Longreach

Outback headquarters

Longreach is so cool!

On a recent outback Queensland safari, we called in to Longreach for two nights. This was my fourth visit out here, and I'd never even made into town before. We've always stayed at the Jumbuck Motel, right near the airport, and haven't found any reason nor time to do stuff that's beyond walking distance. The Jumbuck Motel is pilot-friendly, offering pick-ups and drop-offs if you're not wanting to walk the ten minutes, great bar and restaurant, comfy rooms. Sorted. The Albert Park is another great place to stay, even closer to the airport - perfect for pilots.

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame, Longreach

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame, Longreach

Copyalater Longreach

Copyalater Longreach

This time, we hired a car and stayed at the Longreach Motor Inn. Brilliant. It's basic country accommodation but super convenient and the draw card is their onsite restaurant, Harry's. Top class food.

Qantas Heritage Museum Longreach - fabulous

Qantas Heritage Museum Longreach - fabulous

A full day is almost not enough time to take in all there is to absorb at the Qantas Founders Museum (at the aerodrome), such is the astonishing collection of aviation memorabia and history on offer for visitors. Across the road is the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame - another unmissable attraction shining a light on decades of our outback history and heritage.

Stop here on your way up to Cape York, or across to Adels Grove and onto the Top End, or link it into any Channel Country or red centre itinerary.

Read the full story here, as published in Australian Flying Magazine.