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Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation
Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation
Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation
Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation
Map of Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation
Main Avenue
Queensland 4727 Australia

Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation
Ilfracombe, Central West

Free Entry

07 4658 1553


A wonderful display of machinery, some of it very rare and almost all collected within 100 miles of the town, can be seen at The Ilfracombe Historical Society Incorporation. The display is free of charge, with a donation box located on premises if you feel generous.

The town is 27 kilometres east of Longreach in Central West Queensland, located on the Matilda Highway. Accessible by road from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Mount Isa.

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Visitors can expect to see many forms of old machinery, including a 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor (only two more of this model left in the world), Steam Devil, a big Excavator driven by three horse powered steam engine, which runs along one railway line. Made in 1880 and sold in 1882, it would be safe to say this excavator is the only remaining one of its kind. There's also a 12 tonne Stuart Tank that has been converted to a dozer; the first series grader made by Caterpillar in 1935, an early 1900 Lacre Light Truck, and a 1914 Republic Truck.

There are numerous other items, including stationary engines all painted, standing on cement and marked with all previous history attached.

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Property Details


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open most days between 0900 and 1600. Information Centre is open April through to October, however displays are open all year through.

Other Information

Ramp access to Oakhampton Cottage. The machinery display is located on ground level and allows access for wheelchairs.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Pets are allowed.

General Comments

Whilst visiting why not take the time to write your comments in the visitor book and browse through the arts and craft cottage or museum cottage.

How To Get There

This attraction is the centre of the township of Ilfracombe and is displayed beside the Highway from one end of the town to the other.

Free Entry

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