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Riversleigh Fossil Sites

Fossils showing the evolution of Australia’s mammals are forever preserved in limestone at the Riversleigh Fossil Sites in Outback Queensland. This World Heritage-listed site is located in the south-eastern section of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, with fossils dating back 25 million years.

Things to do at Riversleigh

See the fossils in-situ at Riversleigh D Site - the only section of the site open to the public. Walk the Riversleigh Fossil Trail to take you to the top of the limestone outcrop overlooking Riversleigh D site. Visit the Riversleigh Fossil Centre in Mount Isa to see the palaeontologists work on piecing back together the story of these mammal fossils. And explore the landscape of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park where its sandstone formations, gorges and waterholes have been formed over millions of years.

If you wish to go further back in time, learn about the dinosaurs of Outback Queensland.

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Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$50 - 215
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is home to the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. A working dinosaur museum with the most productive Fossil Preparation Laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere, it's located on 1,800 hectares of spectacular mesa plateau with vast scenery, wildlife and walking trails.

Kronosaurus Korner

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 60.00
Visiting Australia's premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner, is an unforgettable prehistoric adventure, where you see some of the most awe inspiring marine creatures such as 'Penny' the Richmond plesiosaur - Australia's best vertebrate fossil, 'Krono' Kronosaurus queenslandicus - a 10 metre, giant marine reptile and 'Wanda' - Australia's largest fossilised fish.

Natural Sciences Loop

Multiple Locations
It has it all; birds, opals, fossicking, fossils, starry night skies, rivers, geology, lakes, billabongs, artesian waters, bilbies and the famous Dig Tree. It's natural history and heritage all rolled into one.

Eromanga Natural History Museum

Eromanga, Quilpie Area
From AU$25.00 - 75.00
The Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) nestled in the Australian Outback is home to Australia’s largest dinosaur, a 95-98 million year old titanosaur called ‘Cooper’. He is one of a number of significant fossil discoveries in the heart of the South West Queensland Channel Country.

Outback at Isa

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Outback at Isa is the hub of Tourism in North West Queensland. Your one stop shop to explore what the region has to offer. They are an award winning visitor information centre, and run the Hard Times Underground Mine Tours, Riversleigh Fossil Centre, The Isa Experience, The Outback Park and Art Gallery.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
Free Entry
Boodjamulla is one of Queensland's most exceptional parks, boasting spectacular gorge scenery, diverse wildlife, exhilarating walking and canoeing, and fossils deposits dating back 25 million years. Here, Lawn Hill Gorge carves a serpentine ribbon of green through the dry savannah landscape, creating an oasis in the outback.

Dig the Tropic

Multiple Locations
It's 23.5 degrees south of the equator and the natural wonders and diverse landscapes of Australia, Chile, Brazil and South Africa all share it. The Tropic of Capricorn lays the groundwork for a trail of real dinosaur fossils, ancient rainforests, sapphire gemfields and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the Great Barrier Reef?

Cross Country to Outback

Multiple Locations
12 day one way itinerary featuring heritage stories, delicious local produce and incredible dinosaur attractions. Highlights of this tour include Girraween National Park and its balancing boulders, the village of Nobby - home to Rudds Pub, the picturesque garden city of Toowoomba and the heritage listed Jondaryan Woolshed.

Boulia Marine Reptile Fossil Display

Boulia, Boulia Area
From AU$12 - 12
Boulia has an unique collection of fossils from the Cretaceous Era when Boulia was part of the inland Eromanga Sea. The fossils are the real thing and some show explicit detail such as teeth. Many Ichthyosaurs and Plesiosaurs have been found in Boulia as well as a unique species of turtle named for the finders, John and Richard Suter called Bouliachelys suteri.

7 Day Dinosaur Trail

Multiple Locations
Leaving from Townsville, head west to Outback Queensland for a dinosaur adventure! Take a Ghost Walk Tour of Charters Towers, meet ‘Hughie’ the Muttaburrasaurus on The Dinosaur Trail, picnic at Porcupine Gorge National Park, see the marine fossil giants at Kronosaurus Korner, get up close to one of Australia’s vanishing species, visit the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda, tour the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
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