Winton Tours and Attractions
Imagine the vibration of 150 dinosaurs pounding the earth in the world's only known record of a Dinosaur Stampede.
Over 95 million years ago, outback Queensland had a very different eco-system to what we see today. A large lake in the midst of a temperate rainforest existed and was the main source of food and water for much of the wildlife of the time.
On one such day, pre-historic animals were grazing and drinking by the lake. It is believed a predatory meat eating dinosaur (theropod), came to drink from the lake, and found smaller dinosaurs (coelurosaurs and ornithopods) grazing. The theropod launched an assault on the coelurosaurs and ornithopods sending them into a frenzy of panic and causing a massive stampede.
The footprints of the dinosaurs were preserved by the lake and the environment has allowed palaeontologists to recreate the scene, after they were discovered in the 1960s. These Trackways are the world's only recorded evidence of dinosaurs in stampede, and feature some 3,300 footprints, made by nearly 150 individual dinosaurs. You can explore the history of the event through the captivating TrackwaysTrack ways tours, taking you from the creation through to the discovery and display of the Trackways.
The Trackways are situated inside Lark Quarry Conservation Park, which is set in the most awe inspiring landscape – amid the red earth, spinifex and jump up country.
The Trackways complex is jointly managed by Winton Shire Council and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service .
It is a must see for tourists to Winton and for keen palaeontologist and fossil lovers.
For more details on The Stampede Story, Jump Up Country or Dino-Resources, please visit the official Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways Website
Children: Children are well catered for.
A free children's Activity Book is available and children enjoy the dinosaur displays.
Open Times: Guided tours only. Open daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Set tour times: 10.00am, 12.00 noon and 2.00pm.
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