The best things to do in Longreach, QLD: train rides, glamping, and more
Outback Aussie Tours story as seen in the New Zealand Herald.
Longreach may appear to be in the middle of nowhere, but there’s a surprisingly long list of things to see and do in this Outback Queensland town, as Cath Johnsen writes.
It takes 13 hours to reach by car from Brisbane, but funnily enough, that’s not what gives Longreach its name. Instead, it refers to the length of the meandering Thomson River, which flows through the district. Just getting to the red soils and inland waterways of Longreach is undoubtedly half the fun, but if you’re not up for a dusty road trip through the Aussie bush, Queensland Rail has you covered.
The vintage rail motors can take passengers across the flood plains of the Thomson River for sunset drinks on the Silver-Tails Rail Sunset tour; to the Darr River for morning smoko on the Great Darr River Rail Run, or east to the town of Ilfracombe and its famous Wellshot Hotel on the Historic Ilfracombe Excursion. Canapes are served while the onboard commentary entertains with tales of the times the Royals visited Longreach, with the locals playing host to Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall.
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