L is for Longreach, Queensland, and in Tasmania: Liawenee and Longford

Continuing the A-Z of Australian country towns with attendant haiku, today is the letter L.

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Longreach lies on the Tropic of Capricorn and is located in western central Queensland. It is an agricultural hub for sheep and cattle producers but is also home to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame which recognises the contributions of pioneers and stockmen to the development of this part of Australia. Indigenous cattle workers are particularly recognised. Longreach is also home to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum which tells the story of the birth of Australia’s principal airline at Winton, about 175 kms away.

Wikipedia says that Liawenee’s name was derived from the word in the local Aboriginal language for ‘frigid’, and it is cold – even in high summer. Liawenee is a tiny town on the shores of Tasmania’s Great Lake, nestled amongst the mountains. As one can imagine, the scenery is stunning. Driving from the north along the Lake Highway, the first view of Great Lake is breathtaking – and it just gets better.

Just south of Launceston airport, Longford is situated on the Macquarie River. My husband loved the well appointed local hardware store! We took the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in the Gardener’s Cottage on the nearby historic Woolmers Estate.

Longreach icons praise
laconic Australians:
Stockmen and pioneers.

Frigid, to be sure –
Liawenee by Great Lake,
but fishing’s magic!

River fishing spot –
Longford, south of Launceston.
All we caught were eels!

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