Waltzing Matilda is unofficial Australian anthem that all Australian known of. Written in Winton, around 1895 by Australian poet Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson (1864-1941), this song was about hardships of the Australian outback. Extensive folklore surrounds the song and the process of its creation, to the extent that it has its own museum, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.
Waltzing Matilda Centre is not all about the song and Banjo.One section is all about farming, from farming tools, shearing tools and cowbells and so on. Sheep and cattle raising are the main industry in Winton and surround areas.
Opal, especially boulder opal, also makes Winton famous. Some sections of Waltzing Matilda Centre shows all the opal mining aspects, a sample of huge boulder opal and many more. The town also claims to be the capital of dinosaur as Winton is home to the largest Australian fossil collection in the world. You can see pictures of "Banjo", Australia's largest and most complete carnivorous dinosaur, alongside with "Matilda" and "Wade" (most complete sauropods) here.
Don't forget to browse in their new settlers' exhibition with Aborigine artefacts and interesting stories about women in the outback. For children, there is a big hut full with interactive displays about everything in Winton.
Waltzing Matilda Centre was destroyed by fire in 2015 and re-opened in 2018 with more exhibitions. The newest cutting-edge innovative exhibition at Waltzing Matilda Center is an art installation that combines a multi-sensory experience; told through the richness of film, interaction with artefacts, sounds and audio clip. This waved-like silicone rod curtain placed in the middle of this centre captures the light and animated graphics inside and out from eight large projectors. You can witness the natural phenomenon that occurs in the landscape around Winton that also became the inspiration of the song 'Waltzing Matilda'.
From the jolly swagman camped by a billabong to the cutting-edge innovative exhibition, Waltzing Matilda Centre brings the town's history to life and tells you all about the place that Banjo loved much.