Age of Dinosaurs Museum

Winton 
S22’28.706, E143’11.006

Do you dare to tread Dinosaur Country? Winton’s eternal flats once swarmed with prehistoric wildlife and lush flora. From the frightening to the fantastic, see the remains of these Capricorn dinosaurs at Winton’s Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.

When Winton was a forested wetland, the region was full of incredible prehistoric creatures such as:

Sauropods
Sauropods were the largest animals to ever walk on the Earth. These giant dinosaurs had long necks and tails, proportionately small heads, and massive elephant like legs. These plant-eating dinosaurs, lived on the forested plains, and had to eat enormous quantities of vegetation to survive. To aid in the breakdown of woody plants, they ingested stones called gastroliths, which remained in their stomach and ground their food.

Theropods 
Theropods were a group of meat-eating dinosaurs, or carnivores. They were wide-spread in Australia, and their remains have been found in at least three States. Theropods ran quickly on strong hind legs, grabbing their prey with the claws on their short, front limbs. Their feet had three toes and their strong jaws were equipped with an arsenal of dagger like teeth.

Ornithopods  Ornithopods were herbivorous dinosaurs found across all seven continents. They ranged from small chicken sized animals to beasts of 7-9 metres long.

Ancient animals we see today  Some ancient animals survived extinction and can still be seen today. Crocodiles, turtles, and small bivalves have been found with the dinosaurs of the Winton Formation. These animals allow scientists to build a picture of the ancient land and seascape present 95 million years ago in Central Queensland.

How can I experience Dinosaur Country?

Winton Dinosaur Preparation Project: Help bring these prehistoric giants back to life! Get hands on with real dinosaur bones, and help to prepare fossils for display.

Dinosaur Discovery Week: Dig for dinosaur bones as part of this exciting excavation project. Join the team amid the vast, rolling Mitchell grass downs, and help retrieve ‘never seen before’ dinosaur bones.

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways: See the trackways of the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampede, which have remained frozen in time for about 95 million years.

For more information
Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs website (Phone: 07 4657 0414). For more information about activities in Winton head to the Matilda Centre (Phone: 1300 665 115).

 

Heading West
Visit Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre for a dose of Australian folklore and the rustic mining settlement of Opalton to search for treasure. Stop for a cold one at Middleton’s pub before admiring the mesa at Cawnpore Lookout. Browse the marine reptile fossils at Boulia’s Stonehouse Museum and have yourself a Min Min Encounter. Are these eerie lights a result of geological forces or something more sinister?Your next geo-stop, heading west:
Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways
Opalton
Heading East
Longreach is home to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, and Starlight’s Lookout, the jumpup used in the infamous cattle heist. Soak in the warm mineral waters of the Great Artesian Basin at Ilfracombe; and pass Blackall, where the Drummond Basin supports a prosperous coal mining industry.Your next geo-stop, heading east:
Starlight’s Lookout, Longreach