Australia's Dinosaur Trail in Queensland's Outback is an exciting adventure, where you can discover the world-class fossils of Winton, Richmond and Hughenden. A journey along the Dinosaur Trail offers visitors a range of unique experiences not available anywhere else in the world, let alone Australia. Download a print version here
|Winton to Richmond||218km (approx)||3 hrs|
|Richmond to Hughenden||112km (approx)||1 hr 10 mins|
|Hughenden to Winton||215km (approx)||2 hrs 30 mins|
Make your first stop the Winton Information Centre. Collect your self-drive and Experience Winton brochures. Visit the heritage listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice building located across the road; it houses a life-size diorama of the Dinosaur Stampede, wool industry and opal displays.
Embark on an adventure 110km south-west of Winton to Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park and discover the only known evidence of a dinosaur stampede on the planet! Guided tours start from 9.30am and run for 45 minutes. Open daily Apri-Sept, and six days a week (closed Sundays, Christmas and Boxing Days) Oct- Mar.
Today, travel 24km south-east of Winton to The Jump-Up, a mesa that's home to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and the world's biggest collection of Australia's largest dinosaur fossils as well as life-sized bronze dinosaurs at Dinosaur Canyon. Guided tours through the Fossil Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon start from 9am and run for 3 hours. Open daily Apr-Sept, and six days a week (closed Sundays, Christmas and Boxing Days) Oct-Mar.
Visit the Flinders Discovery Centre, to see ‘Hughie' a Muttaburrasaurus, the amazing fossil exhibition and the Porcupine Gorge Light and Sound Show. Pick up your map with the points of interest guiding you around Hughenden to see the impressive metal sculptures depicting dinosaurs designed and made by local artists.
Spend time at Porcupine Gorge National Park and trek 1.2km to the base to savour the magnitude of this amazing gorge system. For 4wd enthusiasts, enjoy selected drives throughout the Shire, taking in amazing landscapes and diverse terrain. Finish the day with a trip to Mount Walker, 10km south of Hughenden for an outback sunset.
Enjoy a 1.5km walk along the diverse bio-regions of the ‘Eco walk on Flinders'. Along the pathway are species of flora and local artwork. Travel 54km south of Prairie to the natural surrounds of Kooroorinya Falls Nature Reserve
Start your exploration at Kronosaurus Korner, the home of Australia's premier marine fossil collection, originating from the Great Inland Sea that existed 110 million years ago. Meet ‘Penny' the Richmond Pliosaur, Australia's most complete marine vertebrate specimen. Learn about fossils, fossil-hunting and the preparation and lab techniques used to prepare these astounding displays.
Head out to one of the free dedicated fossicking sites to try and find a fossil of your own! Any finds can be taken into Kronosaurus Korner to be identified. Finish your day by wetting a line and catch a barra for dinner or just take an evening stroll around Lake Fred Tritton.
Follow the Heritage Walk around town, taking in the business precinct from yesteryear and enjoy the local artefacts of historical and cultural significance at the Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre. Take some time to investigate the diverse flora in the Bush Tucker Garden.
Note: Please confirm attractions' trading hours and road conditions prior to travelling.