Dinosaur Stampede

dinosaur stampedeWe drove for an hour and a half to the Dinosaur Stampede site. The road is bitumen in some places but not others. A sign on one sealed section says NO PARKING NEXT 1.5km EMERGENCY AIRSTRIP.

A large building protects the footprints of a number of dinosaurs that are believed to have stampeded when a very large one was looking for something to eat. The story of how the prints were found and why the dinosaurs stampeded is initially told in a video presentation. Then you enter the large room housing the footprints and a tour guide explains the different size footprints and how they were preserved.

We did a short walk to a lookout and around hills of spinifex before the presentation but we were too late to do the longer walk as it was too hot. The landscape is stunning, bright red rocks, spinifex and narrow leaf wattle trees. I’d recommend getting there early to do the longer walk of around 3.5km.

Back at Winton we called into the Qantilda Museum. Luckily many of the exhibits were saved from a fire that destroyed the building in 2015. A new museum is under construction and it is really impressive. This will be another huge tourist attraction for Winton when it opens in 2018.

Winton is known as the home of Waltzing Matilda. In 1895 Banjo Patterson wrote the words to the song while on holiday at Dagworth Station near Winton. We missed the daily 4.30pm song, story and recital at the North Gregory Hotel.

The Qant in Qantilda relates to Qantas. It was registered as a company in Winton in 1920. The local expression is that Qantas was conceived in Cloncurry, born in Winton and grew up in Longreach.

We ended up back at Tattersalls for dinner, sax and another fun evening.