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Longreach School of Distance Education

Longreach, Longreach Area

Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE), or Longreach School of the Air, acts as the heartbeat of education for almost 200 students spread throughout Central West Queensland and beyond. LSODE caters for the education of isolated students in an area 402,712 square kilometres.

They invite you along to experience a 'totally different' way of schooling, to walk in the footsteps of a student or teacher at the LSODE. The classroom and the playground are twice the size of Victoria!

Guided tours are offered twice daily at 9.00am and 10.30am, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and during the Christmas holidays). Bookings are necessary for large groups.

Depending on class times visitors may be able to observe and listen to an on-air lesson during the tour. The staff at the school are proud in the knowledge that they are nurturing bright, young and industrious rural Australians. As the LSODE motto indicates "Effort Conquers Distance!"

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $10.00 30 November 2013 – 30 December 2014
Child $5.00 30 November 2013 – 30 December 2014
Concession $8.00 30 November 2013 – 30 December 2014 Pensioners
Family $25.00 30 November 2013 – 30 December 2014
Group $8.00 30 November 2013 – 30 December 2014 Price per person for groups of 20 or more adults. (AUD4 per child). Bookings are essential.
Student $5.00 30 November 2013 – 30 December 2014 School age.

Open Times

Guided tours at 0900 and 1030 Monday to Friday for approximately 1.5hours. From February to December. Closed public holidays and Christmas school holidays.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Tour Desk

Other Information

Accessibility:

There is access for persons with a disability.

Children:

Children are welcome to join the tours.
Sir James Walker Drive
Longreach, Longreach Area
Queensland
Australia

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Iningai Nature Reserve

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Iningai Nature Reserve is named after the Inangai, the traditional owners who lived along the Thomson River prior to European settlement. It is currently a reserve and the town common. You'll find bushwalking tracks leading from just south of town where car parking is available. The many different walks and loops make an enjoyable expedition and showcase much of the local flora and fauna.

Forest Den National Park

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Mitchell grass plains and gidgee woodlands are protected in this remote park in the Torrens Creek catchment in central-western Queensland. Forest Den National Park's semi-permanent waterholes along Torrens and Paradise Creeks provide a refuge for travellers and wildlife alike. This 5890 hectare park conserves a wide diversity of plants, some unique to this reserve within the region. Although used as grazing land for more than 100 years, little remains of this era apart from a few pastoral relics—fences, gateways and a derelict round timber bridge over Torrens Creek. Enjoy birdwatching in the cooler hours of dusk and dawn. Whistling kites, brown falcons, and waterbirds including white ibis, royal spoonbills, darters, Pacific herons, egrets and rufus-throated honeyeaters nest by the waterholes. Picnic on the banks of Torrens Creek or camp at Four Mile Waterhole. No facilities are provided. Camping fees apply.

Moorrinya National Park

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
This remote park has dry, flat plains criss-crossed by watercourses and covered in open eucalypt, paperbark and acacia woodlands and grasslands. Moorrinya is a wildlife refuge, protecting Australian icons such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and dingoes, as well as rare and threatened species such as the square-tailed kite, squatter pigeon and Julia Creek dunnart. Located in the heart of the Desert Uplands, Moorrinya National Park, initially established as the sheep grazing property, Shirley Station, today protects 18 land types in the Lake Eyre Basin, one of Australia's most important catchments. Set up camp near the old Shirley shearing shed. Much of the sheep station infrastructure, dating back to the late 1940s, remains as a reminder of the spirit and hard work of the people who lived in this remote part of Queensland. Take a short stroll on the Bullock Creek walk from the camping area to the creek and look for native fish and waterbirds. Enjoy birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Ride mountain bikes and trail bikes and drive four-wheel-drives on Moorinya's internal roads and firebreaks.

Langlo - Adavale Road

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Rather than taking the Matilda Highway, this track is a great alternative to see more of Queensland's Outback as you travel between Tambo and Blackall the Langlo - Adavale Road. The drive presents great views of beautiful outback landscapes. You will see native wildlife and livestock as you pass through a number of stations. Take care as the track is not fenced and the livestock roam freely. The Langlo - Adavale Road is approximately 200 kilometres and will take approximately one day to complete. You will need a four wheel drive to complete this track and it can become impassable in the wet.

Kooroorinya Falls Nature Reserve

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Kooroorinya Falls is a natural waterhole surrounded by high rock walls on one side and sandy, shaded banks on the other. Visitors can go swimming, fishing, birdwatching or just take a walk. There is a creek with plenty of water and spectacular falls during the wetter months. The Kooroorinya site offers camping grounds, cold showers and toilet facilities. The Kooroorinya Races are held each year. The meeting is run over three days and is a great family occasion. In years gone by, this prestigious event was by invitation only, with Fashions Of The Field, dancing and country cooking. Now the invitation to the Kooroorinya Races extends to everyone, run by the Oakley Amateur Picnic Race Club. It is important to check road conditions before travelling during wet weather and to always carry plenty of water.

Welford National Park

Jundah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
In Welford National Park, wind-blown sand dunes form a dramatic contrast to white-barked ghost gums, golden-green spinifex and delicate wildflowers. The Barcoo River, with its large permanent waterholes, dissects Mitchell grass plains and arid mulga woodlands. Remnants of Aboriginal heritage and use, including water wells and stone arrangements, are found throughout the park. A rare pise (rammed earth) homestead, built on this former grazing property in 1882, is now staff quarters. Watch wildlife, including colourful Major Mitchell cockatoos, mallee ringnecks and red-winged parrots. Red and grey kangaroos and wallaroos are a common sight at Welford. Drive the self-guided scenic tracks around the park. Go fishing (size and big limits apply). Enjoy bush camping at Little Boomerang or Trafalgar waterholes, on the Barcoo River. Camping fees apply.

Idalia National Park Road

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Drive through beautiful country landscape as you make your way along this track from Blackall to Idalia National Park. This national park protects an area with a great variety of vegetation, wildlife and birdlife. Follow the scenic drives or explore further into the park by leaving the car behind to go bushwalking or birdwatching. The Idalia National Park Road is approximately 99 kilometres long and should take one day to complete. Four wheel drives are requested as most of the route is unsealed and can become impassable after rain.

John Egan Pioneer Track

Stonehenge, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
The John Egan Pioneer Track highlights the ecological and cultural values of the Stonehenge town reserve. The track passes through downs country, scenic hill view country, spectacular erosions and rocky outcrops, natural springs and waterfalls (in wet seasons). Take in the views from lookouts along the escarpment. Rock holes shaded by ghostly white gum trees are the perfect place to cool off and enjoy the isolation. The John Egan Pioneer Track is a short eight kilometre track and should only take two hours to complete. The road is suitable for high clearance vehicles and caravans and camper trailers should be left at the start of the track.

Idalia National Park

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Amid the gorges and rocky formations of the Gowan Range tablelands, Idalia National Park protects extensive mulga woodlands, the Bulloo River's headwaters and threatened wildlife. Seven species of macropods, including yellow-footed rock-wallabies and endangered bridled nailtail wallabies live here. 15 native species of fuchsia grow here. Explore the park on the self-guided drive. Enjoy panoramic views from Emmet Pocket lookout. Murphy’s Rockhole, a shady gorge, is a good place for wildlife watching. Visit Old Idalia, an old mustering camp and stockyards. Walk to the wave-shaped cliff overhang. Bush camp at the peaceful Monk's Tank camping area, hidden in mulga woodlands. Camping fees apply. Go spotlighting. Photographers will delight in the vivid sunsets.
The Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, where over 3,300 dinosaur tracks mark the site of the only known dinosaur stampede on the planet. In a remarkable piece of scientific detective work, scientists from the Queensland Museum have pieced together a dramatic tale of hunter and hunted from the footprints left behind. About 95 million years ago a herd of over 300 dinosaurs, some as small as chickens (called Coelursaurs) and some about the size of an emus (called Ornithopods) were drinking on the muddy shore of a lake. The herd panicked and started a mad dash to escape when a large meat-eating dinosaur appeared close by. The stampede was recorded in the mud, preserved by the natural environment, and immortalised in stone. Preserved inside a modern building, this amazing Dinosaur Stampede is accessible to everyone at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The starkly beautiful red earth and spinifex-studded landscape is a dramatic contrast to the moist green world that existed at the time of the dinosaurs.
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