Longreach is currently a 2 star accredited Queensland Tidy Town. You can tell us what you think by voting in the poll – you can give a 1 to 5 star rating.
Longreach is located approximately 700 kilometres from the coast, west of Rockhampton, and 1,187 north-west of Brisbane. The main industries of the area are cattle, sheep and more recently, tourism.
With a population of 3,137 – it is the administrative centre of the Longreach Regional Council, which was established in 2008 as a merger of the former Longreach, Ilfracombe and Isisford shires.
Local Government Information
The three pillars of the Longreach Region's prosperity are the agriculture and tourism sectors together with the region's appeal as a destination of choice for outback living. The residents of the Longreach Region are proud of their communities and passionate about their future. This is reflected in our vision for the Longreach Region as outlined in the recently adopted Corporate Plan 2017-2027.
Notable Australians to have been born or lived in Longreach include former Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce, comedian Carl Barron and rugby league footballer Matthew Scott.
Longreach is also the home of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame – officially opened in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II, and home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which includes amongst its displays a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747-200 aircraft and Qantas’s first jet aircraft VH-XBA, a boeing 707.
The town was gazetted in 1887 – named after the “long reach” of the Thomson River, on which it is situated.