Welcome to Ilfracombe -
the heart of the outback!
Ilfracombe is a strong community that unites when things get tough, and welcome you into their town with open arms.
Yes, Ilfracombe is fondly remembered by most people as the town with the Machinery Mile! And as you look through this site, you'll see, Ilfracombe is known for much more than that!
Ilfracombe (pronounced; Ill - fra - comb) is located in the heart of Queensland, Australia, between Longreach and Barcaldine, but was actually named after a small Devonshire town in England, originating in 1891 as a transport hub for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time
(in terms of stock numbers).
The town had three hotels with plenty of accommodation, each with its own dance hall, two general stores, a billiard saloon, a coach builder, a soft drink maker, a couple of butchers, a baker, dressmaker, three commission agents, and a saddler.
Today there are just over 360 people living in the Ilfracombe region which covers an area of 6,500 square kilometres. The shire claimed the record of the largest mob of sheep ever moved as a single flock in 1886. 43,000 sheep were moved through the area by a droving team of 27 horsemen, not including the cooks, blacksmiths and hands needed to accompany the drovers.
Long before the railway reached its way to Ilfracombe, wool transport consisted of giant wool laden wagons drawn by up to 30 horses, taking three months to carry the load of wool over the 650 kilometres to the nearest port, which then was Rockhampton.
It is unlikely that any other Australian town could boast such a brilliant display of historical machinery, as does Ilfracombe. Not only that, but it's all on public show, with antique machinery and farm equipment lining the entry road to the town.
Nowadays Ilfracombe is a small western Queensland township
surrounded by large grazing properties, located 27 kilometres east of Longreach and 80 kilometres west of Barcaldine.
It is home to the popular Wellshot Hotel, Ilfracombe Caravan Park, Ilfracombe Artesian Spa, a very large local swimming pool, Historical Machinery Museum - otherwise known as The Machinery Mile, Ilfracombe General Store & Cafe, Ilfracombe Post Office, Council Chambers, State Primary School, Police Station, Ilfracombe Motors, Ilfracombe Garden Nursery and a host of other businesses. It's actually a great place to raise children. There are a variety of houses and land for sale at reasonable prices with everything you need close at hand.
Temperatures for Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe has hot but not unbearable summer
temperatures. The summer high temperature for Ilfracombe
is approximately 42 °c.
The summer low temperature is approximately 22 °c.
Ilfracombe has beautiful warm winter days and cold winter nights. The winter high temperature for Ilfracombe is approximately 24 °c.
The winter low temperature is approximately 8 °c.
Please keep in mind that the temperatures out here are nothing like the humidity laden coastal towns that most people hate to visit in mid summer. Out here, you can travel in comfort all year round.
Remember - the temperature range may be higher in the Outback, but it's actually cooler than the coastal regions where the humidity is higher!
Budgets are gradually getting tighter, so why not come out and use Ilfracombe as your base camp making the most of the cheaper accommodation, friendly hosts and nightly activities, staying at either the Ilfracombe Caravan Park or The Wellshot Hotel, then head off on your day trips to Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton etc. This way, you only have the lesser cost of using your vehicle (not towing vans), and you also have the same comfortable place to 'come home to' each afternoon.
What are you waiting for???
Come on out to Ilfracombe and enjoy your holiday!!
News and videos
Queensland Weekender came out for a visit for television.....well, why not watch it for yourself.