Richmond - Cities, Towns and Localities
'Fossil Capital of Australia'
If you travel to Richmond over 100 million years ago, you
will see an 'Ancient Inland Sea'.
Forward your time machine to today, and all that is left of that ancient inland
sea are fossilised remains of the creatures that once inhabited the region.
Part of the Dinosaur Trail, visitors to Richmond can experience the
magnificent fossil discoveries and even go out to the nominated areas to do a
bit of fossicking themselves.
There is plenty of other attractions and things
to do in Richmond, whether you want to rest, boat or do a spot of fishing at the
lake or explore some of the towns heritage.
Ph: 07 4741 3429
40 km north of
Richmond are the 19th-century ruins of an old Cobb & Co
|Cobb & Co Coach
preserved Cobb & Co coach which once conveyed people
alongside the Flinders River.
Stepping back in time on the Heritage
Walk is a great way to explore the town. Starting from the Lakeview Caravan Park
and continuing the full length of Goldring Street. You can read the Heritage
Signs that mark the sites of yesteryear's business district. You can visit the
sites of a cordial factory, a newspaper printery and an open air theatre. The
Cambrige Downs Heritage Display Centre is a replica of an original 1860's
homestead, constructed from local flagstone rock and housing various artefacts
of historical and cultural significance.
Home of the Richmond Marine Fossil Museum
Goldring St, RICHMOND QLD 4822 Ph: 07 4741 3429
Richmond Marine Fossil
Museum is a regional museum designed to display local
fossils from the cretaceous inland sea. This sea entered
Australia over 120 million years ago and fluctuated in
relation to global changes of sea level and local earth
movements for nearly 25 million years. It reached its
maximum extent 112 million years ago.
Kronosaurus Korner is an all-encompassing educational facility with a museum, a
museum curator, laboratory, shop, cafe, tourist information centre, museum
theatrette, children's area, souvenir shop, with disabled facilities.
After a visit to Kronosaurus Korner,
what better activity is there, then trying your hand at finding some of your
very own fossils. Call in at the reception for a map to guide you to the free
designated fossicking sites. The Fossil-Hunting Guide is also available from
their website under
Discoveries/New Finds. Some of the finds can include shark teeth, fish
bones, belemnites and a variety of shells. The Museum staff at Kronosaurus
Korner are interested to see anything you find and will help you to identify
If you are planning to fossick, and you don't already have a Geological Hammer,
you can purchase one from Kronosaurus Korner. You should also take an old
toothbrush or paintbrush to remove dirt and dont forget a hat, the sunscreen
|Lake Fred Tritton
With a circumference of 1.2 km and a maximum depth of 8 metres, Lake Fred
Tritton provides locals and visitors a great recreational spot, especially for
aquatic activities including swimming, canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, skiing
and fishing. The lake has been stocked with a variety of fish, including eeltail
catfish, gulf grunter (black bream), barramundi, sleepy code, sooty grunter,
archer fish (rifle fish), foxtail catfish, spangled perch and yellowfin perchlet.
There is also freshwater prawns and redclaw crayfish.
Facilities include boat ramp, BBQ facilities, and amenities, which all provides
for a great spot for community social gatherings.
This oasis in the outback was named after the lat Fred Tritton, who was a local
grazier and former Richmond Shire Mayor for 31 years. Fred was known as a water
visionary and maintained that water development was a vital part of Richmond's
ongoing growth. Construction on the lake began in November 2002 and was
completed by February 2003. The lake was then pumped full of water from the
Flinder's River whilst in flood.
There is also a caravan park that boasts water views, and the chance to catch a
glimpse of the local wildlife and native birds.
One of the unique features in and
around Richmond are 'moonrocks'. These round rocks are a unique feature of the
Richmond landscape. The moonrocks vary in size from a golf ball to weighing many
tonnes. These nodules are concretions formed by the accumulation of limestone
cement (calcium carbonate) in the sediment. They are formed by natural chemical
processes in the sediment and are not weather worn. Under ideal conditions a
spherical shape will form but other factors such as sediment permeability and
other chemical processes may lead to some quite bizarre shapes. Although the
nodules are not fossils, they can and often do, contain fossils especially
shells. Much less often, bones and wood are found in the concretions.
Richmond hosts the World Champion Moon Rock Throwing Competition every two years
at its Fossil Festival.
Richmond Pioneer Cemetery is located
off the Flinders Highway on the western side of town, immediately after crossing
the railway line. The Richmond Pioneer Cemetery displays inscriptions dating
from 1886 to 1921. Unfortunately, only about 30 or so headstones remain from
some 300 burials. In some cases, the broken segments were reassembled and laid
flat, in others they have been repaired and remounted.
However, exhibited on the site are panels listing all known burials at this
location. There were found to be a few variations between the data posted, the
headstone inscriptions and the Queensland deaths register, but this is to be
expected in the transcription of old handwritten records.
The cemetery is fenced on three sides and maintained by Richmond Shire Council.
A list of all inscriptions for this cemetery can be viewed from the
Richmond Shire Council
site (follow the Local Attractions link). This list was compiled with reference
to the Queensland indices of births, deaths and marriages.
|The Santalum Sandalwood Factory and Mill
only sandalwood mill, principally manufacturing incense and
joss sticks for export to Asia. A guided tour can be
In 1989 near Richmond, an almost complete fossil was discovered of a small plant
eating dinosaur - an ankylosaur. Named
it is Australia's most complete and best preserved dinosaur skeleton, dated to
around 100 million years old. It was discovered with much of its fossilised skin
intact, as well as some of its stomach contents.
Richmond Pliosaur was discovered between the towns of Hughenden and
Richmond in 1990. Over 4 metres in length, it is one of the best-preserved
Pliosaur skeletons ever to be found in the world and of a very high
scientific value. A full replica was made of the pliosaur, and is now part of
the exhibition in Kronosaurus Korner.
The largest fossil on display at Kronosaurus Korner is the 13 metre
Kronosaurus and the smallest is a brittle star measuring around 10 mm.
Kronosaurus Queenslandicus fossil found in Australia was discovered in
1932 out on Army Downs by a group of American scientists. This specimen is on
display at the Harvard University of America.
Dinosaur Trail brochure
Goldring St, RICHMOND QLD 4822 Ph: 07 4741 3277
biennial event held over 4 days - May 2008
The Richmond Fossil Festival
provides a number of different and unique outback events that include the
Champion Moonrock Throwing Competition, Loader Pull, Show and Shine, Mardi Gras,
Friday Night Rodeo, Musical Pony Ride, Bernie Barra Hole-In-One, Fossil Hunt,
Family Sports Day, Tug-of-War, Windy Wizard, Fossil Festival Floats and a number
of other family fun events.