The Western Central Queensland geographic area consists of Longreach, Barcaldine, Winton, Blackall, Alpha, Aramac, and some of the region’s most remote communities. We’ve compiled some information below to help you decide where you might like to teach in this part of the region.
Known as the heart of outback Queensland, Longreach is located 700 km inland from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Longreach is a true outback town, supported by the cattle, sheep and tourism industries. Getting there couldn’t be easier with access by rail, road or plane.
When you arrive in Longreach, you’ll notice the limitless horizons, clear skies, and lack of traffic and crowds. It truly is a fantastic place to be if you’re looking for a change of pace for the next step in your teaching career. One of the other drawcards for this outback town is the small, welcoming community where people look out for each other and are always happy to share a laugh with you.
Longreach is full of history and draws people from around the country to see the unique experiences on offer including the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, riding in a galloping Cobb and Co stagecoach, enjoying a river cruise, and exploring the Qantas Founders Museum. Having these experiences close-by provides countless opportunities for real-world learning for your students.
The Thomson and Barcoo Rivers flow through the region and are not only environmental habitats and town water sources but are used as recreation areas too. Both Longreach and nearby Isisford hold an annual fishing competition, which attracts anglers from across Australia, in search of the famous ‘Yellowbelly'.
There are three state schools in Longreach –
Longreach State School,
Longreach State High School and
Longreach School of Distance Education.
Longreach fun fact
The Longreach Regional Council covers an area of 40,638 square kilometres which equates to roughly the size of Denmark.