Back in Barcaldine we had sundowners with the couple in the caravan next door and visiting the various sites in Longreach and Winton entered the conversation. We had been thinking of booking a few days ahead but they mentioned that at least a week ahead would be wise due to the high numbers of caravanners and campers coming into west Queensland after attending the Birdsville Big Red Bash festival. So it was good thing I had booked an ensuite site at the Longreach Tourist Park. It was also a wise move to jump on the iPad that night and check out the websites for the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the QANTAS Founder’s Museum, both in Longreach. Otherwise we could have been twiddling our fingers, killing time in Longreach instead of seeing two of their best attractions. First up we organised tickets for the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
How to Make a Booking
For $35 Adult, $31.50 Concession, Children (5-12) $20 and Family (of 2 adults, 2 children) $100 you can visit the museum and gallery. However we would recommend spending the extra money and doing the The Stockman’s Experience Tour for the two big inclusions.
The current fees at the time of our visit for the Experience were – Adults $68, Concession $61.20, Children (5-12) $40 and Family (of 2 adults, 2 children) $195.
What is included in the The Stockman’s Experience Tour
We started in the Cinema where we watched the movie showcasing the role of stockmen and women in Australia’s early colonial history on a massive 16m screen. It was really well done.
Next we had about an hour’s free time time to spend in the museum and gallery section to look at displays of all things stockman and woman.
The third and most impressive part was the live outdoor arena show where we were entertained and informed by Lachie Cossor and his outback stockman show which included informative storytelling, singing, a live sheep muster, working dogs, horsemanship and general stockman activities. Unbelievable skill and super well trained dogs, horses, sheep and a brahmin bull. Here’s a few photos from the show, starting with Lachie’s impressive entry on one of his horses.
Next up will be our visit to the QANTAS Founder’s Museum.