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By Car

From Brisbane, Longreach is 1,286km (804 miles) northwest. Take the Warrego Highway west through Toowoomba and Roma, heading toward Charleville. About 90km (56 miles) before Charleville, head north to Augathella and join the Matilda Highway. From there it is about 320km (200 miles) to Barcaldine, and from there another 108km (67 miles) west to Longreach. From Rockhampton, the Capricorn Highway heads west through Emerald and Alpha for about 590km (369 miles) then joins the Matilda Highway.

By Plane

Qantaslink (tel. 13 13 13 in Australia; www.qantas.com.au) flies into Longreach Airport from Brisbane daily.

By Train

Queensland Rail Traveltrain (tel. 1800/872 467;www.queenslandrail.com.au) runs the train Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach via Rockhampton every Tuesday at 6:25pm and Saturday at 1:10pm, returning on Thursday and Monday. It's A$189 for a seat from Brisbane or A$249 to A$385 for a sleeper. Alternatively, you can join the train at Rockhampton on Wednesday or Sunday. The trip takes about 25 hours from Brisbane, or 14 hours from Rockhampton.

By Bus

Greyhound Australia (tel. 1300/473 946) runs between Brisbane and Longreach daily. The trip takes nearly 18 hours and costs A$156.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.