- Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre
- Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery
- Emerald Art Gallery
- Grassland Art Gallery
- Longreach Powerhouse Museum
- Qantas Founders Museum
- Qantilda Museum, Waltzing Matilda Centre
- Ram Park
The 2013 Standards Review Program had nine organisations from Western Queensland sign up. The participating museums and galleries worked through the year-long program which assisted them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is an excellent museum and cultural facility located in Longreach, western Queensland. Welcomed by the impressive bronze statue of the ringer, symbolic of rural heritage, the visitor is taken on a journey into the heart of Australia: ‘A vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended and the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars’.
The five high quality displays provide an insight into Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, the early exploration and rural expansion, the pioneering settlers and their hardships, the development of the great pastoral empires and how the marvellous Royal Flying Doctor Service overcame isolation. For the urban visitor it opens a fabulous window into a significant Australian story.
Address: Landsborough Highway
Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery
The Bauhinia Bicentennial Art Gallery and Library at Springsure was built in 1988 by the former Bauhinia Shire Council and is well positioned for locals and tourists in the main street. For 25 years the art gallery has been an inviting community meeting place for cultural and arts events, becoming a cultural icon and focal point for the district.
The art gallery sits within a multi-purpose space incorporating the public library and local heritage collection. The gallery provides an attractive and well-designed venue for local and touring exhibitions. The annual exhibition program includes shows by individual artists, art groups, school groups, and annual competitions.
The gallery manages two important collections: artists’ works from the Springsure and Rolleston districts and a local heritage collection of photographs and documents from the 1860s.
Address: 27 Eclipse Street, Springsure
Emerald Art Gallery
Emerald Art Gallery provides the local community with a high profile exhibition space, located in the Central Highlands Regional Council offices in Emerald. The gallery is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers who promote art in the community through programs including exhibitions, floor talks, visiting artists, openings, competitions and workshops.
The exhibition space is large and bright with impressive hanging space and regularly shows paintings, photography and sculpture. The purpose of the gallery is to encourage, stimulate and promote local and regional cultural and artistic activities through an active and diverse exhibition program made up of touring shows and local artists.
The Emerald art collection was established as early as 1970 and has steadily grown through an annual acquisitive art award. The collection consists predominantly of oil or acrylic painting on canvas. The Emerald Art Award, the gallery’s premier art event, attracts local and interstate artists and is held annually in November.
Address: 65 Egerton Street, Emerald
Grassland Art Gallery
The Grassland Art Gallery is a public exhibition space located centrally in Tambo and is free to visit. The front façade of the building references an historical shop that occupied this site in earlier times.
The Gallery is the only Council-supported, purpose-built, climate-controlled facility within a 300km radius, extending from Longreach to Roma.
The Grassland Art Gallery has a contemporary cool and inviting exhibition area that has a running space of 40 metres. It has a rotating exhibition program of locally produced and curated displays, regional artists and touring exhibitions.
The Gallery offers a large community workshop and meeting space that is well equipped for a range of events and activities. It is the cultural hub that also connects and interacts closely with the historical precinct in presenting Tambo’s rich cultural heritage. A relaxing courtyard connects the Gallery and workshop spaces.
Address: 30 Arthur St, Tambo
Longreach Powerhouse Museum
A hidden gem, the Longreach Powerhouse Museum boasts a state-registered heritage complex that showcases the rare technology of gas-fired electrical generation.
Visit the well-preserved generation buildings to see the gas-producers, eight enormous generators from different periods, and explore the plant as it was on the last day of operation. Look out for the quirky details – the works siren, the Shift Manager’s “office” or the only 1600 class Diesel locomotive on display in Queensland.
Address: 12 Swan Street, Longreach
Qantas Founders Museum
Qantas Founders Museum is located in Longreach, Queensland. It is a not for profit organisation which tells the story of how Australia’s national airline, Qantas Airways, began in Western Queensland in 1920. The museum has a variety of exhibits, interactive displays, artefacts and aircraft including a Boeing 747, Boeing 707 and DC3.
Address: Longreach Aerodrome, 1 Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach
Qantilda Museum, Waltzing Matilda Centre
A visit to the Qantilda Museum is the essential Winton experience.
Operating since 1972, Qantilda is now part of the Waltzing Matilda Centre complex, showcasing an extensive and diverse collection drawn almost exclusively from the Winton region.
Visitors experience The Qantilda Room where you:
-Follow Winton’s timeline from 60,000 years ago to the present day.
-Discover the rich pastoral history of the region and why Winton is where it is.
-Learn about Winton’s role in the birth of Qantas.
-Be moved by the rich WWI and WWII history.
-Meet some amazing women of the outback.
The Qantilda Room also has a popular Reading Room and family history section that offers a copying service for a small fee.
From the Qantilda Room, visitors can continue to explore:
-The Banjo Paterson Room showing temporary and touring exhibitions
-The treasure trove of history within Christina Macpherson Cottage
-Tools for working the land in the Machinery Shed and Vehicle Shed
-How Winton rode ‘the sheep’s back’ in the Shearing Shed
-A BB 18. Class Steam Locomotive resting at the original Chorregon Station.
Visitors can finish their journey with a stop at the Coolibah Café and the Station Store.
Address: Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie St, Winton
Ram Park is an historical complex located in the main street of Blackall which hosts a number of relocated buildings, important to the region, including Navena Homestead, Yalleroi Railway Station and the Yalleroi School. Also set in the relaxing surrounds of the complex is the Blackall Visitor Information Centre housed in the historic Blackall Railway Station.
Take a step back in time and visit the Navena Homestead complete with personal objects used by the McLean family during the operation of their extensive property. Relocating buildings is a long established Queensland tradition. In the 1900’s, the McLean family relocated the homestead in four parts from Mount Morgan to Blackall by bullock wagon over a distance of 615 kilometres. It was relocated again to the museum complex in the 1990’s.
Address: 145a Shamrock St, Blackall