Riversleigh Fossil Sites

Fossils showing the evolution of Australia’s mammals are forever preserved in limestone at the Riversleigh Fossil site in Outback Queensland. This World Heritage Site is located in the south-eastern section of Lawn Hill National Park and is worth a visit to see the well-preserved mammal fossils dating back 25 million years.

Learn more about the fossils
  • See the fossils in-situ at the Riversleigh D Site. This is the only section of the World Heritage Site that is open to the public.
  • Walk the Riversleigh Fossil Trail which will 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. 
  • Explore the landscape of Lawn Hill National Park.
  • Go further back in time and learn about the dinosaur fossils that are also found in 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.

Lark Quarry Conservation Park

Winton, Winton Area
Free Entry
Lark Quarry Conservation Park holds the only evidence in the whole world of a dinosaur stampede. The evidence: 3,300 fossilised dinosaur footprints from a time when dinosaurs stomped through lush rainforests and the outback looked very different from the way it is today.

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.

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.

Capricorn Way

Multiple Locations
Have you ever seen a real dinosaur fossil, experienced an ancient rainforest, mined for your own sapphires or explored one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? Do all these things and more with Capricorn Way's Dig the Tropic Drive.

Corfield and Fitzmaurice Building

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$5 - 5
Inside the heritage listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice building awaits one of the nation's most comprehensive displays of Australian Dinosaur fossils. Australian Age of Dinosaurs shows the results of the fossil fever that has gripped Winton since the first bones of 'Elliot' were found on a Winton property.

Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone.

Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni Replica

Muttaburra, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
The Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni Replica is a life sized statue of a prehistoric Dinosaur located in the RSL Park in Muttaburra. The fossilised skeleton of the first Muttaburrasaurus was found by local grazier Doug Langdon while mustering on a property in Muttaburra.

Wild Dog Dreaming, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Gregory Downs, Burke Area
The Wild Dog Dreaming walk is located within the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, one of Queensland's most scenic national parks. Situated within the remote north-west highlands, the park features spectacular gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils.
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