Welcome to Big Sky Country, where the blue sky stretches from one endless horizon to the other. And in between a spectacular landscape of rolling Mitchell Grass Downs, mesa formations, rustic red earth and spinifex country as far as the eye can see. Winton is small and remote. But everything else here is big. The history of this region and its emotive ties to the heart of Australia in the words of Banjo Paterson’s ode, is big. The contribution of pastoralists and the progression of commercial aviation in the outback is big. And there’s no doubt that the dinosaurs that roamed this region in prehistoric times were big. Winton is a place you don’t want to miss. If The Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Waltzing Matilda Centre aren’t enough for you, this small town of only 1000 residents packs a punch with a host of quirky characters, historically important attractions and a remarkable natural landscape to inspire.
Make tracks for Queensland's central west on the Spirit of the Outback, an historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life staying in Longreach, Toogunna Plains Station and Roma. Visit the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. Take a Station tour and Thomson River sunset cruise. Unearth dinosaurs in Winton, Waltz with Matilda, take a station tour with insights to the land overseeing all of Queensland’s iconic outback.
Take advantage of discounted low season fares and make tracks for Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback, an historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life visiting The Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, Camden Park Station and a trip to the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit in Winton. We then depart the Outback and make our way to the Town of 1770 where we spend 2 nights. Take in the highlights of Agnes Water by land and sea onboard a unique LARC amphibious vehicle.
Traverse the state of Queensland through Roma, Barcaldine, Emerald, Longreach, and Cloncurry to the Gulf of Carpenteria to experience an epic Gulf sunset and Sand Island dinner. See the outback come to life, learn about the heritage of mining, discover the indigenous culture, and ride the legendary Gulflander train as touring heads through Cobbold Gorge and Undara to tropical Cairns on this journey showcasing the best of Queensland.
Experience the charm of Picnic Point Toowoomba and a night in Roma, where you'll witness a live cattle auction alongside local graziers. Explore Charleville with a local guide and take in the historic Hotel Corones. Don't miss the enchanting twilight tour and stargazing at The Cosmos Centre. Venture further into the Outback with a local guide to Quilpie before indulging in 2 nights of deluxe cabins at Toogunna Plains Station. Explore the Eromanga Natural History Museum, where prehistoric fossils come to life, and savor a Taste of the Outback dinner. Immerse yourself in the vast Mitchell Grass Plains of Longreach with 3 nights of glamping. Delve into the ancient past at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum and explore the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Pay tribute to Australian stockmen at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Cruise the Thomson River at sunset, dine under the stars, and enjoy an authentic outback show. Conclude your adventure with an overnight rail journey in sleeper cabins aboard the Spirit of the Outback.
Whether you choose a Winton day tour or opt to stay for longer, this little town has many Winton attractions that you should add to your list. The big-ticket items are of course the Waltzing Matilda Centre and Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
The Waltzing Matilda Centre tells more than just the story of Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda. Here the exhibition and art gallery space attract renowned artists from across Australia. And the Qantilda Museum showcases the story and history of the Winton Shire, including the Great Shearers Strike of 1891 and the birth of QANTAS.
24km southeast of Winton, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs houses the most extensive collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world. Sitting atop the Jump Up, a stop here requires at least three hours to visit the three facilities: the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon.
For tips about getting here and the best time to visit this region, head over to our Longreach page; these two destinations go hand in hand.
Winton is 177km northwest of Longreach and around 1350km from Brisbane. That’s an epic 15-hour drive, so many visitors choose to travel by coach, plane or train into Longreach and then on to Winton.
Bladensburg National Park is just 7 km from Winton town and conserves around 85,000 hectares of Mitchell and Flinders grass downs and Channel Country. It’s a haven for birdlife, including emus, brolgas, bustards, and spotted bowerbirds. Red and eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies can also be seen.
Firstly, plan a trip to the historic, heritage-listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice general store which now houses a mini-museum and fascinating Dinosaur Diorama.
Next, head to the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument which can be found 110km southwest of Winton in Lark Quarry Conservation Park (the world’s only definitive record of dinosaur stampede behaviour). The eclectic Arno’s Wall, and quirky Musical Fence (the only one of its kind in the world), can also be found right in town. A Red Dirt Tour will help you tick most of these Winton attractions off your list.
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