THINGS TO DO
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
This tribute to Australia’s Outback heroes includes a variety of traditional artefacts, electronic displays, photographs, films and stories of bush life.
Qantas Founders Museum
This world-class attraction commemorates the founders of this great Australian company that grew to become internationally recognised as a leader in world aviation. Join a tour of the decommissioned 747 ‘City of Bunbury’ and the latest addition to the collection is the Boeing 707 jet, the very first passenger jet ever owned by Qantas.
Waltzing Matilda Centre
Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre tells the story of Waltzing Matilda, Winton and the Outback region. This is the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, the Waltzing Matilda Centre boasts state of the art interpretation, telling the story of Waltzing Matilda. Its exhibition space tells the story of Winton’s contribution to World War 1 and its Qantilda Museum has interactive displays telling the story and history of the Winton Shire, including the Great Shearers Strike of 1891, and the birth of Qantas.
The Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways
If you’re willing to travel a little further, you will find the best example of dinosaur tracks in the world.
The Trackways depict the world’s only recorded evidence of a Dinosaur Stampede. It features some 3,300 footprints, made by nearly 200 individual dinosaurs, telling a story of a few fateful moments, 95 million years ago. These Trackways inspired the stampede scene in the Steven Spielberg movie Jurassic Park.
During the Cretaceous Period, 95 million years ago, this area was a temperate rainforest surrounding a lake used as a waterhole for many wildlife species. It is believed that the Coelurosaurs and Ornithopods were at the lake until disturbed by a large Carnosaur when possibly it was coming for a drink but discovered a meal instead. The fossilised footprints then show how the Carnosaur stalked for its meal and then grabbed one whilst the other dinosaurs began to flee in panic. It can be seen how they fled because some footprints are embedded on previous footprints of the Carnosaur.
For more information on what to do in Longreach, visit longreachtourism.com.au.