Longreach, Queensland

Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia, approximately 700 km (430 mi) 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. 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.[2] 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.

Longreach: the river water tower
Longreach is located in Queensland
Coordinates23°26′32″S 144°14′57″E / 23.4422°S 144.2491°ECoordinates: 23°26′32″S 144°14′57″E / 23.4422°S 144.2491°E
Population2,970 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation191.0 m (627 ft)2209.5
LGA(s)Longreach Region
State electorate(s)Gregory
Federal Division(s)Maranoa
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
31.4 °C
89 °F
15.8 °C
60 °F
441.4 mm
17.4 in
Localities around Longreach:
Morella Camoola Camoola
Maneroo Longreach Ilfracombe
Ernestina Ernestina Ilfracombe


Stockman-Hall-of Fame
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach
Qantas hangar Longreach
The world's third oldest airline, Qantas, commenced operating in Longreach - from this hangar - now part of the Qantas Founders Museum.

Longreach is the home of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, which was officially opened in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. The purpose of the centre is to showcase the history and the culture of life in rural Australia. Since its opening, over 1 million people have passed through its doors.

Longreach was one of the founding centres for Qantas, the Australian domestic and international airline, the third oldest airline in the world (after KLM and Avianca).[3] One of the airline's original hangars remains in use at the Longreach Airport and is listed on the Australian National Heritage List. The town is now the home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which includes amongst its displays a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747-200 aircraft, registration VH-EBQ, The City of Bunbury, and Qantas's first jet aircraft VH-XBA (formerly VH-EBA), a Boeing 707, The City of Canberra. In recognition of the town's place in company history, as well as a play on the airliner's extended range, all of Qantas's Boeing 747-400s have "Longreach" printed on both sides of the first jetway entry/exit doors.

The town is home to the Australian Agricultural College's Longreach Campus, which prepares students for work in the agricultural and pastoral industries. It was known previously as the Longreach Pastoral College. The campus was opened in 1967. Adjacent to the college is the Longreach School of Distance Education, which provides lessons to remote students, formerly by HF radio but now using telephone lines.


Longreach lay on the traditional tribal lands of the Iningai.

Longreach Post Office opened on 1 October 1891. A Longreach Rail Post Office opened by April 1940 and closed in 1962.[4]

Longreach State School opened on 22 May 1893 with an enrolment of 102 students.[5] Longreach State High School opened on 24 January 1966.[6] Longreach School of Distance Education opened on 27 January 1987.[7][8]

In early April 2010, Longreach experienced a significant locust plague described by local residents as the worst in three decades.[9][10]

At the 2011 Australian Census Longreach recorded a population of 3,137.[11]

Heritage listings

Longreach has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Longreach has a visitor information centre, swimming pool, Powerhouse Museum[16] and parks. Shopping facilities in the town include IGA, Foodworks and Prices Plus.

Longreach Regional Council operates the Longreach Library at 106 Eagle Street, Longreach.[17]

The Longreach branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association has its rooms in Duck Street.[18]


The Longreach Leader newspaper is issued weekly.[19] The Longreach area is also served by several locally based radio stations including ABC Western Queensland, and commercial stations 4LG and West FM.

Notable people


Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: BOM[20]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Longreach (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Where the streets have bird names". ABC Western Queensland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 February 2013. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Oldest Airlines In The World That Are Still Operating". World Atlas. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Longreach SS". Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Longreach SHS". Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Longreach School of Distance Education". Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Millions of locusts swarm Central Queensland town of Longreach". The Courier-Mail website. News Limited. 6 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Locust plague prompts fears for crops". ABC News website. ABC. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Longreach (Urban Centre)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 September 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "Longreach Railway Station (entry 601970)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  13. ^ "QATB Centre (former) (entry 600663)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Qantas Museum/Former Qantas Hangar (entry 600664)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Longreach Powerhouse (former) (entry 601541)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Powerhouse Museum Longreach". Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Longreach Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Branch locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Longreach Leader". Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Climate statistics for Australian locations - Longreach Aero (records began in 1949)". BOM. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  21. ^ "Climate statistics for Australian locations - Longreach Aero (records began in 1949)". BOM. Archived from the original on 21 September 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

External links

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Andrew McCabe (sprinter)

Andrew McCabe (born 29 August 1990 in Longreach, Queensland) is an Australian track and field sprinter. He was a member of the Australian 4 × 100 m relay team that equalled the Australian record when they qualified for the finals at the 2012 London Olympics.

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is a museum located in Longreach, Queensland, Australia, which pays tribute to pioneers of the Australian outback. The centre is also dedicated to Australian stockmen who have shown bravery and courage.

The founder of the Hall of Fame was artist Hugh Sawrey, a well-known painter and former stockman, who had the name registered in 1974, put up the initial funding, and enlisted supporters. His vision was to create a memorial to the explorers, overlanders, pioneers and settlers of outback Australia. This dream was shared by other outstanding Australians, including the legendary R. M. Williams.Longreach was chosen as the location because of its historical role as a stock route junction and because of its current transport links. The original information centre, a sandstone cottage built by R. M. Williams, complete with hand adzed timber and black marble floors, was restored to its original character and now houses the Hall of Fame’s growing library collection.

In 1980, an architectural design competition was announced by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Construction began in July 1985.The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 29 April 1988. The structure was designed by Sydney architect Feiko Bouman and provides 2,500 m² of usable floor space.Gold medals once belonging to legendary sheep shearer Jackie Howe are on display.In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a "location".

Bill Prest

William George "Bill" Prest (2 April 1926 – 8 December 2012) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the Labor Party in 1976 until 1992, former Gladstone Harbour Board member and once Gladstone mayor.

Prest was born in Longreach, Queensland. In 1970, he stood for local council elections and was elected, he later became Gladstone's deputy mayor in 1975. The Gladstone Port Access Bridge was renamed the Bill Prest bridge in 2010.In his last term in the Queensland Parliament, Prest caused controversy when he made a racist slur against former state National Party Aboriginal Affairs Minister and future Federal MP Bob Katter when he called him a gin jockey. Prest however was not publicly disciplined and retained his position as whip but the controversy did see him being taken about out of the limelight of public life.Prest died, aged 86, in Gladstone, Queensland. Robert Schwarten, Liz Cunningham including deputy mayor Matt Burnett and mayor Gail Sellers attended his funeral to pay tribute.

Carl Barron

Carl Barron (born 11 June 1964) is an Australian theatre and television comedian. His style is based on observational humour. He was born in Longreach, Queensland, the son of a sheep shearer, and formerly worked as an apprentice roof tiler. Barron has released five DVDs, entitled Carl Barron LIVE!, Carl Barron: Whatever Comes Next, Carl Barron: Walking Down The Street, Carl Barron: A One Ended Stick and Carl Barron: Drinking With A Fork. In November 2010 a box set entitled "All The Stuff I've Done So Far" was released, which included the first three previous titles, plus a documentary and outtakes. In 1993 he was voted 'Comic of the Year' and 'Best Up and Coming Talent' and has since made many TV appearances in commercials and on TV shows such as Rove and Thank God You're Here.

Barron made his first television appearance on the NRL Footy Show on 17 April 1997.One of his perpetual jokes is that several people have mistaken him for people such as Australian musician Paul Kelly. He once stated "I reckon if Paul Kelly and Gandhi had a baby, I'd be it!". He has regularly sold-out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Barron has been very successful in Australia with the DVD release of Carl Barron LIVE! going four times platinum, making it the most successful Australian comedy DVD in Australian history. He has appeared in Good News Week, Out of the Question, Thank God You're Here and several episodes of Rove.

Daniel Russell (rugby league)

Daniel Russell (born 5 December 1995) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. Primarily a centre, he is a Papua New Guinea Prime Minister's XIII representative.

Feiko Bouman

Feiko Bouman (born June 10, 1944) is a Dutch Australian architect and author, best known for his outback museum, The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach Queensland. The building was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1988.

Jindalee Operational Radar Network

The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) is an over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) network that can monitor air and sea movements across 37,000 km2. It has a normal operating range of 1,000 km to 3,000 km. It is used in the defence of Australia, and can also monitor maritime operations, wave heights and wind directions.

JORN's main ground stations comprise a control centre, known as JCC, at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia and two transmission stations: JOR1 near Longreach, Queensland and JOR2 near Laverton, Western Australia.

John Boldeman

John William Boldeman is an Australian nuclear scientist and winner of many scientific awards and medals, including an ANZAAS Medal in 2007, the Clunies Ross Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as an being officer of the order of Australia. He was born in Longreach, Queensland, the eldest of seven children born to Harold and Eileen Boldeman. He spent much of his childhood in Maryborough, Queensland and attended the Maryborough Christian Brothers High School and then Nudgee College in Brisbane. He went on to study physics at the University of Queensland and joined the then Australian Atomic Energy Commission on graduation, continuing his studies in association with his work. Dr Boldeman worked at the AAEC, and then ANSTO, for 42 years, rising to the position of Director of Physics. He was awarded a PhD from Wollongong University, and a D.Sc from University of New South Wales in 1984. He organised the purchase and installation of the Antares accelerator in 1988 at ANSTO.Dr Boldeman is best known for his contribution to the Australian Synchrotron located near Monash University in Melbourne. Heavily involved in the development of the project from initiation in the 90's, Dr Boldeman became the Foundation Technical Director in 2001, and also principal advisor to the Victorian government for the Synchrotron. He co-designed and monitored the construction of the Australian Synchrotron. This included design of the lattice structure.Dr Boldeman received a lifetime contribution award for his work on the ANTARES Tandem Accelerator and the Australian Synchrotron.Dr Boldeman was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 1993. He was made an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2015 for services to Australian Science and Technology.He is also co-founder and current Vice-president of Gunnamatta youth weight training association in South Cronulla.

John Brady (showman)

John Brady is an Australian whip cracking expert. He has performed in leading shows, fairs and special events, as well as in many television shows and films, including being a stuntman in the Clint Eastwood film Paint Your Wagon.Television appearances include You Asked for It and It's Incredible.John Brady performed original routines with both stockwhips and rope tricks during the Musical theatre show, The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, as well as playing the character Saltbush Bill in the show.

Because of his rope tricks and whipcracking expertise, John Bradly has been inducted into the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland, Australia, and DVDs have been released of his whip-cracking.

Longreach Airport

Longreach Airport (IATA: LRE, ICAO: YLRE) is situated in Longreach, Queensland, Australia. The airport is 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) northeast of the city.

Longreach Ambulance Centre

Longreach Ambulance Centre is a heritage-listed ambulance station at 111 Ibis Street, Longreach, Longreach Region, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by George Meacham and Archibald Solway and built in 1921 by Edwards, Martin Ltd. It is also known as Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade Centre, QATB Centre, and Longreach Arts & Crafts Centre. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

Longreach Powerhouse

Longreach Powerhouse is a heritage-listed former power station and now museum at 12 Swan Street, Longreach, Longreach Region, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1921 by Edward and Martin. It is now known as Longreach Powerhouse Museum. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 24 June 1999.

Longreach railway station

Longreach railway station is the terminus station of the Central Western line, serving the town of Longreach, Longreach Region, Queensland, Australia. It is on the Capricorn Highway. It was built from 1887 to 1917. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 12 December 2005.

Michael Smith (aviator)

Michael Smith is an aviator who became the first person to solo navigate the world in a single-engine flying boat. Smith was named Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2016.Smith took off from Melbourne, Australia in his SeaRey aircraft named Southern Sun in April 2015, intending to retrace the historic 1938 Sydney to London route of the Qantas Empire Flying Boat service. When he reached London, Smith determined to press on and, landing at Longreach, Queensland on 11 November 2015 became the first person to navigate solo around the world in a single-engine flying boat. The 210-day journey required 480 hours flying, 9,700 litres of fuel and stops at 80 cities along the way.

Outback 8

Outback 8 is a TV show that was broadcast on Network Ten in Australia and BBC in the UK in 2008. The show features two girls and two boys each from the UK and Australia and was set at the Agricultural Training College in Longreach, Queensland. There were 13 episodes, beginning on 22 September 2008 and every Monday for 13 weeks

Qantas Founders Outback Museum

The Qantas Founders Outback Museum is a museum located in Longreach, Queensland, Australia. The Qantas Founders Museum is located 177 km. from Winton, Queensland the original home of Qantas. The museum was opened on 9 June 1996 in the heritage-listed Qantas Hangar. Stage 2 of the Qantas Founders Museum was part of a 1999 A$110 million Queensland and federal government project, the heritage trails network.

Qantas Hangar, Longreach

Qantas Hangar is a heritage-listed former hangar and now museum at Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Longreach Region, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1922. It is now known as Qantas Founders Outback Museum. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

Resonate Broadcasting

Resonate Broadcasting is an Australian media company, operating radio stations across various centres across regional Queensland, as well as Hawaii. Formed in 2008, with the acquisition of 3GG Warragul, Victoria, 4GC and Hot FM Charters Towers, Queensland, the company currently operates 16 radio stations across Australia and the United States.

The Longreach Leader

The Longreach Leader is a newspaper published in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.

Imperial conversion
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Climate data for Longreach
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 47.3
Average high °C (°F) 37.1
Average low °C (°F) 23.2
Record low °C (°F) 13.4
Average rainfall mm (inches) 77.3
Source: BOM[21]
Towns and localities in the Longreach Region, Queensland, Australia


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