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Winton

Winton, Winton Area
"Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong..." You'll be forgiven for relentlessly whistling this famous tune while you're in Winton, as it's the very home of Banjo Patterson's 'Waltzing Matilda'. Reputedly inspired by an 1894 shearer's suicide at the nearby Combo Waterhole and first performed in Winton's North Gregory Hotel on 6th April 1895, you can learn all about Banjo and the adopted national anthem at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.

Winton's Way Out West Fest

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$258.50 - 258.50
25 – 28 April 2019
Winton's Way Out West Fest was first held in 2018 to mark the reopening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre. The event proved to be so successful they have decided to do it all again. You do not want to miss this four day camping music festival being held across eight stages with 170 hours of music.

Wintons Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$2 - 2
Bring the whole family along and take a nostalgic trip into transport history by visiting Winton's Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum. The museum features historic trucks, vehicles and machinery as well as photographic and transport memorabilia.

Winton Visitor Information Centre

Winton, Winton Area
The Winton Visitor Information Centre is located at 50 Elderslie Street in Winton. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Back Roads to Winton Drive

Multiple Locations
Begin your journey in Longreach in Queensland's heartland then follow the scenic back roads to Winton via Lochern National Park, Stonehenge and Jundah. Follow the Lochern Habitat Drive and explore the 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage.

Winton War Memorial

Winton, Winton Area
Free Entry
Residents of Winton met at the Shire Hall on Sunday 16 August 1914 to initiate a patriotic committee and to call on volunteers for the war that had been declared two weeks prior. 10 years later, the office of architects H W Atkinson and A H Conrad was calling for tenders for the erection of a granite war memorial in Winton.

Outback Writers' Festival

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$20 - 250
25 – 27 June 2019
This event, located in the iconic town of Winton and the home of Waltzing Matilda, brings writers and readers together to exchange the telling of outback Australian stories. You will hear from award-winning and best-selling authors - their trials and tribulations of writing and successful publishing.

Dinosaurs and digging

Great herds of dinosaurs once ruled the interior of Queensland in the murky depths of prehistory. You too can follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs if you know the right spots. Or you can try your hand at fossicking and crown yourself with treasures. Whichever direction you choose, you can unearth the beauties of nature in Outback Queensland.

Australia’s dinosaur trail

Walk where the big fellas walked on Australia’s dinosaur trail, through the towns of Richmond, Hughenden and Winton. Be transported back 120 million years at Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond, when Queensland was covered by an inland sea and underwater giants ruled its interior. Prepare a real dinosaur bone in a lab at The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum or book to take part in a real dinosaur dig in Winton. Visit the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways near Winton, where you can see the dinosaur footprints which inspired the stampede in Stephen Spielberg's movie "Jurassic Park".

Dinosaur museums

Head to the channel country where you’ll discover one of Queensland’s largest dinosaurs at the Eromanga Natural History Museum and prepare a real dinosaur bone in a lab. Head to Boulia Stonehouse Museum, the home of the min min light and you'll find Plesiosaurus fossils from Australia's ancient inland sea.

National parks with fossils

Stop at Porcupine Gorge National Park where you can see layers of rock formations, 500 million years old, in this deep gorge system known as the Australia's 'Little Grand Canyon'. Discover million-year old fossils embedded in limestone at Boodjamulla National Park and Riversleigh Fossil Sites.


Outback Queensland | Events

Enjoy wide open spaces and big skies in Outback Queensland, where you can follow in the tracks of dinosaurs, meet larger-than-life outback characters, cheer on a field of racing camels and sleep under a blanket of stars.

2019 marks 'The Year of the Outback' making it the perfect time to visit and attend one of the world-class events on offer. Experience Australia’s best live events in Queensland.

Birdsville Races

Birdsville's busiest week of the year happens the first Friday and Saturday in September. Visitors take over this tiny outback town from all parts of Australia and the world for the Annual Birdsville Racing Carnival

Winton's Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Head to Winton a.k.a ‘Hollywood in the Outback’  to meet the actors, directors and producers behind some of your favourite Aussie films and at night, enjoy their talents on the big screen at the open-air theatre at the Vision Splendid Film Festival.

Check out The Outback Queensland calendar of events below for more inspiration.

Longreach and Central West

Adventure through rolling red grasslands aboard a multi-day coach, on a 4WD tour, train or plane to the birthplace of Qantas and Waltzing Matilda in Outback Queensland’s Central West.

Seek adventure

Climb Starlight’s Lookout, take a ride in a galloping horse-drawn stagecoach and learn about Australia’s heritage in Longreach. Witness footprints of a dinosaur stampede at the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways and see the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum near Winton. Swim, kayak, water-ski or cruise the Thomson River or fish for yellow belly and red claw crayfish under the red river gums. Hike to the Biloela lookout for views over Callide Dam in the Sandstone Wilderness, dotted with water-skiers and campers.

Meet the locals

Watch teddy bears come to life in Tambo and admire the old machinery lining the main street of Ilfracombe. Visit the birthplace of the Australian Labour Party in Barcaldine and head to Blackall for an artesian bubble-spa. Learn to crack a whip, lasso or ride a horse in the red dirt at a working farm stay in Baralaba, or slow the pace while exploring historical villages and peer into the old Wowan butter factory.

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