Set beside the Thomson River about 4km from Longreach, this campground is more suited to the self-sufficient camper, with only a toilet block facility in the campground itself and no potable water or showers. These are available at the nearby picnic park however, so if you have them on-board or you don’t mind a short walk, using this site as a base to explore the area is a good option. The site itself is a fairly flat, open gravelled area, and in some spots a little levelling of the rig may be required. A small Fee is payable at the Visitor Information Centre for the unpowered sites, and water is available there as well.
The area is large enough for all sizes and types of vehicles, from trailers and caravans to big rigs and 5th wheelers, with plenty of space to manoeuvre. Check with the information centre regarding the state of the unsealed site if there has been any rain in the area too, as it can become quite boggy at times after heavy downfalls.
Once you’re settled in, the choice of activities and sights to see in the area is almost endless. Visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, take a Cobb & Co, stagecoach ride, visit the numerous museums and historical displays in and around town, or simply relax beside or on the waters of the Thomson River, fishing, skiing, swimming or kayaking. Access to the river, including a boat ramp, is nearby.
Winter season (April to October), is the busiest time of the year for visitors (and the coolest) with lots of tours and sights to see. During the Summer Season (November to March) some tours do not run as the temperatures soar up to the high 30’s or mid 40’s.
HOW TO GET THERE
4kms from Longreach CBD along the Longreach to Winton Landsborough Highway (A2), turn right and follow the sealed road to the River. The Apex Park is clearly signed but drop into the Longreach Visitor Information Centre (VIC) for a Map.
The Camping site is directly behind the Apex Picnic Park (gravelled are to the left when looking at the bridge) with an overflow area slightly back and to the right. The is a large camping sign marking the areas in green as well as maps available at the VIC.
FEES & BOOKINGS
Fee is $5/vehicle per night payable at the Visitors Information Centre in town.
THINGS TO DO
The Powerhouse Museum is heritage-listed and is the largest preserved rural generating facility in Australia. You can walk through giant engines and generators unchanged since they last ran in 1985.
Qantas Founders Outback Museum
Tours of the QANTAS jetliners are scheduled at different times each day and provide an inside glimpse at the many of the secrets of these great aircraft.
Australians Stockman’s Hall Of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre. With its unique design, the Hall of Fame stands comfortably amongst the rugged yet vibrant rural landscape. R.M. Williams was instrumental in getting the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre built some decades ago.
You may also add Outback Pioneers – Tours and Experiences to your calendar of activities – all about holidays and experiences that bring the pioneer past to life, packed with entertainment, adventure and excitement and are something you will always remember about outback Queensland.
Outback Aussie Tours
Longreach School Of The Air
Address & Contact
4.2km NW Longreach
Longreach Regional Council