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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Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
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Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

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.

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.

Clermont

Clermont, Isaac Area
The town of Clermont is one of the most historic towns in northern Australia, having a colourful past, rich in drama and laced with tragedy. It was the first inland settlement in the tropics, making it a frontier town in the truest sense of the word.

Sapphire

Sapphire, Central Highlands Area
Can you guess what kind of precious stone is found in the town of Sapphire? Since the late 1800s fossickers have been finding these beautiful blue gemstones in the fields surrounding the town and now visitors can also try their luck.

Yowah

Yowah, Paroo Area
Yowah is ‘The Friendly Opal Field’ 165 kilometres west of Cunnamulla. It is the home of the Yowah Opal Nut and the Ironstone Matrix Opal, an opal type to be found only in this part of Queensland. Opal was first discovered here towards the end of the 19th century and production still continues.

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.

Cameron Corner

Cameron Corner, Bulloo Area
Cameron Corner is where the States of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet. John Cameron, the NSW Lands Department Surveyor, led the first survey party along the NSW/QLD border between 1879 and 1881.

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.

Opalton

Opalton, Winton Area
Home of Queensland Boulder Opal, Opalton lies 124 kilometres from Winton. Opal was first discovered here by George Cragg in 1888 and the first mine was worked in 1894. By the end of the decade there was a bustling township of 600 and Opalton became known for the enormous volume and quality of its opal.
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