We're getting through and enjoying every minute of our journey
who are we?
not just the machinery mile
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!
the way it was
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, only one hotel remains out of all those.
population today & droving
transport of wool prior to the railway
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 back then was Rockhampton.
An Idea is Born in the machinery mile
where are we?
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, making it an ideal home base while you go exploring the rest of the region by car.
what's here now?
when to travel
Unlike the coastal areas, the Outback does get hot in summer but doesn't get the humidity, making it comfortable to travel all year round. Winter time you'll need jeans and jumpers to keep warm.
The summer high temperature is approximately 42 °c.
The summer low temperature is approximately 22 °c.
The winter high temperature is approximately 24 °c.
The winter low temperature is approximately 8 °c.
We've been through severe drought and then floods but we're still standing tall and doing business.
Help show your support by coming out and staying spending a few days or a few weeks and find out all the secret things to do in the area.
We'd like to thank everyone that has opened up their hearts to help us with hay for the animals through the Burrumbateman Run and for assistance with getting food and supplies in when we were flooded in.