- 16 May 2017
Year 6’s Longreach Explorer Safari 2017 was an amazing “Taste and See” of what Western Queensland has to offer. It was a trip that showed country Queensland’s commitment to remembering our Colonial history and its commitment to modern day scientific enquiry. We saw the colours of planet Jupiter, star clusters and moon craters at Charleville Cosmos Centre Observatory through their very strong telescopes. At Longreach we walked through a Qantas plane and saw, first hand, the birthplace of our great National Air Carrier. We heard about how students are educated through the School of the Air from its Principal, and were also entertained at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame Show by a stockman who showed us the important relationship between a stockman and his horses and dogs. Near Winton we toured the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and saw millions of years old dinosaur fossils laid out on shelving waiting for scientists to clean, examine and classify them. We saw people delicately cleaning these amazing fossils with high tech machines. A stage coach ride was a highlight at Longreach, being pulled by 5 horses through Longreach streets then onto a dirt track where horses galloped at a fast pace, giving us the experience of the not-so-comfortable 19th and early 20th century travel.