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Longreach. Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 2021

Date: 23rd May 2021

Travelled: 185 kms from Winton to Longreach 

Visited: Longreach, Outback Queensland.  

Stayed: Ilfracombe Road-side Camping, free, bin.ย S23.51536, E144.65388ย 

Budget: 43 days @ $144 per day.

We re-fuel the Jayco as we depart Winton continuing along the Matilda Way. Itโ€™s a shorter drive than we have had over the past few days. The countryside is flat and featureless. There is a strong crosswind today which equate to wrestling with the Jayco occasionally as we get pushed around.

Map of Longreach

We arrive in Longreach and continue to the information centre, finding a nice shade tree to park just across the road. We get a map of Longreach, we are told about a free concert at the Stockmanโ€™s Hall of Fame tonight.

After having lunch in the shade, we do our usual exploration of central Longreach. Itโ€˜s Sunday afternoon and everything is closed other than the pubs and a bakery come cafe and itโ€˜s closing as we pass. Should mention, did you know all streets in Longreach are named after birds ?

With our walk complete we find a bottle shop and a supermarket to do some restocking before driving out to the Qantas Founders Museum.

After paying the concession entry of $25pp we do the self guided tour which we found (almost) well worth the money. The full guided tour that include a look inside the 707, 747 and Super Constellation is more than double the cost, so we gave that a miss.

Due to Qantasโ€™ excellent safety record many of the early aircraft on display were original fleet aircraft. We spend some time watching a film outlining Qantas creation, the movie made back in the 60โ€™s is something of a time capsule detailing flying in outback Australia in the 20โ€™s, 30โ€™s and 40โ€˜s.

The museum done we drive across the road into the Stockmanโ€™s Hall of Fame car-park. We get some dinner made (for later), have a shower and put our best camper-car clothes on, join the throng for Opera Queenslandโ€˜s โ€˜Are You Lonesomeโ€™ show. The flyer calls it a celebration of Country Music and Opera.

What a wonderful night of first class entertainment it was. There are some very talented people about, and the 3 main players performance was certainly a highlight.

The show done, we drive on to Ilfracombe and a free stop for the night. We donโ€™t normally drive at night, but the nearest caravan park back in Longreach is 50 acres of dust and grey nomads. We didnโ€™t see the point of paying $40 to park for the night when a 15 minute drive gets us 50 acres of dust and 7-8 other travellers for company for free.

Before closing this blog I should comment on the huge numbers of camper, caravans and motorhomes we are passing or camping with since weโ€™ve left Cloncurry. It seems everyone who can buy, borrow or steal a camper is heading for the NT or WA.


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