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Follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed this ancient land. Australia's Dinosaur Trail encompasses the towns of Richmond, Hughenden and Winton which all have their own unique dinosaur stories to tell.
In Richmond, visit Kronosaurus Korner Fossil Centre which is primarily dedicated to displaying marine reptiles. However, Kronosaurus Korner is also home to Australia's best preserved dinosaur skeleton. After visiting Kronosaurus Korner you may like to try your hand at finding your very own fossil.
North of Hughenden is the next stop at the Porcupine Gorge National Park. See 500 million years of layers of rock formations in this deep gorge system, known as the Australia's 'Little Grand Canyon'. Next up is the Flinders Discovery Centre in Hughenden. Meet Hughie a skeletal Muttaburrasaurus, surrounded by a large fossil and gem display.
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Inc. (AAODI) was formed at Winton following a public meeting in August 2002.
Since that time we have organised dinosaur digs in western Queensland, primarily in collaboration with the Queensland Museum. This has led to the discovery and recovery of what is now the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils.
To complement our discovery program (and out of necessity), we have built and operated Australia’s largest fossil preparation facility since July 2006.
To promote our activities we publish an annual journal aimed at the preservation of Australian natural history.
The activities of AAODI and some of its members have received a remarkable level of recognition, attracting substantial Australian and international media attention.
Bring the whole family along and take a nostalgic trip into transport history by visiting Winton's Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum. The museum features historic trucks, vehicles and machinery as well as photographic and transport memorabilia. It's a fun and educational day out for the whole family to enjoy.
If there is one song that lives in the hearts of all Australians, it is "Waltzing Matilda". Written by "Banjo" Paterson in 1895 near Winton, it has played a significant part in defining the Australian character.
The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the only attraction in the world dedicated to a song. It’s a one-stop tourism shop! Self-guided tours allow you to experience this multi-award winning attraction at your own pace. Pull up a stump by the Billabong, where the swagman ghost tells his side of the story of Waltzing Matilda. Learn the truth, myth and romance behind Australia's favourite song in the interactive Legends Room. Wander through the outside displays of pioneering railways, trucks, buggies and early station life and equipment. Explore the fascinating timeline of Winton's history in the Qantilda Museum. Visit the Outback Regional Gallery and Foyer, offering new exhibitions every six to eight weeks. You can also pick up a gift in the Station Store or just relax in the Coolibah Café with free WIFI.
Take a ‘Matilda’s Ghost’ guided tour to discover the truth and legend behind the story of the writing of Australia’s most famous song. Take a journey through time with the ‘Ghost’ of Banjo Paterson or Christina McPherson, who inspired him to write the song. Your guide will reveal what brought Banjo to Winton, the events that led up to writing the song and the momentous fall-out from the scandal. A humorous, revealing and entertaining hour’s tour will begin with the story of the song as told by the swagman before Banjo or Christina share with you the intimate details of this event that changed their lives forever.
For your convenience an accredited Visitor Information Centre and Westpac In-store Bank is also located inside the Centre.
Main Admission Prices:
Banjo's Ghost Tour:
* Includes entry to the rest of the attraction
Inside the heritage listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice building awaits one of the nation's most comprehensive displays of Australian Dinosaur fossils. Australian Age of Dinosaurs shows the results of the fossil fever that has gripped Winton since the first bones of 'Elliot' were found on a Winton property. 'Elliot' was a Sauropod and is the largest dinosaur yet found in Australia - believed to be nearly 22 metres long. The display features the fossilized remnants of an ancient environment with bones from 'Elliot', the massive Sauropod that roamed nearly 100 million years ago on display. To get a snapshot view of what the world might have been like back then, see the life size diorama of the Dinosaur Stampede, recreating the scene where small dinosaurs fled in terror from a ten metre Carnosaur. Complementing the dinosaur displays is an exhibition of local opal with mining and gemstone information. The Corfield and Fitzmaurice Building, once Winton's general store, is a bit of dinosaur itself! As the oldest business in Winton, its own history has been set out in a graphic panelled display. Also within the complex is Combo Crafts, which sells a range of attractive pottery, jewellery, and other craft items.
Residents of Winton met at the Shire Hall on Sunday 16 August 1914 to initiate a patriotic committee and to call on volunteers for the war that had been declared two weeks prior. 10 years later, the office of architects H W Atkinson and A H Conrad was calling for tenders for the erection of a granite war memorial in Winton. By March 1926, local stonemason G H Jenkins had completed the structure in granite sourced from his quarry in Gracemere. Plans were in place to truck the completed memorial to a site in the main street opposite the Council Chambers. The highly polished three metre high pedestal bore the names of 518 men and women who served during WWI. A bronze laurel wreath was fixed at the top of each panel. A poem by Rupert Brooke is featured on one side. The memorial cost £1273. Anzac Day 1926 began with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the town cemetery on the graves of 16 returned servicemen. The unveiling of the memorial in the afternoon was attended by the whole town, the Shire Chairman and local religious leaders officiating. The memorial remains the focus of ANZAC Day ceremonies in Winton.
The landscape and scenery on the Winton - Boulia via Diamantina National Park journey will leave you awestruck. A challenging journey, this relatively isolated route will require the driver to be well prepared as there are no fuel or food facilities. Travel via Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, Old Cork, Springvale and Coorabulka. Covering 507,000 hectares, Diamantina National Park is rich in natural and cultural history. The scenery and birdlife, sunrises and sunsets in this big country will have your cameras working overtime! The trek is approximately 530 kilometres long and will take between two and three days to complete. The road is suitable for four wheel drives only.
Take a piece of Queensland with you when you fossick for boulder opals (permit required). Stay the night at the bush park and enjoy the night sky without interruption on the Dinosaurs and Opals Four Wheel Drive Track. Travel to Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways and discover a landscape of red earth, spinifex and jump-up (mesa) country. Tours at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways are fully guided and at set times. See the wonderful escarpments at Carisbrooke Station and be sure to book for a property tour. The Dinosaurs and Opals Four Wheel Drive Track is approximately 376 kilometres long and will take two days to complete. The road has approximately 50 kilometres of sealed road and the remainder is an all weather dirt road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.
The Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, where over 3,300 dinosaur tracks mark the site of the only known dinosaur stampede on the planet. In a remarkable piece of scientific detective work, scientists from the Queensland Museum have pieced together a dramatic tale of hunter and hunted from the footprints left behind. About 95 million years ago a herd of over 300 dinosaurs, some as small as chickens (called Coelursaurs) and some about the size of an emus (called Ornithopods) were drinking on the muddy shore of a lake. The herd panicked and started a mad dash to escape when a large meat-eating dinosaur appeared close by. The stampede was recorded in the mud, preserved by the natural environment, and immortalised in stone. Preserved inside a modern building, this amazing Dinosaur Stampede is accessible to everyone at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The starkly beautiful red earth and spinifex-studded landscape is a dramatic contrast to the moist green world that existed at the time of the dinosaurs.