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Longreach Airport

Longreach Airport Operator: Longreach Shire Council

PO Box 472
Longreach QLD 4730

Phone: +61 7 46584111

Fax: +61 7 46584116

Longreach is located 1205km north west of Brisbane on the Landsborough (Matilda) Highway and 689km west of Rockhampton on the Tropic of Capricorn. The Stockman's Hall of Fame (pictured) and Outback Heritage Centre is leading the way in this regard with a number of other increasingly popular attractions such as the Qantas Founders Outback Museum.

Longreach Airport Longreach was one of the founding centres for the Australian domestic and international airline, Qantas. One of the airlines original hangars remains in use at the Longreach Airport. The town is now the home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which includes amongst its displays a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747 aircraft, VH-EBQ, "The City of Bunbury".

Longreach Airport is situated in rural Queensland, Australia.

Longreach Airport Longreach has played a major part in Australian aviation from 1919 onwards. In August of that year, a small party left the town to travel overland to survey a route suitable for competitors in the first air race to leave England enroute to Australia. The travellers included Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, two pilots who had both been trained in the Australian Flying Corps during the First World War. In December 1919, a Vickers Vimy landed, piloted by Ross and Keith Smith, who were enroute to Melbourne after completing the first flight from England to Australia. They were the first to use the air route pioneered by Fysh and McGinness.
The first overland flight across the Australian continent from Melbourne to Darwin passed through the airport in 1919. This flight was undertaken by Captain H.N. Wrigley and Sergeant A.W. Murphy,flying a BE2.
In 1920, the first single engine aircraft to complete the flight from England to Australia arrived. The aircraft was a de Havilland DH9, piloted by Ray Parer and John McIntosh.
In late 1920, the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service was founded. Although founded in Winton, the first operational base for the airline, later to be known as QANTAS, was Longreach. Principal among the pioneers of the airline were Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, who had seen the opportunities aviation had presented to remote Australia during their survey the previous year. One of the original Qantas hangars survives at the airport to this day.
Charles Kingsford Smith arrived in 1927, during a flight around the continent. His aircraft on this occasion was a Bristol Tourer
In 1941, the Department of Civil Aviation established the Longreach Aeradio station at the airport. This unit enabled air ground communication with the increasing number of radio equipped aircraft operating throughout the country.
During the Second World War, Longreach airport became, for a short time in 1942, a base for American B-17 bomber aircraft. The airport was upgraded to cater for the additional weight of these aircraft. In May, these aircraft were flown from the town to engage the enemy in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Used shell casings from the guns of these aircraft can still be found adjacent to the runways. By this stage, the airport had three operational runways.
At one time in the 1960s, Longreach airport was one of the busiest inland airports in Australia. However, with drought and the general downturn of the rural economy throughout the country, air traffic declined.
In 1990, the Department of Aviation closed the Longreach Flight Service Unit, the descendant of the Aeradio station opened in 1941. The airport was transferred to the ownership of the Longreach Shire Council shortly thereafter. Two runways remain at the airport: a fully sealed all weather runway, and a shorter partly sealed runway.
In 2003, Qantas returned to the town, with a Boeing 747 aircraft flown into the town for static display at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which is also sited at the airport.

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General Info
Country Australia
Time UTC+10
Latitude -23.434167
23° 26' 03.00" S
Longitude 144.280278
144° 16' 49.00" E
Elevation 627 feet
191 meters
Magnetic Variation 008° E (01/04)
Beacon Yes

MTAF 126.7
Communications Remarks  
CTAF Nstd to 5700', excluding R608.
FSS (on gnd)

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 6352 x 98 feet
1936 x 30 meters
09/27 2953 x 59 feet
900 x 18 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR LRE LONGREACH - 117.9 At Field -
NDB LRE LONGREACH - 353 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-117, 1100, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

CAUTION Bird and animal haz.
FUEL Avbl 2100-0700Z Mon-Fri OT PN, fone C07-4658-1520. (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PPR fone 07 4658 4111. ACTIVATE-Rwy 04-22-125.3. SR-SS PAL only activates PAPI.Portable lgt emerg only.
MISC Rwy 09-27 600' asphalt W end. Ldg fees.
OIL O-117.

Runway 04/22

6352 x 98 feet
1936 x 30 meters

Runway 04
True Heading 047.0
Latitude -23.437989
23° 26' 16.76" S
Longitude 144.270675
144° 16' 14.43" E
Elevation 626.0 feet
191 meters
Slope 0.0°
Landing Distance 6352 feet
1936 meters
Takeoff Distance 6352 feet
1936 meters
Lighting System PCL

Runway 22
True Heading 227.0
Latitude -23.425978
23° 25' 33.52" S
Longitude 144.284417
144° 17' 03.90" E
Elevation 623.0 feet
190 meters
Slope 0.0°
Landing Distance 6352 feet
1936 meters
Takeoff Distance 6352 feet
1936 meters
Lighting System PCL

Runway 09/27

2953 x 59 feet
900 x 18 meters

Runway 09
Surface GRAVEL.
True Heading 093.0
Latitude -23.437597
23° 26' 15.35" S
Longitude 144.270439
144° 16' 13.58" E
Elevation 624.0 feet
190 meters
Landing Distance 2953 feet
900 meters
Takeoff Distance 2953 feet
900 meters

Runway 27
Surface GRAVEL.
True Heading 273.0
Latitude -23.438022
23° 26' 16.88" S
Longitude 144.279233
144° 16' 45.24" E
Elevation 625.0 feet
191 meters
Landing Distance 2953 feet
900 meters
Takeoff Distance 2953 feet
900 meters


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB LRE - 353 Australia -
Latitude Longitude Airport
23° 25' 42.00" S
144° 17' 21.00" E

Type ID Channel Freq Country State
VOR LRE - 117.9 Australia -
Latitude Longitude Airport
23° 25' 28.00" S
144° 16' 56.00" E

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