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QANTAS Founders Museum, Longreach

(4.4/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Built around the original Qantas Airways hangar, QANTAS Founders Museum tells the story of Australia's airline. Its airplane collection includes the airline's first jet (a Boeing 707) and a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747. The 707 is the sister plane of another aircraft that is now owned and piloted by Qantas Ambassador John Travolta. A special tour allows you to explore the 747, including sitting in the pilot's seat and walking on a wing. Qantas was the only airline in the world to manufacture its own planes. There is also a life-size replica of an Avro 504K and a mint-condition DH-61. Put QANTAS Founders Museum into our Longreach trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We had 2 guides for our tour which you must do if visiting. Grant and his trainee (forget her name but she was amazing and didn't need Grant to supervise). The information about the 3 planes 747 707 a...  more »
  • Could have spent all day there. Guide that took us around plane was very knowledgeable. Museum well laid out  more »
  • Interesting facts about QANTAS and aircraft. Good meal facilities. Interesting rotation of aircraft within the museum above yoruj head.  more »
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  • Great history lesson. Give yourself 4 hours and watch some of the videos. The extra rate to walk into the jumbo is too high and very few were doing it. Spend some time finding out about the people behind the airline.
  • Great seeing the history of the airline and also the doing the Jet Tour too. Definitely one of the must do's if you are in Longreach. Our whole family enjoyed it!
  • Great educational experience about Australia's iconic airline. Well worth a visit.
  • When you here make sure you step into the plane engine for a photo! It is safe there are steps and platform. You can do it in only 2 places in the world. This is one of them. So cool!!!
  • The first thing I saw driving into Longreach was the Flying Kangaroo on the tail of the 747 standing high over the landscape. This is an important and world recognised part of our country and aviation history. There is a lot to see but for me the highlight was the Catalina and the story of the pilots who flew this aircraft such vast distances. It is perhaps not the most budget Museum in the outback but as I believe it is not funded it must be an expensive complex to maintain simply funded by tourism and worth the entry fee.