This morning we are heading to Balcaldine with a morning tea break at Longreach then a stop to check out Ilfracombe. The livestock we are seeing grazing in the paddock are looking to be in much better condition on this leg of the trip. Greg is calling this part of the road splat highway. We are seeing a variety of animals along side of the road and have just missed hitting a sheep.
Longreach lies on the Tropic of Capricorn with a population of 2,976 (by 2006 census).The main industries of the area are cattle, sheep, and, more recently, tourism. The town is home to the Australian Agricultural College's Longreach Campus, which prepares students for work in the agricultural and pastoral industries. It was known previously as the Longreach Pastoral College. The campus was opened in 1967. Adjacent to the college is the Longreach School of Distance Education, which provides lessons to remote students, formerly by UHF radio but now using telephone lines.
Ilfracombe serves many large sheep and cattle stations and has a population of 190 living in town. Ideally situated in the middle of the central west, Ilfracombe offers easy access to many centres of interest while maintaining small town charm and laid back lifestyle.
It may be of interest that Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce the Governor-General of Australia grew up in Ilfracombe which still holds a special place in her heart.