If not, you’re missing out! The Australian Dinosaur Trail is a fascinating journey through the ancient history of our land. The trail stretches from Hughenden to Winton and Richmond following the once ancient inland sea the ‘Eromanga Sea’. This region is home to some of the most significant dinosaur discoveries in the world.
Our small town, located at a crossroads of the Kennedy Development Road and the Flinders Highway, is the perfect place to get in touch with your inner dino enthusiast. There have been over 3,000 fossil discoveries in the area and we just know that there are many more out there waiting to be unearthed.
There has been a lot of excitement recently surrounding the discovery of Australia’s first complete plesiosaur fossil by the ‘Rock Chicks’ in western Queensland – (read the article). We suspect that there are many budding palaeontologists out there eager to discover their own unique slice of prehistory – the Australian Dinosaur Trail is a must to encourage, educate and excite the dino lover in your family.
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What to expect ON the dinosaur trail
The Flinders Discovery Centre is the nexus for the Hughenden leg of the Australian Dinosaur Trail. Here you can meet Hughie, a 7-metre Muttaburrasaurus replica and learn about our ancient past. Take in a wide range of fossils from crustaceous animals in rock to ammonites ranging in size, colour and shape from all around the world. Several different dinosaur bones, vertebrae and other exciting fossils are included in the collection. The museum is currently being upgraded and is due to be completed in June of 2023. If you haven’t visited for a while and you happen to visit that time of year, you’re in for a treat. Whilst you’re visiting make sure to explore the other interactive displays offering an fascinating glimpse into Hughenden’s rich history.
And finally, if you are staying with us make sure to visit the fossicking site and unearth your very own fossil as a keepsake.
Winton has been dubbed Australia’s “dinosaur capital”, offering visitors an exciting insight into the cretaceous period. Be enthralled by Lark Quarry, an eerie sight showcasing 3,300 giant fossilised footprints, evidence of a prehistoric stampede, 95 million years ago! Winton is also home to the Southern Hemisphere’s most productive fossil preparation laboratory and the museum itself is an absolute must. Make sure to take in the Dinosaur Canyon on your way out as well.
Strolling through Richmond, you’d have a hard time imagining that the arid landscape was once part of the great inland sea, the Eromanga. Visitors should head to Kronosaurus Korner, located at Richmond’s museum and research facility. The museum will give you a peek into the science of the “real-life monsters” that once stalked Australia during the Early Cretaceous period. This facility is one of the few locations in the world where you can not only study fossilised bones but also observe the skilled scientists working on them. Richmond also invites visitors to go out into the field to experience a dig for themselves.
The Australian dinosaur trail also offers a glimpse into the ancient Eromanga Sea, which covered much of Queensland during the Cretaceous period. The Eromanga Sea was home to a diverse array of marine life, including sharks, turtles, and plesiosaurs. The remains of these ancient creatures can still be found, providing a fascinating look at the prehistoric world.
In addition to its rich dinosaur history, the Australian dinosaur trail is also home to stunning landscapes and wildlife. The trail passes through the rolling hills of the outback, with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors can also spot a variety of native animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and emus.
The Australian dinosaur trail is a unique and intriguing trip that offers a glimpse into the ancient past of Australia. Whether you are a dinosaur enthusiast or simply looking for a unique adventure, the trail is well worth a visit.
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