Winton - Cities, Towns and Localities
Winton is located in the heart of Waltzing Matilda Country,
where our beloved Banjo
Patterson penned his unofficial Australian anthem. Today, many Australians and
international travellers make their way to Winton to explore and experience some
of the wonderful history that was created here.
Winton is also drawing visitors from around the world to the Australia Dinosaur
Trail. There is the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, that lays claim to Australia's
largest and most complete carnivorous dinosaur, nicknamed Banjo. Another must
Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, where you can see the worlds only existing
record of a dinosaur stampede.
There is plenty to see and do in Winton and the surrounding area, just check out
some of the listed attractions and events. You can also contact the local
visitor centre for more information.
• Visitors to Arno Grotjahn's wall will
see a unique wall construction that contains almost every household item you can
imagine and more. Constructed of concrete and rock brought from Arno's opal mine
at Opalton, the walls reach two metres high and extend for at least 70 metres.
The wall is studded with rusted lawnmower parts, boat propellers, vintage
typewriters and sewing machines and even a couple of complete motorbikes.
Age of Dinosaurs
• The Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Museum of Natural History plays a very important role in research, discovery and
preservation of our unique evolutionary history. Stage 1 of the Natural History
Museum is already the biggest fossil preparation facility in the country and
home to the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils.
Located on top of a Jump-Up (a rugged mesa plateau formation that stands 75
metres above the surrounding plains), visitors will have spectacular lookout
views of the countryside and walk one of the scenic trails through amazing
jump-up with its wildlife, rocky outcrops and canyons galore.
Stage 1 and 2 of our museum is now complete where you can view the exciting new
3D digital theatre with animations of Australian dinosaurs; see the expanded
range of dinosaur merchandise; have lunch or coffee and cake at the Café with
its superb mesa country view and see real dinosaur bones being prepared in the
Please Note: Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a working dinosaur museum facility.
Access to the fossil preparation laboratory and dinosaur bone display is only
available through organised guided tours and the Prep A Dino laboratory
The Jump-Up is a wilderness conservation area. There is no access to the Jump-Up
between 5:00 PM and 8:30 AM. Caravans and trailers are welcome on the Jump-Up
for day visits only and can be unhitched at the base of the mesa in the area
provided if necessary. A large vehicle parking area is also provided at the
museum site on top of the mesa. Information provided here may change, please
visit the website for the latest information.
Bladensburg National Park
• Ph: 07 4657 1192
• 15 km
south of Winton, visit during the cooler months. Good bird
watching, open plains and mesa topped hills.
Cawnpore Lookout and Lilleyvale Hills
• The Lilleyvale Hills are at the edge
of Winton Shire and Boulia Shire, on the Kennedy Developmental Road, west of
Middleton. Middleton is approximately 167 km west of Winton, with the Lookout
another 51 km west of Middleton. From the Lookout there are spectacular
panoramic views of the surrounding hills. The Lookout is well sign-posted and is
well-worth the stop on the way through.
The drive between Winton to Boulia is one of Queensland most spectacular scenic
drives, as the road winds its way through Jump Up and Channel Country and
Mitchell Grass Downs, that highlights the diversity of landscapes in the heart
Combo Waterhole Conservation Park
• Just 132 km north-west of Winton,
Combo's waterholes is reputed to be where Banjo Paterson was inspired to pen
The Combo Waterhole Conservation Park is a 49 ha park and part of the Diamantina
catchment area. The park gets its name from the most famous of the many
waterholes found here. The park continues to provide refuge for wildlife during
dry times, just as they provided shady picnic spots in 1895 for stagecoach
passengers and the residents of neighbouring Dagworth Station. Today visitors
can explore the historic stone-pitched overshots and the most readily accessible
Mitchell grass downs in the area.
Whilst you can access the park with a conventional vehicle, four-wheel drive is
recommended. Even small amounts of rain can make the roads impassable, so always
be prepared and have at least a week’s worth of extra supplies in case of
stranding. Vehicles are not permitted beyond the car park. Visitors can then
follow the self-guided walking track to Combo Waterhole on foot, and discover
the story of Waltzing Matilda.
Corfield and Fitzmaurice
• Heritage listed by the National Trust
is this wonderful example of a general store. Opened by partners Corfield and
Fitzmaurice in 1878, it was Winton's first general store, serving people of the
township and pastoral properties until 1987.
Today it houses in part of the building Combo Crafts, which has a great
selection of handmade crafts. The remaining part of the building incorporates a
mini museum, that includes the Dinosaur Diorama, an interpretation of the
dinosaur stampede found at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways. There a mini-museum
of dinosaur fossils by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, including the story of
'Elliot', once the largest dinosaur find in Australia, a display about the opal
mining industry at Opalton and an historical account of Corfield and Fitzmaurice
Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways
• Ph: 07 4652 7333
• Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways is
about 110 km south west of Winton, situated in Lark Quarry Conservation Park,
red-earth and Spinifex country, with broken escarpments and flat top mesas. It
is here that Australia has the worlds only existing
record of a dinosaur stampede.
Some 95 million years ago, herds of small two-legged
dinosaurs came to drink at the lake. A huge meat-eating theropod, began to
stalk the dinosaurs, and then charged. The stampeding herd of smaller
dinosaurs left a chaotic mass of footprints in the mud as they ran to
A record of those few terrifying minutes is cast in more than 3,300
fossilised footprints. The footprints tell us about a cooler, wetter world, when
dinosaurs roamed the earth and the mammal's time is yet to come.
The only way to experience Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways is via a guided tour.
The tour interprets the Trackways from creation to discovery and display. Learn
about the geological history of the area and how the Trackways were discovered.
See the website for more information.
There are several self-drive loops that take in the Dinosaur Trackways, as well
as other parts of the Winton Shire. Drop in to the Winton Visitor Information
Centre to pick up a brochure.
The QANTAS Board Room Lounge
• Vindex Street
• Location of the first QANTAS board meeting held in 1921.
• Elderslie Street • Ph: 07
• The forerunner to today’s Qantilda Museum was
opened on 17 August 1972, as Qantilda Pioneer Place, under
the management of the Winton District Historical Society.
The Royal Open Air Theatre
• Elderslie Street
• Originally established in 1918, this
is one of the last
two open air theatre’s still operating in Australia the
other being the Sun Theatre in
Follow the link for educational links and photo’s of the
Nostalgia Night is held every Wednesday from April through to September.
The Swagman Statue
• Located just outside the
swimming pool on the main street.
• Elderslie Street • Ph: 07 4657 1466 •
• Spend some time experiencing the
‘real’ Australian Outback - visit Winton and Matilda Country
in the heart of Queensland. Originally called Pelican
Waterhole, Winton is one of Australia’s best known towns of
the Outback. You can purchase a multiple entry passes to cover a number of
The scientific evidence from the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways assisted in the
creation of the stampede scene in Steven Spielberg's movie, "Jurassic Park".
Scientific interpretation of the dinosaur footprints in the Lark Quarry
stampeded, have judged that there were three types of dinosaurs involved in the
stampede - Coelurosaurs, Ornithopods and a large Carnosaur.
Arguably the most famous resident of Winton, Elliot (a Sauropod), at
the time was once the largest dinosaur ever to be found in Australia. The
discovery of his remains was a significant milestone in Australia's
palaeontological research, and was the beginning of the Australian Age of
Dinosaur Trail brochure
• Queensland Events
• WINTON • Ph: 07 4657 1558 • Mobile: 0429 806 140 •
• biennial event held each odd calendar year in September. See website for
• Wining recognition, accolades and
awards, the Outback Festival is one of those must do things in Australia. Known
for its unique and quirky Aussie events, such as the signature event of the
festival, the 'Australian Dunny Derby', where competitors race their fastest
‘outhouses’ over a 250 metre track.
Other major events include the Outback Iron Man and Iron Woman event, Masters of
the Outback, Outback Iron Kid, Outback Whip Cracking Championships, Bushman’s
Egg Throwing, Bush Poets breakfasts, World Crayfish Derby Race Meeting, True
Blue Aussie Sports, Live Music Concerts, Mardi Gras and Afghan Bazaar, Kids
Meggsie Cart Races, Art Exhibitions, Roving performers, Children’s concerts and
workshops, Truckies Reunion, Truck & Ute Muster, Grand Parade Spectacular and
This popular biennial event has something for everyone, with new ideas and
activities being introduced all the time, such as Caribbean steel drums, kite
displays and workshops, extreme sports in BMX & skateboard, beach parties, wool
shed dances and formal balls, motor bike enduros plus much more.
Winton Shire Council
• 75 Vindex St, WINTON QLD 4735 • Ph: 07 4657 1188
• Includes tourism information.