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Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, Queensland

1, Sir Hudson Fysh Dr, Longreach, Queensland 4730

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(07) 4658 3737




Work hours

MO 09:00 – 17:00 SA 09:00 – 17:00
TU 09:00 – 17:00 SU 09:00 – 17:00
WE 09:00 – 17:00
TH 09:00 – 17:00
FR 09:00 – 17:00


Welcome to the story of Qantas.
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The museum is dedicated to the story of Qantas and is an Australia wide community and volunteer project entirely funded by public support and donations.


Museum Admission:
The Museum tells the story of the Founders of Qantas, with displays focusing on each of the key figures:

• Paul McGinness
• Hudson Fysh
• Fergus McMaster
• Arthur Baird

The Museum also lends some context to the story with displays that expand on what life was like in 1920s Queensland. Combining easy to read displays, oral history, genuine artifacts and multimedia exhibits, the Museum, encompassing the Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar, offers the visitor a definitive historical experience of Qantas’ heritage.

Your admission to the Museum gets you access to our main exhibition hall, the DC-3 Airliner and the Heritage Listed Original Qantas Hangar containing the DH-50 and DH-61 Aircraft. Access to the 747,707 and Catalina aircraft is limited to participants on one of our guided tours only.

Jet Tour:
The Jet Tour is a 90 minute (1.5hrs) extravaganza that takes you behind the scenes on our two jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 and 707. You’ll also take in our Catalina Flying Boat and hear how it conquered the Indian Ocean.

The Tour begins at the 747 with a walk-around inside and out showing you such features as the Lavatory Service Hatch, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, Flight Recorders (The Black Box) and many other systems, all explained in layman’s terms by our experienced tour guides. Outside, you’ll discover the secrets of the engines, undercarriage and wings, inside, you’ll learn how to “arm the doors”, sit in the first class cabin, check out the top deck and have a peek at the flight deck and crew rest area.

Our 707 is an aircraft like no other. Learn about its unique history as the first Boeing airliner sold outside of the United States, it’s first days with Qantas, it’s conversion to a luxury charter jet to the rich and famous and it’s time as the personal jet of a Saudi Prince. Still sporting the luxury interior, you get to see how the other half lived; checking out the fine timber, crystal, and gold plated fittings. The aircraft is one o


Silver - Major Tourist Attraction - 2015 and 2014 QLD Tourism Awards

Bronze - Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - 2015 QLD Tourism Awards

Silver - Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - 2014 QLD Tourism Awards

Winner - Major Tourist Attraction - 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards

Winner Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services - 2013, 2014 and 2015 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards

Highly Commended - "Heritage & Cultural" 2012 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards

Finalist - "Major Tourist Attraction" 2011 and 2012 QLD Tourism Awards


The Museum opened in 1996 in the original 1922 Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar. Stage Two was opened in 2002.


A unique feature of the Qantas Founders Museum is the opportunity to tour a fully-fitted Boeing 747 'Jumbo' jet and a Boeing 707. Guided tours of these amazing aricraft operate daily and with some wall and floor panels removed the Boeing 747 tour gives a unique insight into the secrets of these magnificent aircraft. A specialised 'WingWalk' tour of the Boeing 747 explores the computer systems, flight controls, cockpit, cargo holds and the opportunity to get out onto the wing and experience the full majesty of this aircraft. Longreach is the only place in the world where visitors can enjoy this experience.
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