If you have children in your life, then chances are they're mad about dinosaurs. And when you were a child, you were very probably really into dinosaurs too. Even though they died out more than 65 million years ago, dinosaurs still exert a very powerful fascination amongst us. And why not? Who wouldn't be mesmerised by these glorious monsters? Some of them absolutely gigantic like the Brachiosaurus or just downright terrifying like the Tyrannosaurus Rex-that once thundered their way across our planet?
The dinosaurs may no longer live amongst us, but their presence is still with us, and the best thing is, you don't need to leave Canberra to see them, either! If you and your children are absolutely mad about dinosaurs, then here's where you can find them in the Bush Capital.
At the National Dinosaur Museum The National Dinosaur Museum has the largest permanent display of dinosaur and prehistoric fossils in Australia. Here you'll find the Megaladon, an ancient, thankfully now-extinct 18-metre shark, that used to devour land dinosaurs. And the skull of Sue, the oldest known T-Rex who lived for 28 years. You'll also see the fossils of 700 million-year-old marine fauna, as well as plenty of interactive animatronic dinosaurs. Plus there's a wonderful dinosaur garden full of life-size fibreglass models. If you and your children really, really love dinosaurs, then this is the place to be!
The National Dinosaur Museum is located at 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls. Admission prices are $16.50 per adult and $10.50 for children aged 4-12 years. Open every day from 10am-5pm.
DinotraX at the National Botanic Gardens DinotraX is an exciting dinosaur adventure trail hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the National Dinosaur Museum. Taking place from July 6-July 28, you'll come across dinosaur herds, living fossil plants, ancient petrified wood and flying winged creatures on display throughout the trail at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Then you continue the trail on to the National Dinosaur Museum. The trail is free at the Gardens. Charges apply at the Museum. For more information on the DinotraX trail, go here.
At the National Museum of Australia About 100-110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, when Australia was part of the supercontinent we call Gondwana, a dinosaur called the Muttaburrasaurus langdoni lived. It was a medium-sized herbivore that walked upright on its hind legs. A complete set of the dinosaur's fossilized bones was found in 1963 by grazier Doug Langdon on his sheep property near the town of Muttaburra in central-west Queensland. A replica skeleton was sent to Canberra and you can see the Muttaburrasaurus langdoni now in the main hall of the National Museum of Australia.
At Andy's Amazing Adventures at the Canberra Theatre Who in the Cretaceous Period is Andy, you may ask? Well, it'd be better if you ask your dinosaur-mad children because they should know all about the amazing Andy and his amazing adventures! Andy is the very brave and extremely resourceful and engaging presenter of some currently hugely popular shows on ABC Kids channel: Andy's Wild Adventures, Andy's Prehistoric Adventures and Andy's Dinosaur Adventures. And for the first time in Canberra ever, he'll be live on stage at the Canberra Theatre, bringing his shows to life. Andy will have two shows on October 3, 2019: at 11am and 2pm. Book your tickets here now as they are selling faster than a pack of ferocious velociraptors on the move!
At the National Arboretum Unfortunately no dinosaurs here, but if you're really, really into dinosaurs, then you'll love the exhibit of a petrified tree stump dating back to the Jurassic period located within the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection at the National Arboretum. The tree stump comes from the Wandoan region in Queensland and was kindly donated to the Arboretum by the National Dinosaur Museum.
Finally, if you want to see dinosaurs actually living amongst us today, then head on over to see their true descendants, the birds and crocodiles, at the National Zoo and Aquarium and even more of their feathery descendants at the Canberra Walk-In Aviary at Gold Creek.