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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Longreach

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Introduction

Colourful Dove, Longreach, Queensland

Colourful Dove, Longreach, Queensland

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Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia, 177 kilometres southeast of Winton.

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Sights and Activities

Stockman's Hall of Fame

Longreach is also the home of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, which was officially opened in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. The aim of the centre is to showcase the history and the culture of life in rural Australia. Since its opening, over 1 million people have passed through its doors.

Qantas Founders Outback Museum

Longreach was one of the founding centres for Qantas, the Australian domestic and international airline. One of the airline's original hangars remains in use at the Longreach Airport and is listed on the Australian National Heritage List. The town is now the home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which includes amongst its displays a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747-200 aircraft.

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Weather

Longreach has a hot climate with generally dry conditions from March until November, but somewhat wetter conditions from December to March, when nearly all of the annual 300-400 mm of rain falls. Temperatures range from around 24 °C during the day in June and July to 37 °C in December and January, with nights averaging between 7-8 °C and 22-23 °C respectively.

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Getting There

By Plane

Longreach Airport (LRE) has flights with Regional Express Lines to/from Longreach and Townsville.
Qantas Link flies to/from Barcaldine, Blackall and Brisbane.

By Train

The http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/RailServices/Travelnetwork/Pages/SpiritoftheOutback.aspx|Spirit of the Outback]] travels between Brisbane and Longreach.

By Car

Longreach is located along the A2 between Winton (2 hours) and Barcaldine (1 hour and 15 minutes).

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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