
On 16 November 1920 a small airline was established named Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service or QANTAS. The early founders and staff of this company had a vision for the airline to service and connect the remote and isolated parts of Outback Queensland and the Northern Territory. Little did they imagine how the airline would grow.
Tours of the Qantas aircraft including the Boeing 747 and 707 are scheduled daily and provide an inside glimpse to the many secrets and stories of these great aircraft. Specific tours will also offer you the chance to sit in the cockpit and if you are up for a bit of excitement, strap on a harness and walk out on the wing of our Boeing 747 Jumbo jet. These tours are often in demand so be sure to book ahead.
Qantas held its first Board Meeting in Winton in 1921 and the base was then shifted to Longreach. The now National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar was completed in August 1922, just in time for the first scheduled passenger flight in November 1922. Qantas Founders Museum is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to telling the story of Qantas, from its early days in Outback Queensland to present day. Driving into Longreach from the east you are welcomed by the Museum’s Boeing 747, towering over the other aircraft in the Museum’s collection including the Boeing 707 (the first Qantas jet), the DC-3 and the beautiful Super Constellation. Dominating over these aircraft is the Airpark Roof enclosure, protecting the Museum’s aircraft and visitors from the Longreach sun while at night visit Luminescent Longreach, it changes the aeroplane enclosure to an arena for the spectacular sound and
In the main museum and galleries, follow the history of Qantas through modern interactive displays, aircraft exhibits and documentary films. The 1922 National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar allows you to step back in time to the early days of Qantas, where the airline had to overcome many trials and the tyranny of distance. Learn about the history and significance of the Qantas Hangar through the Museum’s daily guided tours. The Museum’s aviation themed McGinness’ Restaurant is open daily and offers a wide selection of delicious meals, drinks and coffee during your visit. Before leaving make sure you visit our Founders Store with a great choice of distinctive souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, books and Qantas memorabilia. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Bookings can be made at the Longreach Region Explore Centre on 07 4658 4141 or 07 4658 4142 or online at www.qfom.com.au.
outback aussie tours
tours, river cruises and extended holiday tours. Bookings can also be made online or through the Longreach Region Explore Centre.
After clocking up 34 years showing visitors our special part of the world, it’s fair to say that Outback Aussie Tours (OAT) know a thing or two about tourism in Outback Queensland. Passionate owner operators Smithy and Sue love what they do, and it shows. Their tours attract visitors from all over the world, eager to take advantage of OAT’s valuable local connections, exclusive outback experiences and down to earth hospitality.
Discover the Thomson River, part of the Lake Eyre Basin and one of the healthiest ecosystems on the planet. Options include Smithy’s Morning Cruise, Smithy’s Arvo Cruise and the award-winning Drover’s Sunset Cruise with Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show. Meet local graziers and enjoy their warm hospitality on the Camden Park Station Lunch Tour or the historic Rosebank Station Smoko Tour.
Based at the historic Longreach Railway Station, the Outback Aussie Tours’ booking office is within easy stroll of Longreach town centre. The friendly reservation team offer a full booking service for station
Visitors looking to explore more of Outback Queensland will love the selection of guided holiday tours ranging from 5 to 14 days. These fully inclusive tours explore the outback bucket-list destinations of Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah and Cape York. Tours are packaged with connecting rail and air by our professional reservation team. Guests travel in customised vehicles designed for maximum comfort in the Outback and stay in comfortable ensuite accommodation. As a Savannah Guide Master Operator, the touring team works closely with leading tourism, environmental and community organisations to deliver expert onboard commentaries, a tour highlight for discerning travellers. According to ‘Smithy’, once visitors have had a taste of Outback Queensland, they usually come back for more. Over the years, many repeat customers have become life-long friends. It’s probably no surprise that ‘Smithy’ and the team think they have the best job in the world! www.outbackaussietours.com.au
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www.qfom.com.au Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach, Queensland, Australia OPENING HOURS: The Museum is open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm (please check our website for summer hours). Special opening hours are available to groups and charters by prior arrangement. Tours operate daily and combination tour packages are also available.
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the australian stockman’s hall of fame The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre (ASHOF) is the leading Outback Museum & Heritage Centre in Longreach, Queensland where your memorable journey to the Outback begins. Shepparton
Established in 1988 The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre (ASHOF) recognises the contribution that the people of the bush have made to Australia. Thirty-four Melbourne years on, this iconic museum reflects, educates and has entertained over one million interstate and international visitors – providing each one with a spectacular outback experience. It divulges the story of Australia’s pioneering history, at the same time pushing the boundaries of innovative storytelling and immersive design, and staying true to the founding spirit of the centre. At the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, the story of our nation is retold through interactive exhibits and displays. Bring your stockman’s experience to life at the Stockman’s Life LIVE Show (every day except Fridays). See the true grit and skills that define what it means to be a stockman. Understand their connection to the land and the livestock they care for. You step into the action of a live muster and witness the bond between man and animal working together. Hear songs from the outback that express the story of a day in the life of a stockman. Your visit includes: The Beginning of the Journey, Hugh Sawrey’s Art Studio and the Vision Splendid, Unsung Heroes, Song lines and Stock routes, Outback Cinema, A Pub with Some Beer. Connect the past to the present, from the indigenous stockmen and cattle barons, to the Royal Flying Doctors and men and women 16
FACILITIES: • Free Wifi
• Free parking with room for the van
• Toilet facilities
• All facilities Wheelchair accessible
• Fully air-conditioned – 7 museum galleries over three levels • The Wool Store featuring signature dishes and souvenirs • Stockman’s Cinema • Outback Stockman Arena – Live Stockman Shows • Hall of Fame gardens and sculptures • Meet and greet by Australia’s only four legged Concierge – April – October • State of the Art virtual guides
of rodeo. Recognise our country’s history, etched in the faces of the people who built a nation. So much to see, so much to enjoy! Open 7 days a week we offer a fully licensed café and an inspiring Buy from the Bush retail shop with Australian made gifts, souvenirs and a great range of Akubra hats. General enquiries 07 4568 2166. Bookings can be made at the Longreach Region Explore Centre 07 4658 4141 or 07 4658 4142 or online at www.stockmanshalloffame.com.au. Connect the past to the present, the visitor to the local and landscapes to the time. From the indigenous stockmen and cattle barons, to the Royal Flying Doctors and men and women of rodeo. Come see our country’s history, etched in the faces of the people who built a nation.
The Stockman’s Live Show (April-October) – Experience the action of a live muster and witness the bond between man and animal working together. Hear songs from the outback that tell the story of a day in the life of a stockman.
Since its opening in 1988, The Stockman’s Hall of Fame has welcomed over 2 million visitors through its doors. Truly reminiscent of the rugged landscape of the outback, its galleries delve into the stories of Australia’s unsung heroes of the outback who helped create this part of Australia’s history. The iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Outback Heritage Centre oﬀers a swag of new immersive experiences for visitors of all ages.
Cinematic Experience – The Stockman’s Story told through the eyes of our unsung heroes. Museum – Explore immersive story telling themed galleries.
Discover the stories of the lives behind our rugged outback through the spectacular $15 million artistic and interactive transformation of the premier outback heritage centre. Featuring the stories of the stockmen and women, the First Nations people, the pioneers and settlers, and the jackaroos and jillaroos, Australia’s only museum dedicated to the unsung heroes of the outback
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Treasure Hunt – Kid’s gamiﬁed tour with ‘Coil’ the Kelpie. Hugh Sawrey Gallery.
welcomes visitors to experience the big (and little) stories of bush heritage through a brand new, immersive journey across Australia’s rugged landscape.
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botanic walkway The Longreach Botanic Walkway, a 2.5km linear garden between the town centre and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, was designed by landscape architect Lawrie Smith, with inspiration drawn from the natural environment of the region. The garden displays and interprets the native plants of the Mitchell Grass Downs bioregion and demonstrates the potential of local dryland species for use in landscape and horticulture in the town parks, streets and home gardens in the region. A particular feature of the garden is a focus on water-wise techniques for maintaining the plantings in the often hot and dry conditions of western Queensland. The garden not only showcases native plant species but provides a landscape with a regional ‘sense of place’. Soil, rocks and plant material from surrounding areas were brought into Longreach to create the garden. The first section from Rotary Park to Bower Road was commenced in 1989 and the second section from Bower Road to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame was completed in 1994. A network of botanic gardens across Australia displays the plant species that are suited to the climate and soils of particular bioregions. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Longreach garden. There are several key themes which recur throughout the garden which can be applied in the home garden too: • Creating a vegetation structure which is similar to a natural system is important, both for the plants themselves but also for the creatures (birds, insects and reptiles) which depend upon the plants. • Plants which grow well are those which are adapted to local climate and soil conditions – choosing plants from the local bioregion and the land types within it ensures success. • Thoughtful garden design saves water and reduces the time spent on garden maintenance.
iningai nature reserve Iningai Nature Reserve is named after the Iningai Traditional Owners who lived along the Thomson River from the Stonehenge surroundings to Muttaburra prior to European occupation. The park is part of the Longreach Town Common and includes sections of floodplain and waterholes along Gin Creek. The park includes three walking loops around the Nature Reserve, with information points around the tracks. The landscape is part of the Mitchell Grass Downs region – one of the most extensive natural grassland ecosystems in the world. The clay soil formed is from sediment that accumulated on the bottom of the lakes and seabeds during the Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago. Ecosystems range from Coolibah-fringed waterholes to the adjacent, flat and sparsely vegetated cracking-clay floodplains and surrounding low, open gidgee woodlands. Freshwater crabs and mussels are found in the creeks. Records to date show at least 13 mammals, 10 fish, 2 crustaceans, 130 birds, 11 frogs, 22 reptiles and 166 plant species occur in the various habitats, some of which are seasonal. These species are highly adapted 20
to the arid climate and many live in the cracks in the clay soils; for example the stripe-faced dunnart. Floods are highly variable and larger floods can occur every two to three years. Floodwaters break out from Gin Creek and can spread to the fringes of town. The wildlife seize on the opportunity to breed and make use of the bountiful floodplain wetlands.
Each household had a wood burning stove or fireplace and many mature Coolibah and Gidgee trees near town were cut for firewood. Horses, cattle and goats were essential for transport and food up until the 1950s, so this area was allocated for grazing. Continuous heavy grazing by these animals degraded the grasses, shrubs and creek beds.
longreach recreational facilities LONGREACH SKATE PARK The skate park is fully undercover, surrounded by greenery with a playground and BBQ facilities. This is where you can ride your scooters, skate boards, BMX bikes or roller blades. • Open daily, free to use ROTARY PARK Located on the Landsborough Highway, between the Shell Service Station and the Longreach Motor Inn. It has a covered BBQ area and picnic shelter. • Open daily, free to use EDKINS PARK (ANZAC MEMORIAL PARK) Located on the Landsborough Highway, across from the Railway Station. The park has a covered BBQ facility with a fenced playground for the children, and toilets. Edkins Park also has the site of the Cenotaph and the ANZAC service is held there each year. • Open daily, free to use LIONESS PARK
APEX PARK Located on the Thomson River 4.5km from Longreach on the Landsborough Highway (heading towards Winton). The park has toilets, picnic tables, covered areas and access to the boat ramp. A great place to take in the sunset with nibbles, fishing and all water activities. • Open daily, free to use ISISFORD – WHITMAN’S MEMORIAL PARK
Located on the corner of Sparrow and Cassowary Streets on the Northern side of Longreach. Lioness Park has an undercover BBQ area, children’s playground and toilets. The park is entirely fenced (sorry, no dogs allowed).
Located in Saint Anne Street, behind the Council Office and adjoins the Whitman’s Memorial Museum.
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• Open daily, free to use
Whitman’s Park has toilets, showers and BBQ facilities available.
LONGREACH MEMORIAL SWIMMING POOL A fun place for children and adults, the pool and aquatic centre includes a 50 metre pool, playground, children’s waterpark, BBQ facilities and a heated 25 metre pool. • Open daily – a small fee applies. ILFRACOMBE ARTESIAN SPA, SWIMMING POOL AND MEMORIAL PARK Make a stop at Ilfracombe to experience the natural mineral waters of the town’s Artesian Spa – kick back, relax and unwind in the therapeutic waters that flow from about 500m below the surface at about 34 degrees Celsius. The swimming pool, spa, playground and barbecue facilities are all set in the welcoming surrounds of Memorial Park where the whole family can cool off, unwind and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. What better way to round off your day while you take in the magnificent outback sunsets! • Open daily – a small fee applies. ISISFORD SWIMMING POOL Located in Saint Mary’s Street and adjoins the tennis court. Isisford Swimming Pool has toilets and showers. • Open daily – a small fee applies. YARAKA SWIMMING POOL Conveniently located behind the Yaraka Hotel, by the local picnic park and the caravan park, the Yaraka Swimming Pool is a great place to cool off while taking in the magnificent views of the Yang Yang Ranges or a spectacular sunset. • Open daily – a small fee applies. EXPERIENCELONGREACH.COM.AU
captain starlight story: starlight’s lookout (50KM FROM LONGREACH) In the last 140 years, Harry Redford has become a popular local legend. Captain Starlight who is a character from the novel ‘Robbery Under Arms’ is based on Harry Redford. Legend tells it that he became part of the outback folktale when in 1870, with the company of two other people, he set out from ‘Bowen Downs’ with about 1000 head of stolen cattle. The cattle were scattered across large unexplored country travelling along the Barcoo River, Cooper Creek and the Strzelecki Track heading into South Australia. The mob of cattle included a white bull which was a problem for Harry as it was recognisable. He sold the white bull at ‘Hill Hill Station’ in South Australia so he could purchase supplies from the station store, where the bull was found by a tracker. The bull was later shipped back to Queensland as evidence against Harry at his trial. Harry continued from ‘Hill Hill Station’ towards ‘Blanchwater Station’ where he decided to sell the entire herd of cattle. The group moved south to Adelaide where Harry continued back to the Eastern States. Not knowing the whereabouts of the companions, Harry faced charges of cattle stealing; the trial was held in Roma, Queensland. The jury returned a verdict of ‘not guilty’, thus ending one of the most daring escapades in recent history. Starlight’s Lookout is Harry Redford’s legacy of Longreach. Also known as Cassidy Knob, this hill rises gently over the surrounding plains. Harry is suspected to have placed a man on this hill to overwatch the gathering of the cattle. For more information contact the Longreach Region Explore Centre on 07 4658 4141 or 07 4658 4142.
mount slowcombe (6KM WEST OF YARAKA) The small township of Yaraka is nestled between mesa hills with the backdrop being the Yang Yang Ranges that offer unique and spectacular picture postcard scenery – a photographer’s delight. The gem that Yaraka can offer to visitors is the nearby Mount Slowcombe with a tar sealed road winding its way to the top making it easily accessible even for cars. The 360 degree views from the top of this mesa hill leave every visitor shaking their heads in disbelief that so few people have discovered this spectacular outback gem which has been compared to being Queensland’s equivalent of the Northern Territory’s Kakadu. Not only does Mount Slowcombe offer awesome views, it also has an electric BBQ, covered seating and toilet facilities to enhance the experience. For more information contact the Yaraka Hotel on 07 4657 5526.
national parks lochern national park Travel to the heart of ‘boom and bust’ country where devastating droughts are followed by flooding rains that nourish the plains and transform parched channels into wetlands teeming with life. With a 20km frontage to the Thomson River, 24,300ha Lochern National Park’s many lagoons and waterholes provide refuge for birds and
caring for our national parks • Dispose of rubbish thoughtfully: don’t leave it behind! • Adopt a minimal impact approach: leave only footprints, take only photos. • Practise safe fire rules at all times: check local fire bans and laws.
other wildlife. Wander through gidyea or mulga woodlands and drive across rolling Mitchell grass plains trying to distinguish between the four different species of Mitchell grass – hoop, curly, barley and bull. See pastoral winged dams (locally known as tanks).
idalia national park Emerge from thick mulga scrub to lofty escarpments and rocky gorges where elusive yellow-footed rock-wallabies hide and views surprise. Be captivated by colourful sunsets over distant plains and explore heritage sites for an insight into the hardships faced by those living here in the years gone by. Mulga scrub covers much of 144,000ha Idalia, and mature mulga has good leaf litter cover and fallen logs that make ideal fauna habitat. Dawson gums and Mountain Yapunyah trees break the monotonous mulga green on upper slopes; while river red gums and popular box grow on sandy flats beside the usually dry Bulloo River.
welford national park Enjoy almost every outback experience in one amazing park. Birdwatch, fish or camp at a billabong; see spinifex on red desert sand dunes; delve into the past at historical sites and 4WD into rugged rocky scarps where secretive yellow-footed rock-wallabies hide. At Welford’s southern boundary, the Barcoo River cuts a green and brown swathe west from rugged, rocky mulga-clad ranges towards Mitchell grass plains and some of the most easterly red sand dunes in Australia. Seek contrasting landscapes, varied wildlife and the shade and tranquillity of majestic river red gums and coolibahs along river channels that bring life-giving water to thirsty country. Aboriginal wells, stone hearths and other cultural sites are scattered across the 124,000ha park. Welford’s pise (rammed earth) homestead built in 1882 is one of only a few still occupied in Queensland but is not open to the public.
Follow the river road skirting the tranquil billabongs of the mighty Barcoo. These backroads take you through prime sheep and cattle land to the corrugated red dunes of Windorah.
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The Channel Country’s history is almost as intricately intertwined as the hundreds of rivulets that criss-cross the landscape. Uncover a river of stories as you travel the Channel Country Way between Quilpie, Windorah and Longreach.
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Ilfracombe From the moment you arrive in Ilfracombe you’ll feel a strong sense of community and pride. It was founded as a transport hub for the historic Wellshot Station, one of Australia’s greatest sheep and wool producers. Read on to discover why you need to visit...
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Walk through the swinging saloon doors of the Wellshot Hotel for a blast from the past. This gem of a pub stands exactly as it was some 120 years ago. Sidle up to the wool-press bar and gaze up at the ceiling covered with money from across the globe. There’s also an impressive display of well-loved Akubras and historic photos lining the walls. Time your visit for a hearty pub lunch or dinner that won’t disappoint.
Do you have a passion for Victorian glass and Antique Banquet Lamps? The creators of Ilfracombe Antiques and Collectables love and cherish the work of historical artisans. You’ll discover many one-of-a-kind items sure to be a talking point when you return home. Before you visit, it’s recommended that you check opening hours.
Just outside you’ll spot a mind-blowing lineup of machinery, aka Machinery Mile. Inspect the handywork of our Aussie tradesmen and appreciate the enormous skill required to build these prized machines back in the day. Eyeball the 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor, one of only three left in the world, and a big Excavator driven by a three-horse powered steam engine. This outdoor museum is definitely one of a kind.
At the Jackson Collection you’ll discover a collection of treasures by brothers Hilton and Ike Jackson. There’s literally thousands of bottles and other rarities on display. More than 30,000 bottles form Hilton’s collection and more than 120 weapons, flags, uniforms and helmets have been assembled by Ike. While not for sale, these are certainly a classic collection!
CAPTURE THE WATER
ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY
A great example of bush craftsmanship ingenuity can be seen at The Twelve Mile, just 12 miles (20km) south of Ilfracombe. Thousands upon thousands of naturally formed flagstones were carefully sorted and meticulously placed together to form a leak-proof reservoir guaranteed to retain precious water. Just imagine the time and patience needed to construct this stone pitched overshot back in the 1890s. It’s believed that Chinese tradesmen may have contributed special skills and worked on this project. The site was favoured by the Cobb and Co run as a watering stop for tired horses.
At the heart of every great town is a tight-knit community and Ilfracombe is no exception. Visitors are invited to join in local activities and events while in the region. Consider testing your skills on the 18-hole golf course or perhaps a round of clay target shooting at the monthly meet. If the sport of Kings is more your style, save the date for the Ilfracombe Races held annually in July. It’s a full day’s entertainment with Country Races, Fashions on the Field, an Undie Run (only in the outback) and live music until late.
SOAK IN THE ARTESIAN It’s not every day that you get to soak in a prehistoric spa. By this we mean water from the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground fresh-water reservoirs in the world. There is strong scientific evidence to prove that these waters are ancient, possibly millions of years old. Imagine the therapeutic benefits of these mineral waters. And, the good news is that you can try it for yourself at Ilfracombe’s Artesian Spa in Memorial Park. Bring the family and enjoy the swimming pool, children’s playground and barbecue facilities.
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‘Wow - what an amazing pub. We had a delicious lunch. Fantastic food, great value for money & the service was second to none’
Amazing family atmosphere with accommodation available Our beer is the coldest in the West, our service is friendly and our beer garden is pet friendly (come meet the Wellshot’s own pets) Live entertainment most weeks We have our own blend of speciality coffee
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wellshothotel.com.au Pub & Restaurant open daily 10am-12am Lunch & dinner available every day from our menu alongside regular specials
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Located 27km East of Longreach on the Landsborough Highway
Ask about the cash thrown up on the ceiling (for charity) or our ‘famous’ hat collection Our stools will make you look like a real cowboy, a horse or a cheeky bummed chick Courtesy bus (available up to 50km for bookings of 10) Keno, Fox Sports, ATM, Eftpos & Free Wi-Fi with Jag the Joker 5-7pm Friday night Take a step back in time & be enthralled by the collection of memorabilia
‘More than just a Pub’
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isisford Discover why Isisford on the Outer Barcoo is such a popular destination for long-stay campers. A featured town along the Barcoo Way adventure drive, the town attracts visitors from all over Australia seeking a true outback experience. According to many, the locals are friendly, facilities are great and the food’s top notch. But here’s a few more reasons to visit...
EAVESDROP ON SOME AUSSIE HISTORY
SNAG A YELLOWBELLY
There’s something about Isisford and the Outer Barcoo. It’s been the inspiration for many an Australian poet including Banjo Paterson. The magnificent two storey Clancy’s Overflow Hotel was said to have been re-named in honour of Banjo’s iconic poem. If you are interested in stories of how places came to be by default, then plan a visit to Whitman’s Museum. Put quite simply, the Whitman brothers broke an axle while attempting to cross the Barcoo. They decided to settle on the banks of the river and proceeded to establish a hotel, butcher’s shop, store and saddlery to service surrounding stations. Many of the original buildings still stand today. It’s easy to picture life in more gentler times as you stroll Isisford’s heritage streetscape.
It’s hard to miss the Outback’s biggest Yellowbelly glistening in the sunlight as you arrive into town. It measures 12 metres long and stands a lofty five metres high. Look closely and you’ll discover windmill parts, corrugated iron and thousands of pop rivets gathered from surrounding properties. This impressive metal art sculpture is a celebration of the Yellowbelly Fishing Competition held annually on the last weekend of July. The event is held at Oma Waterhole and it draws masses of keen anglers from across the country.
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DELVE INTO THE BARCOO Oma Waterhole is one of many permanent waterholes fed by the much-celebrated Barcoo River. It’s a favourite recreation spot for lovers of camping, fishing and most things water related. There’s even a boat ramp. Overnight campers appreciate access to the hot showers and toilet facilities. Find it on the Isisford Yaraka River Road, just 16km from Isisford. Back in town, saunter down to the Barcoo Weir, also a popular camping site. It was built back in 1934 to provide greater water security for the community. A pipeline linking Oma Waterhole to the Weir was constructed in 1960. No doubt a much more appealing water source for the locals than in earlier times when water was sourced from rain catchment or by hauling supplies from the local waterholes.
TASTE THE COUNTRY FLAVOURS Whether you prefer to selfcater or let someone else do the cooking, you’ve a number of options in town. Restock your supplies at Ando’s Food Mart or enjoy great coffee and lunchtime delights at Whitman’s Cafe. Make sure you call in and have a cold one at the Golden West Hotel offering a full bar, beer on tap plus tasty pub meals. Relax in the beer garden or chat to the friendly publicans. There’s a story or two to be told!
OUTER BARCOO INTERPRETATION CENTRE - DISCOVER AN ANCIENT CROCODILE Did you know that the evolutionary ancestor of all crocodilians lived 98-95 million years ago? Visit the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre to view a life-sized replica of ‘Isisfordia Duncani’; it predates the first recorded appearance of true crocodiles by over 30 million years! The first fossils of Isisfordia were found in the mid-1990s by the former Deputy Mayor of Isisford, Ian Duncan, after whom the species is named. Researchers claim that Isisfordia was only a metre long and would have lived in a swampy river delta that opened into a large inland sea. There’s plenty more to the story along with other fossil discoveries, so be sure to visit the centre when you’re in town.
emmet did yo u kn ow Emmet is the western gateway to Idalia National Park
DOUBLE THE POPULATION Travel with a friend to Emmet and you will instantly double the population. That’s right, there are currently two residents calling Emmet home. It was once a thriving town built around a railway siding with a population of 30. Emmet became the second ‘water stop’ for steam trains travelling west from Blackall. As with many ‘water stops’ along new railways, it grew into a new settlement. Before you leave town (and half the population) read the town’s full ‘boom and bust’ story inside the revamped railway station and old store. WALK AND EXPLORE Pack your day pack and your walking poles if you’re eager to delve deeper into this 144,000-hectare park. Visitors to Idalia can choose from five different walking trails graded from Easy to Difficult. Enjoy wide-sweeping views from Emmet Pocket Lookout, visit an old mustering camp and stockyards or walk to the wave-shaped cliff overhang. Camping is permitted at Monks Tank camping area.
JUMP INTO NATURE Drive 70km from Emmet and you’ll enter Idalia National Park, home to the yellow-footed rock-wallaby. The park is one of only seven small pockets of land in Australia where you’re likely to spot this largest of wallabies. It’s also the most colourful – brown and yellow ringed tail, yellow paws, white underbelly and white stripes on its flanks, hips and cheeks. If you get too close, expect to see the wallaby thump its feet to warn others. Keen twitchers will be excited to learn that a number of rare bird species call Idalia home including plum-headed finches, eastern yellow robins and speckled warblers.
MUSE WITH THE MASTERS ‘On the Outer Barcoo where the churches are few, And men of religion are scanty, On a road never cross’d ‘cept by folk that are lost, One Michael Magee had a shanty.’ About an hour south-west of Yaraka is a turn-off to the ruins of Magee’s Shanty. According to local folklore, Banjo Paterson wrote the iconic poem ‘A Bush Christening’ at this very site. Nearby are the ruins of a Cobb & Co pub and the lonely grave of goldminer Richard Magoffin who perished in 1885 chasing his fortune. To access the area, you’ll cross a vast clay pan, so be prepared to kick up some dust! Yaraka Hotel operates a tour to the Shanty if you’d prefer not to drive. Check tour details with the publicans on arrival in town.
PINPOINT THE BEGINNING You could be correct in saying that Yaraka ‘grew on the sheep’s back’. The region began as a large paddock filled with prized Merino sheep belonging to the massive Milo Sheep Station. It came into its own when the State Government split up the Milo leases. The town was officially founded in 1917 with the opening of the rail line from Emmet. The new station was named Yaraka (the Indigenous name for white spear grass) and ultimately became the end of the line.
ya r a k a Drive around three hours south-west from Longreach and you’ll be rewarded with views of some astonishingly beautiful mesa hills. You’ve entered Yaraka country and what a treat. It’s a popular stop along the Barcoo Way adventure drive too. Here’s more of the story...
CHILL OUT AND CHAT It’s not unusual for overnight visitors to extend their stay in Yaraka. This probably has a lot to do with the local publicans who also run the accommodation and camping ground. A personal welcome to town is more the norm than not. You’re sure to be introduced to other happy travellers as you enjoy a cool ale in the bar. Stay at the hotel or just a stone’s throw away are powered caravan sites, tennis court and a pristine swimming pool. This standard in-ground swimming pool has a million-dollar view of the beautiful Yang Yang Ranges. What better place to cool off and relax in the Outback. Be sure to fuel up at the general store before you leave.
AMPLIFY THE AWESOMENESS Have you ever witnessed a view that left you absolutely gobsmacked? The 360-degree outlook from Mount Slowcombe will leave you shaking your head in disbelief, wondering why so few people are aware of this gem. Join the daily sunset tour from Yaraka Hotel for the short 8km drive to the lookout. Access is easy via a sealed road winding its way to the top, so drive yourself if you prefer. There’s even an electric barbecue, covered seating and a ‘loo with a view’! Take your favourite nibbles and drinks for a spectacular sunset.
JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE LINE Make sure you pop into the End of the Line Museum housed in the original railway station. While there, you’ll learn about the Great Western Rail project and how it impacted Yaraka. If you love stories about trains and the railway, then you won’t want to miss this attraction. Along with the stories, there are some really interesting artefacts from Yaraka’s days as a railway town. Let’s face it, it’s not every day that you travel to the ‘end of the line.’
did yo u kn ow Mount Slowcombe has a 360- degree breath taking view
To Windorah, Welford National Park & Magee’s Shanty
Mount Slowcombe Lookout
Historic Railway Station
central motel THE CENTRE OF LONGREACH HISTORIC TOWNSHIP
20 CBD motel rooms Longest reception hours in town - from 9 am to 2.30 am
THE PLACE TO BE
Fun friendly bar/lounge
commercial hotel Trades 7 days a week - the bar opens daily 9 am to 1 am The Bottleshop opens daily 9 am - midnight The best air conditioned gaming room in Longreach opens daily 10 am - 2.30 am
P: +61 7 4658 1677 E: STAY@CENTRALMOTELLONGREACH.COM.AU WWW.CENTRALMOTELLONGREACH.COM.AU
FOR A COLD BEER IN THE BAR, FLUTTER ON THE POKIES OR A BARGAIN IN THE BOTTLESHOP 102 Eagle Street LONGREACH Queensland 4730 Australia
FOODWORKS LONGREACH Open 7 Days Mon-Fri: 6.45am – 6pm; Sat-Sun: 8am – 6pm � Large range of quality fresh fruit & veg � Great specials � Hot chickens � Bakers bread fresh 7 days � Free delivery town area orders over $50 � Easy parking for trucks & caravans � Friendly service with free re-useable bio-degradable bags supplied � Phone orders welcome & packed (including cold goods)
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33 Swan Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1700 | F 07 4658 1857 E firstname.lastname@example.org tyrepower.com.au
LONGREACH MOTORS Mechanical Repairs and Servicing Truck Repairs and Servicing Tyres � Wheels � Alignments Exhaust � Brakes � Suspension 4WD Fitouts � Bullbars � Lighting Fridges � Camping Accessories Recovery Equipment � Compressors Batteries � Charging Systems Inspection Certiﬁcates � Windscreens Air Conditioning � Oils & Lubricants Light Fabrication � Welding
LONGREACH OUTDOORS CENTRE
� 4WD, Car Servicing and Repairs � Suppliers of Spare Parts and Suspension � Engine Rebuilding � Flywheel, Head and Manifold Grinding � Polaris & Can-am sales and service Great customer service ... the ‘local’ way
Your local specialists for: � Camping – OZtrail, Companion, Campﬁre, Gasmate, Pop Up, Engel � Caravan Repairs & Supplies – Thetford, Camec, Camco, Ventline, Jensen � Fishing – Abu Garcia, Shakespeare, Berkley, Mustad, Sure Catch � Homewares – Weber, Thermos, Avanti � Bait – Prawns, Worms, DynaBait � Knife Sharpening – for a Great Edge
34 Swan Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1423 E email@example.com johnleemotors.com.au
153 Eagle Street, Longreach P 0477 553 360 E firstname.lastname@example.org longreachoutdoors.com.au
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Longreach Airport largely services the central west region covering Longreach, Winton and Barcaldine townships.
Longreach Airport offers daily services from Brisbane with QantasLink and twice weekly services from Townsville with Regional Express.
LONGREACH AIRPORT Blackall *Flight schedule subject to change.
LONGREACH ARTS & CRAFTS CENTRE & GALLERY (UPSTAIRS)
Admission FREE | Featuring works by local artisans The upstairs Gallery sells a wonderful array of locally made art and craft – pottery, jewellery, patchwork, leather, paintings, photos and much more. Gallery Open: 1pm – 4pm daily from April to September Open some mornings – check local information. (Up green stairs at the side or use new lift chair on back stairs.) There are regular Art and Craft making days. Check out our Facebook page and local information for days and time. Includes: pottery, wool spinning, ﬁbre art, patchwork, painting, drawing, silver smithing and leather work.
111 Ibis Street, Longreach E email@example.com facebook.com/longreachartsandcraftscentre
LONGREACH TOURIST PARK AND THE WOOLSHED BAR AND GRILL
MITCHELL GRASS RETREAT
Our luxury ensuite tents are the absolute perfect base for your Outback Queensland adventure. Take in the spacious open plan layout and sumptuous King bed with gorgeous linen. Gidyea tents suit one or two guests, while our larger Mulga tents are great for twin share or families – with the option of Adventure Swags for kids! Add on our delicious Cheese & Antipasto Platters and BBQ packs. We also oﬀer fully accredited accessible tents with King or Twin bedding. Guests love the Gidyea tents’ deep free-standing bath with a view or the Mulga tents’ luxed-up trough bath, made locally of galvanised steel. Stargazing is essential – Akubra and boots optional! Conversations are deeper, stories are funnier, and the complimentary marshmallows deﬁnitely taste sweeter as guests draw together around the ﬁre pits. Breathe in the serenity of the Mitchell Grass Plains. 162 Muttaburra Road, Longreach P 0491 339 822 E firstname.lastname@example.org mitchellgrassretreat.com.au
LONGREACH ACCESSORIES PLUS � � � � � �
Pet Supplies & Engraved Pet ID Tags Mobile Phone & iPod Accessories Bikes/Scooters & Accessories Car Accessories & Parts Lightforce Distributor Jewellery & Jewellery Cleaning Services � Visit our Facebook Page – search for ‘Longreach Accessories Plus’
106a Eagle Street, Longreach P/F 07 4658 1607 (Melanie Palmer) E email@example.com Longreach Tourist Park has always been a favourite with outback travellers. Bring your caravan or camper, or stay in our cabins and villas. You’ll enjoy a unique Longreach experience where the outback pioneering spirit embraces you from the moment you arrive. Experience the outback in all its glory at Longreach Tourist Park with newly renovated self contained studio style cabins, two bedroom villas and a variety of caravan and camping sites. Book now for our Woolshed Bar and Grill with the amazing slow cooked dishes by our master chef Jay. Longreach Tourist Park has started to reveal our new developments within the park and will continue to evolve in 2022.
12 Thrush Road, Longreach P 07 4658 1871 (reservations) E firstname.lastname@example.org www.longreachtouristpark.com.au
MERCURY BUSINESS SUPPLIES � Your Local IT Specialists – Everything for the home or mobile oﬃce � Jaycar Authorised Reseller � Sales and repairs of Notebook and Desktop computers, printers and oﬃce equipment � In-store: stationery, photocopying, laminating, designing, printing and emailing facilities
2/136 Eagle Street, Longreach P 07 4658 3544 | M 0429 025 302 E email@example.com mercbiz.com.au
SHELL SERVICE STATION LONGREACH
Saltbush Retreat’s rustic but beautiful accommodation reﬂects the unique textures and tones of Outback Queensland. Our exquisitely themed 4.5-star Homestead Stables and 4-star Slab Huts deliver an authentic outback experience without sacriﬁcing those allimportant creature comforts. Homestead Stables and Slab Hut guests enjoy exclusive access to our Outdoor Bath Terrace with optional Pamper Packs. Our well-appointed 3.5-star Outback Cabins are a true home-away-fromhome where tired travellers can relax on their private deck and gaze out at the outback sunset. Enhance your experience with our Gourmet Breakfast Hampers, Cheese & Antipasto Hampers and mouth-watering BBQ packs. Premium wines and boutique beers may be purchased from Reception.
Good old fashioned service with a country smile. Friendly staﬀ and well priced fuel. Services & Amenities include: � Vehicle servicing � Shop � RWC inspections � Pies and drinks � O’Brien Glass dealer – large � Party and block ice range of windscreens � Fishing bait � Century batteries � Eftpos facilities � Swap and Go Gas
63-65 Ilfracombe Road, Longreach P 07 4658 3811 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.saltbushretreat.com.au
1 Wonga Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1706 E email@example.com FB: Shell Longreach Service Centre
Open 6:00am to 8:00pm – 7 days per week.
OUTWEST CONTAINER EXCHANGE
$2 MERINO MONEY Present this advertisement to be stamped at the Merino Bakery and receive your gift of $2 off any purchase. � Minimum sale amount $5.00 � One voucher per family per visit � Not redeemable for cash � Not to be used with ANY other oﬀer
� Authorised Containers for Change Return Point � Return eligible beverage containers for a 10c refund � Help keep Queensland beautiful by recycling Opening hours: 9am–4pm Monday to Friday 10am–12pm Saturday
120 Eagle Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1715 | F 07 4658 0045 Open 7 days; Right in the middle of town
1/136 Eagle Street, Longreach M 0488 016 149 E firstname.lastname@example.org FB: outwestcontainerexchange
MUDDY DUCK TOURIST PARK Opening in 2022 is Longreach’s newest caravan park set along the banks of the Thomson River. Featuring large drive through sites and powered camping. Follow our construction journey and keep up to date with all the news on Instagram and Facebook.
Old Landsborough Hway, Longreach E email@example.com muddyduck.com.au
PALMERS BP � Full Driveway Service and Mechanical Repairs � Spare Parts and Windscreens � Maxxis Tyres and Batteries � Castrol Oils and Lubricants � New Bicycle Sales and Repairs � Car Wash and Dog Wash
9 Wonga Street, Longreach P/F 07 4658 1136 M 0417 752 337 (John & Sue Palmer) E firstname.lastname@example.org
THE LONGREACH TAVERN Open 7 days – Lunch and Dinner � Largest Celebrations Bottleshop in the West � Dine in & Take away at the Southern Cross Bistro � Latest Dragon & Lightning Pokies � Street-side Beer Garden – Dogs Welcome! � Courtesy Bus available Pop in and say gidday to Tim and Kim and the team .. we’ll look after you!
Scenic helicopter flights over Longreach and the mighty Thomson River. � Fantastic photo opportunities! � Book a 10 minute, 20 minute or sunset ﬂight � Flights from $100 per person (minimum 2 passengers)
103 Eagle Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1925 longreachtavern.com
P 0417 624 422 (Tim & Sandy) E email@example.com queenslandhelicopters.com.au
SCHOOL OF THE AIR, LONGREACH
THURECHT BROS SADDLERY
� Join us in touring one of the world’s biggest classrooms � Experience and explore learning through the eyes of our students � Guided tours 9am & 10.30am weekdays March to October (excluding public and Christmas holidays) � Online bookings essential – visit our website for more information and bookings
Established in 1927 by the Thurecht Brothers, Thurecht Bros Saddlery is one of the few remaining working saddleries in Queensland today. Call in and see Phil & Jayne and their great range of outback styled gifts, horse supplies, motorbike bags and belts made to order.
10349 Landsborough Hway, Longreach P 0477 298 104 E firstname.lastname@example.org lsodetours.com.au
130B Eagle Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1011 M 0407 111 324 E email@example.com
THE BIRDCAGE HOTEL Longreach’s top food and entertainment venue! A family friendly hotel oﬀering a fantastic selection of food, drink and gaming – with a modern bar, steakhouse and gaming room, there truly is something for everyone. Courtesy bus available on request from 5pm till late 7 days a week. Opening Hours: 10am – 12am 7 days (Lunch: 11.30am – 2pm 7 days & Dinner: 5.30pm – 8.30pm 7 days) 31 Duck Street, Longreach P 07 4658 1230 E firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/thebirdcagehotel
self contained/bush camp sites APEX RIVERSIDE PARK Located 4.5km west of Longreach on the Landsborough Highway • Toilet facilities available in the park • Fees payable at the Longreach Explore Centre
BARCOO WEIR ISISFORD Located at the end of Saint Mary’s Street, Isisford • Within walking distance of toilets and showers • Fees payable at the Isisford Council Office
LONGREACH YELLOWBELLY FISHING CLASSIC Longreach Yellowbelly Fishing Classic 26–28 August 2022 � � � � �
Raﬄes Food vendors Markets Kids and family activities Bar and live entertainment
Visit our Facebook page – Longreach Yellowbelly Fishing Comp
OMA WATERHOLE ISISFORD Located 16km from Isisford on the Isisford Yaraka River Road • Toilets and shower facilities available • Fees payable at the Isisford Council Office
CARAVAN PARK YARAKA Located behind the Yaraka Hotel
Apex Park, Thomson River, Longreach E email@example.com
• Toilets and shower facilities available • Fees payable at the Yaraka Hotel
LONGREACH SERVICES DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATION
Protyres (Bridgestone Service Centre)
25 Ilfracombe Road | 07 4658 2659
FOOD AND DINING – BISTROS & RESTAURANTS
Shell Service Station (Windscreens & Repairs)
1 Wonga Street | 07 4658 1706 Slade Smash Repairs (RACQ)
Abajaz Motor Inn
174 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1609
Albert Park Motor Inn
11 Wonga Street | 07 4658 1288 Corner Ilfracombe Road & Stork Road 07 4658 2411
ANZ (ATM only)
29-31 Duck Street | 07 4658 1230 Longreach RSL
34 Duck Street | 07 4658 2428 Harry’s Restaurant (Longreach Motor Inn)
84 Galah Street | 07 4658 2322
101 Eagle Street
Southern Cross Bistro (Longreach Tavern)
Thomson River 4kms from Longreach 07 4658 4141 or 07 4658 4142
Commonwealth Bank Australia
The Stone Grill (seasonal)
Central Motel (Commercial Hotel)
National Australia Bank
102 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1677
119 Eagle Street | 07 4652 5000
Glamping - Mitchell Grass Retreat
Apex Park Riverside Camp (Bush Camping)
162 Muttaburra Road, Longreach | 0418 758 014 Goodberry Hills (Seasonal Bush Camping)
42km from Longreach | Phillip 0437 608 143 Rowley 0428 622 337
122a Eagle Street | 07 4658 1533
121 Eagle Street | 07 4652 6244
CAMPING & FISHING SUPPLIES Longreach Outdoors Centre
3 Snipe Street | 07 4658 3229
Longreach Caravan Park (Caravans, Camping &
45 Ilfracombe Road | 07 4658 2411 Cabins) | 18 Ibis Street | 07 4658 1770 Longreach Motor Inn
84 Galah Street | 07 4658 2322
Longreach Airport | 07 4650 1000 Budget
103 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1925 128 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1776
The Woolshed (seasonal – Longreach Tourist Park)
Wompoo Road | 07 4658 1934
FOOD AND DINING – COFFEE SHOPS Casey’s Longreach
110 Eagle Street Darcy’s Diner
2/108 Eagle Street | 07 4658 3065 Garraway Cafe
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame 07 4658 2166 Kynda Cafe & Boutique
120A Eagle Street | 07 4658 0591
Longreach Outback Adventures (Budget lodging)
Longreach Airport | 07 4650 1001
Longreach Private Apartments
ACC – Reach Church | Service Time: 9:30am
The Branch Cafe
18 Stork Road | 07 4658 2411
98 Crane St | firstname.lastname@example.org Longreach Tourist Park (Caravans, Camping &
Cabins) | 12 Thrush Road | 07 4658 1781 Muddy Duck Tourist Park
via Landsborough Highway | 0422 234 133 Pat’s Place Longreach
58 Wompoo Road | 0428 581 388
Sunday Kids club 2nd and 4th Friday during school term End of Gull St (Near Racecourse) | 07 4658 3910 Baptist Church | Service Time: Sunday 9.00am
Cnr Quail Street & Bower Road | 07 4658 3865 Catholic Church St Brigid’s
QANTAS Founders Museum | 07 4658 3737 120 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1715 105 Eagle Street | 07 4658 0087 The Welcome Home Café Tearoom
128 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1776 option 4
FOOD AND DINING – FAST FOOD/TAKEAWAY Happy Valley Chinese
Saltbush Retreat (Cabins & Boutique accom)
Mass Times: 9.00am 1st Sunday of the Month 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sunday is held as a Saturday Vigil 6.00pm 110 Emu Street | 07 4658 3238
The Staging Post (Outback Pioneers)
Longreach Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Salvation Army | Service Time: 4.00pm Sunday
Relax and Unwind on Falcon
Falcon Street | 0438 609 284 63-65 Ilfracombe Road | 07 4658 3811 128 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1776
AUTO ELECTRICIANS Ben Palmer Auto Electrician
0438 581 752
Longreach Auto Electrician
17 Pelican Street | 07 4658 1803
AUTO EXTRAS Access Electronics
113 Eagle Street | 07 4658 0500 TRACCS Mobile Repairs and Parts
(Trailers, Campers and Caravans) | 0408 718 752
150 Galah Street | 07 4658 0723 149 Eagle Street | 07 4658 0467
St Andrew’s Anglican Church | Service Times:
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays at 8am. 2nd Saturday at 6pm Fellowship Bring and share Meal. 4th Saturday at 6pm Praise & Worship. (Note – If the 1st Sunday of the month is on the 1st of the month, then the Saturday evening times will be the 1st & 3rd Saturdays). 144 Emu St | 07 4658 2116 Uniting Church | Service Time: 9.00am Sunday
105 Galah Street | 07 4658 1164
AUTO PARTS & REPAIRS
CCFab Cody’s Custom Fabrication
34 Swan Street | 07 4658 1423 Longreach Motors (ARB & Tyre Power)
33 Swan Street | 07 4658 1700 Longreach Toyota
17 Swan Street | 07 4658 1800 Longreach Tyre Centre
143 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1207 O’Briens Garage & Auto Pro (Mitsubishi)
23 Swan Street | 07 4658 1366 Palmers BP
9 Wonga Street | 07 4658 1136
12 Owl Street | 0459 496 910
Centwest Engineering & Steel Supplies
1 Miner Road | 07 4658 1733 Longreach Engineering
166 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1479
135 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1311 Little Star Indian Restaurant
119 Eagle Street | 0468 431 491 135 Eagle Street | 07 4658 2338
B.F. Savage & Co Butchery
118 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1044 Buttco Wholesalers
158 Spoonbill Street | 07 4658 2513 Foodworks
141 Ibis Street | 07 4658 1397 Longreach Fruit Barn
(Fruit, Veg & Organic Products) 41 Duck Street | 07 4658 2002 Merino Bakery
120 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1715 PFD Food Services
24 Lark Street | 07 4658 0444 SUPA IGA
Corner Eagle and Swan Street (Westpac Bank carpark) | 07 4658 1260
HAIRDRESSERS Gaby’s Hair Design Studio Exclusive
4/108 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1451 Hair Envy by Ash
39 Eagle Street | 0438 164 752 Rubegg 4 Hair
113 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1918 Sage Hair by Casey
120a Eagle Street | 0419 725 479
HEALTH & FITNESS
Complete Body Massage | Traditional & Remedial
Massage, Traditional & Modern Cupping, Dry Needling, Reiki, Yoga | 0428 658 078 LRE Phoenix Fitness Gym
160 Eagle Street (24hr Toggle system) email@example.com Manuka Massage | Relaxation, Deep Tissue &
07 4658 0735 Mon: 1pm to 5pm Tues: 9.30am to 1.20pm & 3pm to 5pm Wed: 12.30pm to 5pm Thurs: 9.30am to 12.30pm & 3pm to 5pm Fri: 12.30pm to 5pm | Sat: 9am to 12pm
20 Main Avenue | 07 4658 2106
PUBLIC FACILITIES Ilfracombe Library | 07 4658 2197
Open: Mon to Fri: 9am – 12pm & 2pm – 4.45pm Closed on weekends & Public Holidays
Longreach Swimming Pool
Ilfracombe Swimming Pool & Spa
Sammi Sheehan Massage & Fitness
29 Swan Street | 0409 633 082
07 4658 1745 Please contact the swimming pool or Longreach Explore Centre for opening times
07 4658 4111 Please contact Council or Longreach Explore Centre for opening times
Longreach Archival & Historical Society
ISISFORD SERVICES DIRECTORY
Aroma Touch | 0428 580 258
(Tues & Thurs) | Powerhouse Museum | firstname.lastname@example.org Longreach Arts & Crafts Centre
111 Ibis Street | email@example.com
MEDIA 4LG | 1098 AM 4TAB | 103.7 FM ABC Western Queensland | 540AM Classic FM | 102.1 FM Radio National | 99.1 FM SBS FM | 101.3 FM Tourist Radio | 88 FM Triple J FM | 106.1 FM West FM | 104.5 FM
MEDICAL SERVICES Fitzpatrick Family Optometrist
1800 008 020
1/109 Eagle Street | 07 4658 2445 Longreach Family Medical Practice
118 Eagle Street | 0447 201 885 Coola Carpets
132 Eagle Street | 07 4658 3135 Dusty Blooms
Florist | 0447 201 885
ACCOMMODATION Barcoo Weir (Bush Camping)
Just on the edge of Isisford, Isisford Blackall Road 07 4658 8133 Golden West Hotel
Heels & Things
110 Eagle Street | 07 4658 0144
(Hotel Rooms & Caravan Park) Corner St Mary Street & Saint Helena Street 07 4658 8380
Oma Waterhole (Bush Camping)
115 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1666 Longreach Accessories Plus
Isisford Yaraka River Road (approx. 20km from Isisford) 07 4658 8133
Longreach Embroidery & Sewing
AUTO PARTS & REPAIRS
106 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1607 124A Eagle Street | 07 4658 3518 Mercury Business Supplies (Internet & mobile
support) | 136 Eagle Street | 07 4658 3544 Prices Plus
3 St Francis Street | 07 4658 8299 Fuel
14 Saint Agnes Street | 24 hour card fuel depot
111 Eagle Street | 07 4658 2775
FOOD AND DINING
Ando’s Food Barn
106 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1400 Shoe B Do
113A Eagle Street | 07 4658 1458 Smith Bros. Mitre Ten Hardware
114 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1200
15 Saint Mary Street | 07 4658 8405 Golden West Hotel
Corner St Mary Street & Saint Helena Street 07 4658 8380 Whitmans Café
12 Saint Mary Street | 07 4658 8133
Eagle Arcade Level 1, 109 Eagle Street 07 4658 3866
118A Eagle Street | 07 4658 3636
Isisford Library | 07 4658 8917
Longreach Private Dental
The Gidgee Tree
Jabiru Street | 07 4658 4700 130 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1283 Spiers Pharmacy
112B Eagle Street | 07 4658 1004 Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Eagle Arcade Level 1, Shop 4, 109 Eagle Street 07 4658 1655
NEWSAGENTS Barkers Newsagency
112a Eagle Street | 07 4658 1008 Myers Newsagency
113 Eagle Street | 07 4658 1324
PET SERVICES Longreach Vet | All veterinary services,
Dog sitting and grooming | 07 4658 3838 Self serve Dog Wash | available at BP Service
109 Eagle Street | 07 4658 0999 110 Eagle Street | 0499 239 176
Isisford Swimming Pool | 07 4658 8900
Mon to Sun: 10am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm
Thurecht Bros Saddlery
YARAKA SERVICES DIRECTORY
126 Eagle Street | 07 4658 2006 130B Eagle Street | 07 4658 1011 Western Emporium
120 Eagle Street | 0419 649 634
ILFRACOMBE SERVICES DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATION Ilfracombe Cabins & Caravan Park
ACCOMMODATION Yaraka Caravan Park
Jarley Street | 07 4657 5526 Yaraka Hotel
Jarley Street | 07 4657 5526
FOOD AND DINING
10-12 Main Avenue | 07 4658 1510
Yaraka General Store
20 Main Avenue | 07 4658 2106
Jarley Street | 07 4657 5555 Jarley Street | 07 4657 5526
AUTO PARTS & REPAIRS
Yaraka Swimming Pool
1 Devon Street | 0429 033 425 TRACCS Mobile Repairs & Parts (Trailers,
Campers & Caravans) | 0408 718 752
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm | Closed on weekends & Public Holidays
The Station Store
Station Car wash at 9 Wonga Street.
FOOD AND DINING
Jarley Street | 07 4658 8900
The Dirty Dozen The Central West Regional Pest Management Partnership Group are working together to fight the spread of Pest Weeds and Animals within the RAPAD Region.
01. C actus - Coral, Snake, Tiger Pear, Jumping Cholla, Tree Pear & Harrisia
Be part of this fight by simply contacting the Rural Lands Officer in one of the Seven RAPAD Councils if you see one of our ‘Dirty Dozen’ or a plant of suspicion:
02. Parthenium 03. Sticky Florestina
REGIONAL COUNCIL CONTACTS:
04. Prickly Acacia
Longreach Regional Council 07 4658 4111
05. Parkinsonia 06. Mesquite 07. Bellyache Bush 08. Rubber Vine 09. Wild Dogs 10. Foxes 11. Feral Pigs
Wash- Down Bay facilities are located throughout Central Western p Queensland, make sure to dro ed we t pes any ove in and rem seeds that might be lurking under your car
12. Wild Cats
Barcaldine Regional Council 07 4651 5600 Barcoo Shire Council 07 4658 6900 Winton Shire Council 07 4657 2666 Diamantina Shire Council 07 4746 1202 Blackall-Tambo Regional Council 07 4621 6600 Boulia Shire Council 07 4746 3188 HAVE YOU SEEN ONE OF THE DIRTY DOZEN? CONTACT THE LOCAL AUTHORITY WITH THE FOLLOWING: Location (GPS); Photo; Contact details
WOULD YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION? www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/biosecurity/invasive-plants-animals Visitor Information Centres within the seven RAPAD Council areas Desert Channels Queensland, Longreach
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Mt McEvoy 384 m
LARK QUARRY CONSERVATION PARK
Mt Vergemont 318 m
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WELFORD NATIONAL PARK
Yaraka Merry Peaks 368 m
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Emmet Mt Ellen 427 m
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Mt Slowcombe 376 m
Yellow Mtn 259 m
HELL HOLE GORGE NATIONAL PARK
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Mt Misery 235 m
Mt Perrier 338 m
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LOCHERN NATIONAL PARK
99a Eagle Street Longreach QLD 4730 E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: (07) 4658 4141 P: (07) 4658 4142