Qantas Founders Museum
Qantas Founders Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Qantas Founders Museum. We are an independent not-for-profit community organization and registered charity, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd. Go behind the scenes on this guided Airpark tour with local Longreach storytellers taking you back to Qantas’s founding in 1920, through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, replica aircraft and impressive collection of genuine artifacts. Be mesmerised when you climb aboard the inside of the four iconic aircraft located under the 8000m2 airpark roof, feel like a rock star touring the Boeing 707 – a private jet! Upgrade to First Class tour to walk on a 747 Wing and join the Luminescent Longreach Night experience light and sound show. Come along and visit Longreach, home for Australia’s most iconic airline known as ‘the spirit of Australia’ Qantas; right where it all began.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • ChrisTaylerDarwinNT
    Darwin, Australia613 contributions
    Wing walk
    Qantas wing walk longreach We attended an organised tour which was very interesting. Drew was the tour guide and was knowledgeable and had a few jokes that made it fun. We booked the additional tour of the wing walk. The group for that was for only 6 people and includes the museum. It was a busy time so we were pleased we booked as a lot of people we met couldn't get a tour as it was booked out. We had breakfast pre tour very good and again staff were good.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • TraceyC62
    Burpengary, Australia155 contributions
    Excellent day out.
    We did the premium economy tour and found it good value for money. Allow plenty of time to see the displays throughout the museum, between 2 to 4 hours. You can do the museum before and after your booked airpark tour, which we did.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Robert L
    Brisbane, Australia262 contributions
    History of Flight in Australia
    Basic tour is in large groups and sometimes you struggle to hear the information. A walktrough in 3 different planes, it is a step back through the history of passenger flight. We did the wing walk tour, which was great. Only 5 people, and consists of going up into the tower, sitting in the cockpit of the 747 and a walk out onto the wing of the 747. Well worth the extra dollars
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Bob
    Toowoomba, Australia11 contributions
    Visiting the QANTAS site at Longreach
    The founders museum was an interesting basic experience and not really aimed as as a family highlight and any amazement detracted from the exorbitant admission prices. The initial $33 included a walk around aircraft exhibits within two rooms, however, Tourists expect to walk amongst the aircraft that made the Australian Airline one of the best in the world and this attracted an additional cost which elevated tickets to in excess of $137 per adult. A disappointing experience given this airline is our National Carrier.
    Thank you for your review, we are always looking for ways to make the museum more affordable and will take your feedback forward. The museum is not owned or operated by Qantas and is funded through visitation and donations but striking a balance to ensure the museum remains operating and also remains budget friendly is a top priority behind the scenes.
    Written 24 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
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Melinda S
Gold Coast12 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Amazing piece of history.
We did all the tours available and loved every moment. The museum, the Light show and the Wingwalk were all memorable and time well spent. Thanks to Sarah and John for their informative tours.
Written 28 November 2023
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Karen M
1 contribution
Nov. 2023 • Family
This is an experience not to be missed. Bryce was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The whole museum is amazingly informative. Well worth the price of admission.
Written 18 November 2023
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Suzanne M
6 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
Wonderful museum plenty to see, lots of information & displays. full history of Qantas founders & the aviation industry of bygone days.
Written 13 November 2023
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peter
Adelaide, Australia10 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
The Qantas museum experience is outstanding, whether for aviation enthusiasts or simply for people interested in various dimensions of Australia's development. Our guide, John, was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, able to communicate information interestingly and in a positive manner. There are diverse displays and memorabilia and a great cafe as well. Though opening hours are shorter in summer, the museum is still open every day. Just look at their website. Overall, a great experience.
Written 13 November 2023
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Dave R
Bundaberg, Australia239 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Visited in the morning session, spent 3 hours wondering, learning, being informed. Great experience.
Written 22 October 2023
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Thank you for visiting our museum! We're glad you enjoyed your experience!
Written 25 October 2023
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len
Tea Gardens, Australia2 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
A great experience well worth the time spent there . We had John as our guide and he is outstanding, so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about aviation history. We spent 4 hours and could have stayed longer so allow plenty of time if you plan a visit
Written 21 October 2023
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Thank you for visiting our museum! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time here and we think John is amazing too! We'll pass your feedback on to him.
Written 25 October 2023
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Nathan K
Cairns, Australia22 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
This museum in Western Queensland gives am excellent insight into the pioneering spirit that made Qantas a much loved Australian company.

Started by a couple of blokes at a pub.

I am not a plane buff but I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

Our guide Hamish was really excellent and answered all of our questions.

If you have kids I would totally recommend this.
Written 21 September 2023
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Thank you so much for your feedback! We'll be sure to pass it along to Hamish!
Written 3 October 2023
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Eamon K
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Family
I have always wanted to visit the Qantas founders museum and today I finally did I had an awesome experience looking at the planes and I have always wanted to get up close to a 747 and today I accomplished that dream I got look inside and even go in the cockpit which was awesome aswell as walk on the wing we had an amazing tour guide, Hamish he was very knowledgeable and was friendly
Written 19 September 2023
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Thank you for visiting our museum! We're so glad to hear you had a great time! We'll pass your feedback on to Hamish too!
Written 25 October 2023
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Adam T
1 contribution
Aug. 2023 • Family
We went to the Qantas luminescent show. Was advised as per our itinerary the show begins at 6.30pm and to arrive 15 minutes early. That's what we did. We stood around while the host arrived at 6.30pm and completed his setup then let in what little people who'd done the right thing and arrived early. Then proceeded to hold up the show for all the dawdling late comers. So all in all we sat around for 45 minutes waiting (which is twice as long as the show) before it finally began at 7pm. If people can't show up on time, maybe show a little respect for the people who did and start the show without them. Very disappointing.
Written 18 September 2023
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Thank you for your review, we are very sorry to hear of your experience. In September our Light Show does start at 7pm and we do need to wait until that time to ensure no one misses the show. We apologise for any miscommunication regarding the starting time.
Written 25 October 2023
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Bob
Toowoomba, Australia11 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
The founders museum was an interesting basic experience and not really aimed as as a family highlight and any amazement detracted from the exorbitant admission prices.

The initial $33 included a walk around aircraft exhibits within two rooms, however,
Tourists expect to walk amongst the aircraft that made the Australian Airline one of the best in the world and this attracted an additional cost which elevated tickets to in excess of $137 per adult.

A disappointing experience given this airline is our National Carrier.
Written 18 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review, we are always looking for ways to make the museum more affordable and will take your feedback forward. The museum is not owned or operated by Qantas and is funded through visitation and donations but striking a balance to ensure the museum remains operating and also remains budget friendly is a top priority behind the scenes.
Written 25 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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