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Whether you have dinosaur obsessed children or not – the entire family will absolutely love the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Winton QLD offers.  This is not your boring old stuffy city museum.  Not at all – this Winton dinosaur museum is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.  

At the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Musuem Winton, you’ll be visiting a working museum, where through various guided tours, you’ll not only get the opportunity to see the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, you’ll also hear some amazing stories about how dinosaurs lived here 100 million years ago, as well as walk among life, sized dinosaurs.

If you’ve been considering taking the kids to see the Winton dinosaurs but wondering if it’s worth the trip – then this is the right place to be.  In this guide, I’ll take you through everything you’ll need to know about the Australian Dinosaur Musuem Winton has, including what you can expect to see, how long you should allow to spend there, as well as practical information such as ticket pricing and opening hours.

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The Australian Age of Dinosaurs – Winton, QLD

Keep reading below to find out all the information you need for planning a trip to see the Winton QLD dinosaurs.

Location

Spread across a whopping 1800 hectares, the Age of the Dinosaurs Winton is located about 22km south east of Winton.  Most of the way is by sealed road, with the exception of the last 1 km which is a gravel road.  From the centre of Winton, it takes about 30 minutes to drive there.

Attractions

Given this is a working museum and to ensure you really get the most out of your visit, the way you experience the Australian Age of Dinosaur Museum is via three guided tours and one self guided tour.  Tours depart daily at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm.

More on each of the Winton dinosaur tours are below.

Fossil Preparation Laboratory Collection

On this 30 minute guided tour, you’ll get a very special behind the scenes look into what is said to be the most productive Fossil Preparation Laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere.  As well as watching fossil technicians at work, your guide will tell you stories about how dinosaurs are found and recovered and as well as show you some of the amazing real life dinosaurs fossils on display.

Reception Centre Collection Room

The Collection Room is super special as it houses Australia’s largest AND most complete dinosaur the Australovenator wintonensis, otherwise known as “Banjo”.  Other dinosaurs on display here include a Diamantinasaurus matildae, called “Matilda” and a Savannasaurus elliottorum called “Wade”.  

Across the 30 minute guided dinosaur tour Winton offers, your guide will tell you stories about these dinosaurs and you’ll learn more about these gigantic creatures that once roamed the earth while watching the “Monsters in the Outback” documentary.

Dinosaur Canyon

Jump on board the shuttle bus from the reception area and head down to Dinosaur Canyon Winton has where across four outdoor galleries you’ll see life sized bronze dinosaurs.  The dinosaurs are set up in life like situations so you can experience what it would have been really like to walk among these huge creatures.

While wandering through these galleries on a self guided Winton dinosaur tour, via various interpretation boards you’ll learn about Australian natural history including both dinosaurs and biodiversity.

March of the Titanosaurs Exhibition

Located within Dinosaur Canyon, the March of the Titanosaurs Exhibition is one of the very special guided Winton dinosaurs tours as on this tour you’ll get to see a recently discovered 54 m sauropod track site.

Cretaceous Cafe

The Cretaceous Cafe is a great place onsite to grab some lunch or a snack.  The cafe is open between 9 am and 4.30 pm and serves sandwiches, pies, muffins, coffee and cold drinks.

How much does the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Winton cost?

There are three levels of pricing for the Age of Dinosaurs Musuem.  You can purchase a ticket just for the museum, a ticket that includes entry to the Dinosaur Stampede or a ticket that also includes entry into the dinosaur museums in Richmond and Hughenden.

All three ticket prices are listed below:

Ultimate Dinosaur Tour: Includes entry into the Australian Age of Dinosaurs only – Adults $75 | Child $45 | Family Pass (2A +All Children) $200 | Kids under 5 are free

WDCOA VIP Pass: Includes entry into the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Stampede – Adults $100 | Child $60 | Family Pass (2A +All Children) $260 | Kids under 5 are free

Australia Dinosaur Trail Pass: Includes entry into the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Stampede, Kronosaurus Korner and Flinders Discovery Centre – Adults $115 | Child $65 | Family Pass (2A +4C) $300 | Kids under 5 are free

Opening Hours

The Winton Age of Dinosaurs Museum is open year round from 8.30 am to 5 pm.  During the months of April to November, the museum is open daily and for the remainder of the year the museum is open each day with the exception of Sunday when the museum is closed.

Winton Dinosaur Stampede

While you’re in Winton make sure you put another day aside to visit the Winton Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation.  This is where you’ll get to see with your own two eyes – the only evidence of a dinosaur’s stampede in the world!  There are over 3000 actual Winton dinosaur stampede footprints that have forever been immortalised in stone.

The only way to see the dinosaur stampede Winton offers is via a guided tour – but that just makes the experience so much better because you’ll hear stories on what is thought happened here some 95 million years ago.  Thanks to some very extraordinary scientific detective work, you’ll hear an amazing tale of the hunter and hunted.

The Dinosaur Stampede is a three to four hour return trip from Winton, so you will want to put aside the entire day.  Also, keep in mind that 65 km of the 110 km journey is by unsealed road – but it is doable in a conventional vehicle.  Don’t let the long bumpy journey put you off, you’ve come this far so it really is worth the effort.

Winton Dinosaur Trail Accommodation

There isn’t a huge amount in terms of accommodation Winton offers, but you will find budget pub rooms, spacious motel rooms, and places to pitch a tent.

Click here for our full guide to accommodation in Winton.

Outback Motel Winton

 

If you’re after motels in Winton QLD based on: comfort, service and value – then the Outback Motel Winton is for you! Plus, it is located just a 2-minute leisurely stroll to local eateries and pubs.

Accommodation consists of 25 rooms with a mixture of Queen, King and Family rooms, with the option to choose standard or upgrade to premium. The Family rooms have a large double bed, two single beds, and a private kitchen.

Onsite, there is free parking, free WiFi… and the owners – to assist with any needs you may have.

If you’re after family friendly accommodation Winton QLD offers, the Outback Motel could be just the place!

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North Gregory Hotel, Winton


The historic North Gregory Hotel is smack bang in the centre of the Winton township, next to the Royal Open Air Theatre Museum. However, location is not the only convenience; the hotel offers a restaurant, cafe, and bottle shop onsite, making dining out a breeze!

Families can be accommodated in rooms with a double/queen bed along with a single bed and rollaway. All rooms are air-conditioned and are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities and a bar fridge.

And after a dusty day exploring, the whole family can take advantage of the complimentary open air Artesian Spa – the only one of its kind in the west!

So if you’re after country hospitality at its finest at hotels in Winton QLD, the North Gregory Hotel Winton is the place you’re after!

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Matilda Motel, Winton

Matilda Motel Winton offers clean and comfortable family accommodation within walking distance to shops, restaurants and local attractions.

The air-conditioned rooms offer families of up to 4 accommodation in the one room in double/single bedding configurations. Rooms also include basic breakfast facilities such as a microwave, toaster and kettle.

Free parking is available onsite; however if you decide to travel without a car, the Matilda Motel offers a courtesy airport pick-up. 

Matilda Motel offers family friendly accommodation in Winton, Queensland.

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The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum Winton – Our Verdict

Whether your kids are into dinosaurs or not – they will be after visiting the Age of Dinosaurs.  This place is absolutely amazing and we all just loved it!

To see how we spent our few days in Winton – click here (coming soon). This will take you to our detailed itinerary, which shows you day by day how we spent just over two weeks exploring the dinosaur trail in outback Queensland.

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Hopefully you found this guide to the Australian Age of dinosaurs helpful.  You can also read our guide on things to Winton here or if you’re doing the complete dinosaurs trail, then check out our guide to Richmond here and Hughenden here.

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