Longreach will touch your heart with its stories of survival and ingenuity. It will make you laugh with its quirky humour.

It will wrap you in a warm bush welcome that makes you feel as if you’ve been embraced by old friends.

Here in this outback town with its heritage buildings, the pioneering story still lives large.

You may find yourself galloping in a Cobb & Co Stagecoach, cruising the Thomson River at sunset or out on station safari spotting feral camels, kangaroos or soaring eagles.

The Kinnon family have helped put Longreach on the map with these Outback Pioneers tours.

They won Queensland Tourism’s prestigious Gold Award for Cultural Tourism two years running, and the Visitors’ Choice Award for Best Experience at the Outback Queensland Tourism Awards.

 

Nogo Station Experience

Nogo Station
Nogo Station safari. Image courtesy of Outback Pioneers

They family are an inspiration as well as great entertainers and you’ll be hosted by one of them on the Nogo Station Experience, where they give real insights into their life on the land.

You’ll experience the merino wool story unfolding in the historic shearing sheds, discover the tale of legendary cattle duffer Captain Starlight as you pass his ruined stockyards, and learn about the outback environment on the double-decker, open-top safari.

There’s time to relax and soak in the surroundings as you enjoy smoko under the gum trees.

The 4-hour experience runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

 

Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience

Cobb and Co stagecoach
Enjoy a gallop on the Cobb and Co stagecoach. Image courtesy of Outback Pioneers

The restored stagecoach and fine-tuned team of horses seem to fit in perfectly in this outback town.

They whisk you back in time to the days when a trip to Longreach was a whole lot more challenging than it is today.

Take your seat for a ride through town and then out to the old bush mail route where you get a real sense of what it was like rattling through the bush and then ‘outrunning the storm’ with an exhilarating gallop.

Be prepared to come back dusty and with a huge grin on your face!

The full Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience includes smoko and other activities. It runs Monday-Friday mornings.

 

Starlight’s Cruise Experience

Thomson Belle paddlewheeler
Take a sunset cruise on the Thomson Belle paddlewheeler. Image courtesy of Outback Pioneers

Sunset along the Thomson River is when nature is at its most colourful.

You’ll love the serene and photogenic journey in one of Outback Pioneers’ historic boats as birds flock home to roost.

It takes you to a riverside location for a stockman’s campfire dinner and entertainment with Scotty the barefoot bush poet.

Then there’s the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show in the open-air, riverbank auditorium – and always the outback night sky and incredible stars.

The Starlight’s Cruise Experience is BYO and runs every evening except Sunday.

 

Money-saver hint

You can save money on these Longreach tours by buying all three or a combination of Nogo Station and the Starlgiht’s Cruise Experience, or Nogo Station and the Cobb & Co stagecoach Experience.

See details on Outback Pioneers website.

 

Other things to do

The Station Store
An outback shopping emporium not-to-be-missed. Image courtesy of Outback Pioneers

Visit The Station Store – and incredible outback emporium in pioneering style. And don’t miss the Qantas Founders Museum and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame while you’re in Longreach. From the pioneers of flight to the stockmen and stock-women, the whole town helps draw out your own pioneering spirit as you immerse yourself in the iconic Australian stories.

The tour season is April to October. See Outback Pioneers for more details. Or call in at their booking office at 128 Eagle Street, Longreach, Q 4730. But think ahead as bookings are essential for all tours.

 

Onwards to Winton

Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum
Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum is a must see. Image courtesy of Outback Pioneers

If you’re planning to go to Winton but prefer to leave the caravan in Longreach, Outback Pioneers also does a full day tour on Saturdays when you can leave the driving to someone else and get to see all the highlights, including Australian Age of Dinosaurs and the Waltzing Matilda Centre.