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Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. The town is named after the "long reach" of the Thomson River on which it is situated. The town was gazetted in 1887, and the railway reached the town in 1892, causing the population to grow. It is the administrative centre of the Longreach Regional Council, which was established in 2008 as a merger of the former Longreach, Ilfracombe, and Isisford shires.The town is on the Tropic of Capricorn. At the 2011 Australian Census Longreach recorded a population of 3,137. The main industries of the area are cattle, sheep, and, more recently, tourism.A number of Queensland towns have their streets named to a theme. In Longreach, the streets are named after species of birds, with the streets running east-west named after water birds and those running north-south after land birds. The main business street is called Eagle Street. Other streets honour Hudson Fysh, an Australian aviation pioneer, and Sir James Walker, a farmer and long-serving mayor of the former Longreach Shire Council.Notable Australians to have been born or lived in Longreach include former Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce, iconic Purple Hearts and Coloured Balls guitarist Lobby Loyde, comedian Carl Barron and rugby league footballer Matthew Scott.
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
Specialty Museum
QANTAS Founders Museum
Duration: 3h 30 min
Camden Park Station ©
Camden Park Station
Duration: 2h 30 min
Spirit of the Outback
Outdoor Activity
Spirit of the Outback
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Longreach

Longreach ©
Historic Site
Longreach Queensland
Duration: 2 hours
Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum ©
History Museum
Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum Ilfracombe
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tree of Knowledge Memorial ©
Tree of Knowledge Memorial Barcaldine
Duration: 2 hours
Australian Workers Heritage Centre ©
History Museum
Australian Workers Heritage Centre Barcaldine
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Longreach

Outback Pics ©
Art Gallery
Outback Pics
Duration: 2 hours
Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout ©
Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout
Duration: 1h 30 min
Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum ©
Historic Site
Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum
Duration: 1h 30 min
Spinifex Collections ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Spinifex Collections
Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Longreach

Lake Eyre Basin ©
Water Body
Lake Eyre Basin
Duration: 2 hours

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