It began as an idea over a quiet sunset drink as they surveyed the surrounding Mitchell Grass plains… Tanya and David Neal have lived in Longreach since 2007, and from 2014 they have called their 60 acre property, just a few minutes’ drive from town, home. As the golden red hues changed to deep blue, they marvelled at the clarity of the outback sky at night. The stars were shining so brightly from the inky darkness; a sky free from the light pollution found in towns and cities. This is the outback they want to share with their visitors. It’s all about getting back to basics. They wanted to create an authentic outback experience that is low impact on the environment and blends seamlessly into the Mitchell Grass landscape. Glamping Tents ticked all the boxes for three key guest benefits; technology-detox, nature-based break and spending quality time with friends and families. Consider yourself invited!

row of glamping tents with sunset


Queensland’s Mitchell grasslands represent 19% of the state’s native pasture area – some 33,800,000 ha – supporting approximately 15% of the cattle herd and more than 40% of the Merino sheep flock in Queensland. Between 2500-3000 people depend on employment generated by the production of beef, sheep meat and wool based on Mitchell grass country.  Generally regarded as resilient to grazing and rainfall variability, Mitchell grass is a tropical (summer growing) tussock grass very adaptable to dry conditions.  There are 4 species of Mitchell Grass: Curly, Hoop, Barley & Bull, with the Curly Mitchell being the most common in central Queensland. Guests of Mitchell Grass Retreat are encouraged to visit some of our local properties to hear first hand about living on the land.

Mitchell Grass Retreat is a proud member of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), a not-for-profit, private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industry. QTIC provides a strengthened voice for tourism with a mission to influence and shape the tourism business environment in Queensland.

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