Something good comes from everything! If it weren’t for the drought, Spinifex Collections would not exist. In 2002, Sue Smith brought her dressmaking to town in the hope of creating some cash flow for her family’s drought stricken wool growing property. With four children at boarding school, it wasn’t long before Sue realized that even 18 hour days weren’t going to cut it financially. She purchased jewellery & accessories to compliment the outfits she sewed & that was the start of the creation of Spinifex Collections – the best little gift shop in the world! This led to stocking gifts & homewares from around the world, but specializing in those from Australia & locally made too - leather work, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, semi-precious stones, brass & bronze, silver & pewter, painting & photography.

 

OUR LOCATION

Spinifex Collections is located between the butcher and the baker in the Merino Arcade, main street of Longreach - heart of the outback. Qantaslink brings people from all over the world to Longreach every day, and we bring the world to them at Spinifex Collections. Spinifex Collections was established in Longreach because of its owners love for the small country town – it’s friendly, vibrant & buzzing - with every city convenience but without the hassle of population. (Approx. 3500) Sue describes herself as ‘a born & bred local’ & shares Longreach as her birthplace with the world’s first flying surgeon service. She loves her part of outback Australia & the way it epitomizes Dorothea McKellar’s ‘Sunburnt Country’. It was the first base for Qantas airlines & now hosts the Qantas Founders Museum & the Australian Stockman’s Hall Of Fame, both iconic tourist attractions for Longreach.

OUR TOWN

Longreach has a daily airline service from Brisbane & the famous ‘Spirit of the Outback” (train) running twice weekly, tourists from around the world enjoy the many & varied attractions Longreach has to offer. Cruises along the Thomson River with silver service dinners under the stars or a fantastic sound & light show on the banks of the river are two amazing alternatives for nighttime entertainment. There are several restaurants & bars – all excellent & all with a difference. You can take a sedate coach ride through the streets or gallop through the bush, tour a working property or you can take in a movie or swim in the Olympic sized pool. Longreach is home to the Australian Agricultural College & also the School of Distance Education & each give a great insight to the rural industries & the lifestyle. National parks are easily visited & the Age of Dinosaurs is well worth a visit if heading north to Winton where you can also enjoy the Waltzing Matilda Centre. The Wellshot Centre in Ilfracombe gives an interesting & historic overview of the area. Whether a fisherman or fossicker, a birdwatcher or walker, a camper or caravaner, you’ll enjoy your visit to Longreach.

If you’re a SHOPPER, you’ll LOVE it! Spinifex Collections is between the butcher & the baker & over the road is one of Australia’s best shoe shops! There’s a health food store around the corner selling local produce & there’s a great gallery of photographs depicting our unique lifestyle. From the moment you drive in (or arrive) you’ll experience the laid back, casual atmosphere of Longreach that imbibes a genuine & warm feeling of welcome & content.

OUR PRODUCT

Spinifex Collections products are many & varied. All are exotic, exquisite & exciting! Our difference is our passion - for our product & providing excellence in all we do. Spinifex Collections stock only quality products & delight in our customers obvious pleasure at having "the world brought to them", either while absorbing the fragrance of wood and leather in a sunlit, airy shop in the heart of the outback or as they browse the Spinifex Collections on-line.