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The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame 

This museum is a spectacular tribute to the many inhabitants of rural Australia. It covers the historical period from the migration of the Indigenous people of Australia to the continent more than forty thousand years ago, to the exploration and establishment of grazing, agriculture, mining, forestry, and other important industries in rural Australia by European colonists over the last 200 years. It also illustrates the present day environment where technology is playing an integral role in farming, business, and communications. Conceived in 1974 and founded by renowned Australian artist Hugh Sawrey, the museum took 14 years build, and was opened in 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The museum is open 7 days a week from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, and is closed Christmas Day. For more information regarding admission prices and tour packages, please contact the museum directly.  


Qantas Founders Museum

The Qantas Founders Museum is situated within the Longreach Airport, and incorporates the plane hangar built in 1922 by Stewarts & Lloyds of Brisbane, as well as many other displays, simulators, and interactive tools. The museum features many different aircraft available for tours, some of which have unique historical significance to Australia. The museum is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For admission, tour, and simulator costs, please contact the museum directly.      

       

Longreach School of Distance Education 

Imagine a school which communicates with its students across an area twice the size of the state of Victoria, via modern technologies. This is the Longreach School of Distance Education. Visit the school and learn how the institution teaches students who hardly ever visit the school grounds. Enter the studio and listen to an on-air lesson. Discover the challenges of learning over the airwaves. Distance education uses correspondence papers, on-air lessons and a field service program. Please contact the school for more information about its services and potential tour times. 

The Longreach Powerhouse Museum

The Longreach Powerhouse Museum is owned and operated by the Longreach Shire Council and is the social history museum for the shire of Longreach. The largest feature of the museum is the old power station. Inside this heritage-listed building you will find the largest preserved rural power-generating facility in Australia.  Imagine a room so large that a railway locomotive could be driven into it with ease.  Now imagine machinery that dwarfs this locomotive. Beside the power station you will find the social history building with its exhibits and photographs depicting an era now long gone. This includes exhibitions of an old flight control centre, a 1948 classroom, and history of the rural men and women of Australia. The Powerhouse Museum caters especially for school groups, and all tours are accompanied by activity sheets and curriculum support. Please contact the museum for opening hours, bookings, and cost enquiries.


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Last reviewed 21 June 2020
Last updated 21 June 2020