A real gem in heart of Queensland

by Grantlee Kieza 16th of December, 2021

A real gem in heart of Queensland
Saltbush Retreat

Longreach is home to two of Australia’s most iconic travel destinations and an accommodation goldmine that produces $1.65m profit a year.

The Saltbush Retreat is a unique property, taking its cue from the nearby Stockman’s Hall of Fame by blending the rustic-style accommodation of Queensland’s outback pioneers with the luxury features of modern travel.

The property, which is close to Longreach Airport, receives rave reviews from guests and from national and international publications.

Saltbush Retreat
Saltbush Retreat

 

There are 44 keys, made up of huts, cabins and self-contained units.

Marketing agent Trudy Crooks, from ResortBrokers, said even though the property was already enormously profitable there was room for expansion with another 30 keys.

“It’s an amazing property that is already providing great returns but with enormous potential for future growth,” Ms Crooks said.

“It’s an easy-to-run business and there are wonderful, experienced and highly motivated managers who would love to stay on and help with the transition.

Saltbush Retreat
Saltbush Retreat

 

“The Saltbush Retreat is a great investment. It’s perfectly located. It’s the closest property to the Qantas Museum and it’s just a really special place to visit. It’s quite iconic.”

The Saltbush Retreat freehold is on sale for $10 million.

Ms Crooks said the property was easy to run, with no restaurant. Recent refurbishments include new air-conditioning and hot water systems and fresh paintwork.

Saltbush Retreat
Saltbush Retreat

 

Longreach is in the centre of Queensland and at the heart of the pioneering beef and wool industries.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame there in 1988 as a way to showcase and celebrate the history and the culture of life in rural Australia and the importance to the national economy of the region’s vast sheep and cattle runs.

More than a million people have since passed through the museum’s glass doors.

Longreach is also home to the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which displays some of the most important aircraft in the development of Australia’s great airline.

The site of a huge red flying kangaroo on the tail of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, the tallest structure in Longreach, dazzles visitors from a distance when they approach the town by road.

Qantas was founded as a bush airline on 16 November 1920 in nearby Winton, and one of the airline's original hangars remains in use and is listed on the Australian National Heritage List.

As well as the Jumbo Jet the museum has biplane aircraft from the earliest days of Qantas’s business, and its first jet aircraft, a Boeing 707.

“Longreach is a very special town,” Ms Crooks said, “and it’s becoming more and more popular.

“The big attractions in town draw visitors from around the world to the centre of Queensland and the Saltbush Retreat is there to welcome them.”

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