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Where are the Best Dinosaur Experiences in Queensland?

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Published March 5th 2016
Discoveries in Queensland are helping to make huge strides in Australia's understanding of its Mesozoic past, but where can the everyday person get closer to the world of Australian dinosaurs? Below is a list of the major destinations in the state. If you know of any others, tell everyone in the comments section.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs
The most obvious dinosaur attraction in Queensland is the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum in Winton, which houses a huge collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, many of them from the surrounding area.

This museum does not just display bones, but is a working museum, and tours of the Laboratory and Collection Room run hourly (costing $33.00 for adults). Excitingly, because so many fossils are still being found, the museum utilises tourists and offers them a chance to help out (for a fee) by preparing fossils or even digging them up.

Lark Quarry
Another very well-known dinosaur attraction is the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede, the world's only preserved dinosaur stampede. It can be found near Winton, in the Lark Quarry Conservation Park, and can only be seen on a guided tour ($12.00), which will teach you how the stampede was preserved and discovered, among other things.

Flinders Discovery Centre
This centre is located in Hughenden, which is on the Flinders Highway and well inland of Mackay and Airlie Beach. It houses fossils and gems from the local area and around the world. A life-size replica of a Muttaburrasaurus, called 'Hughie', is outside.

Image courtesy of Rob and Stephanie Levy / Wikimedia Commons

Kronosaurus Korner
While they're not technically dinosaurs, the creatures at Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond are just as old. In this museum you'll find fossils from the local area that have come from the Cretaceous Inland Sea that covered a large section of Queensland 120 million years ago. You can join a dig (either at dusk, or a week-long trip) or visit the museum, which is open seven days a week and costs $20.00 to see.

Image courtesy of Rob and Stephanie Levy / Wikimedia Commons

Kronosaurus Korner, along with the other three sites already mentioned, make up Australia's Dinosaur Trail. If you plan on seeing more than one attraction along here, you might want to get a Dinopass for $66.00, which gets you into the Flinders Discovery Centre, Kronosaurus Korner, and the tour of the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede.

Mount Morgan
This town, near Rockhampton, is where gold mining in the 1950s revealed hundreds of 200 million year old Jurassic dinosaur footprints. The caverns where they are located are not open to the public, but you can see casts of them, as well as other fossils, at Michael Durrant's Wonderful World of Fossils.

Queensland Museum
One of the most accessible dinosaur attractions in the state is the Lost Creatures exhibition at Queensland Museum. This permanent exhibition features displays on dinosaurs, megafauna and ancient marine life, and also includes sections from the Lark Quarry stampede. It's even free.
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