Thomson River is called after the "long range" of the Thomson River on which it lies. It was inaugurated in 1887, and the railroad arrived in 1892, increasing its number.
This is the headquarters of the Longreach Regional Council, founded in 2008 as a union of the former counties of Longreach, Ilfracombe and Isisford. It is situated at the Tropic of Capricorn. Some cities in Queensland have given their roads a name. Longreach's roads are called after birdlife, with east-west roads for waterfowl and north-south roads for landfowl.
Others honor Hudson Fysh, an pioneering Austrian airman, and Sir James Walker, a peasant and long-time Lord Major of the former Longreach Shire Council. Remarkable Australians who were either native or resident in Longreach are former Governor General Quentin Bryce, legendary guitar player Lobby Loyde of Purple Hearts and Coloured Balls, amateur Carl Barron and footballer Matthew Scott.
Qantas, the second oldest carrier in the word, started operations in Longreach - from this facility - today part of the Qantas Founders Museum. The Longreach is home to Australia's Stockman's Hall of Fame, which was formally opened in 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. It is designed to present the story and civilization of living in the countryside of Australia.
The Longreach company was one of the business incubators of Qantas, the Australia's national and multinational carrier. The company's first hangar will remain in operation at Longreach Airport and is on the National Heritage List. Today, the city is home to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which features a disused Qantas Boeing 747-200, the registry VH-EBQ, The City of Bunbury and Qantas' first VH-XBA (formerly VH-EBA) jets, a Boeing 707, The City of Canberra, among others.
Recognizing the city's place in the company's past and a game on the aircraft's expanded reach, all Qantas Boeing 747-400s have imprinted "Longreach" on both sides of the first passenger door. In the city is the Longreach Campus of the Australian Agriculture College, which is preparing our college members to work in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Formerly known as Longreach Pastoral College. Bordering the school is the Longreach School of Distance Education, which offers distance learning for distance learning to distance learning learners, formerly via RF radios but now via phone line. The city' s shops offer IGA, Foodworks and Prices Plus. Longreach Leader is a monthly publication.
13 ] The Longreach area is also serviced by several local broadcasters, such as ABC Western Queensland and the 4LG and West FM channels. Long-reach has a number of protected monuments, including: