Dinosaurs and Fossicking

Sink your teeth into the prehistoric dinosaur history of Queensland’s Outback. Or try your luck at the old fashioned way of getting rich quick in the gold or gem fields of Queensland.
  • Take a road trip along the Tropic of Capricorn, starting at Yeppoon and roaming inland through Winton to Boulia, and you’ll uncover a living museum of prehistoric fossils and geological landscapes from a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
  • Put on your Palaeontologist hat and join a dig to dust off dinosaur bones or trawl through the impressive displays in the museums throughout the outback.
  • Visit the limestone Capricorn Caves to see fossils ingrained in the cave walls.
  • Fossick for dinosaur fossils at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
  • See the world’s best-preserved dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways.
  • Grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find in Capricorn.
  • Mount Morgan - one of the oldest mines in Australia.
  • Head to the Sapphire Gemfields for a guided mine tour and gem galleries that will leave twinkles in your eyes.
  • Hunt for a Queensland Boulder Opal in Opalton in Queensland's Outback.

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Capricorn Caves

The Caves, Livingstone Area
From AU$32 - 90
Capricorn Caves is the premier nature based attraction in Central Queensland. Here you can explore spectacular caves set in a limestone ridge and even spot little insectivorous bats in certain seasons.

Richmond Fossil Hunting Sites

Richmond, Richmond Area
Free Entry
Unlock your inner-palaeontologist and explore Australia’s ancient marine past at Richmond’s Free Fossil Hunting Sites. The ancient treasures of the Free Fossil Hunting Sites were deposited around 100 million years ago when Richmond was covered by a shallow inland sea.

Murgon

Murgon, South Burnett Area
Amid tranquil bush land and diverse farmlands, the historic town of Murgon, settled in 1846, offers a relaxed pace and the perfect base to discover the Barambah Wine Trail. The trail takes in the nearby winery area of Moffatdale where you’ll find the largest vineyard in Queensland and five vineyards and cellar doors within a 15-kilometre radius of Murgon.

Kilkivan

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Kilkivan is a small, relaxed country town with a unique ‘frontier’ feel. It was near Kilkivan in 1852 that gold was first discovered in Queensland leading to a gold rush. Many amateur prospectors still pan for gold in the surrounding countryside intersected by numerous small ranges and ravines.

Mareeba

Mareeba, Mareeba Area
Mareeba is an hour's drive west of Cairns and its multicultural heritage has given the region its distinctive flavour. The fertile district has a reputation as a food lovers' paradise which can be discovered by visits to tropical fruit farms, coffee plantations, wineries and the Mareeba Markets held on the second and fifth Saturdays of the month.

Miles

Miles,
Sitting at the junction of the Warrego Way and Leichhardt Way, Miles is a vibrant rural township known for its spring wildflowers and a well-preserved “living” pioneering history. Originally named “Dogwood Crossing”, Miles was established on a track blazed by the explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt in 1844.

McKinlay

Mckinlay, McKinlay Area
Located 104 kilometres south east of Cloncurry, McKinlay was named after the McKinlay River which was discovered and named by the explorer John McKinlay. McKinlay had arrived in New South Wales in 1836 and by 1861 had become such an adept bushman that he was chosen to lead the South Australian Burke Relief Expedition to search for the missing Burke and Wills.

Warwick

Warwick, Southern Downs Area
Sitting gracefully on the banks of the Condamine River, historic Warwick – known for its roses and rodeo – features some of the state’s finest original sandstone buildings. From here it’s an easy drive to explore the friendly villages and small towns of the Southern Downs.

Atherton Tablelands

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Tropical North Queensland is undeniably one of the most exciting and diverse regions to visit in Australia and the Atherton Tablelands sits at the very heart of it. With its breathtaking waterfalls, scenic vistas at every turn, impressive lakes, lush rainforest and rugged outback, a visit to this region promises to be one of great contrast, beauty and exploration.

Wycarbah

Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area
Without its main attraction, Wycarbah, to the south-west of Rockhampton, would be bypassed by most. This little town is located about 25 minute drive from Gracemere. However, as a result of an ancient lava flow, a great collection of rather ordinary looking rocks (on the outside) have congregated at a place nearby called Mt Hay.
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