Discover the pioneering spirit in Longreach
In just over a decade, the Kinnon family has gone from Longreach graziers to award-winning operators of some of Outback Queensland’s most quintessential experiences.
What started as a way to diversify in times of drought soon became a passion for sharing the Outback heritage and lifestyle with visitors.
Outback Pioneers experiences have become a “must-do” in Longreach, complementing the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum to create a destination that draws visitors from all over Australia and the world.
The Outback Pioneers experiences include the Cobb & Co Stagecoach experience with a gallop along part of the old Longreach-Windorah mail route, the hilarious Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show, the Starlight’s Cruise Experience on the Thomson River, the Nogo Station Experience (including a safari aboard an open-topped, double decker bus), as well as a Winton Discovery Day Tour incorporating a visit to the new Waltzing Matilda Centre.
There’s entertainment, fun and plenty of insights from a family that is motivated by inspiring and educating, while preserving the real Australian outback.
The Kinnons’ unique blend of entertainment, education and passionate advocacy for the Outback has earnt Outback Pioneers prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards for Cultural Tourism in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Last year they were awarded a Hall of Fame accolade from TripAdvisor.
The hub of the Kinnon & Co and Outback Pioneers world is on Eagle St where The Station Store recreates an outback emporium – a treasure trove of Outback clothing, homewares, leatherware, haberdashery, local crafts and souvenirs.
Next door, at what was the Welcome Home Hotel, the Kinnons have restored the 1920s building to its past glory to house a booking office, a café and group rooms for functions.
On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, arguably the best meal in the west is served at the Stonegrill.
Simply choose your preferred meat and have it cooked at your table on a volcanic stone heated to 400C.
If you are thinking of a trip to Longreach this year, the 6-day, 5-night Unleash Longreach holiday includes all the experiences plus accommodation and many meals.
Book for the shoulder season months (April, May or October) and you’ll receive a $100 shopping voucher per person, redeemable at The Station Store.
Alternatively check out the Outback Pioneers saver passes for great value on the experiences.