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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Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$17.50 - 20.00
Miners Heritage is Australia's largest Underground Walk-In Sapphire Mine Tour. Visit the Central Queensland Sapphire Fields and take an informative 40 minute guided Mine Tour, which is suitable for all ages.

Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$0 - 0
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.

Queensland Museum

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Please note: For the safety of the community, Queensland Museum Network, including Queensland Museum (Brisbane) is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
For the safety of the community, both the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are temporarily closed to the public from 23 March 2020 until further notice. Stay connected with #homewithQAGOMA.

Opals Down Under

Glenview, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Situated on the Bruce Highway on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Opals Down Under has one of the finest selections of opals you’ll see anywhere in the world. This magnificent display of opals will have your jaw dropping, your eyes sparkling, and give you opal fever in no time!

Red Dirt Tours

Winton, Winton Area
Red Dirt Tours is your Winton touring specialist and offers a number of tours to the spectacular natural and man-made attractions of the Winton region. Choose from a range of Winton day tours to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede, Carisbrooke Station, Bladensburg National Park, the Diamantina River, Old Cork and relax with spectacular outback sunsets.

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.

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.

Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park

Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area
From AU$25 - 35
Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, 36 kilometres west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway is an internationally known destination for thunderegg fossicking. Thundereggs or 'volcanic birthstones' are crystalline formations that occur when gas bubbles in molten lava solidify on cooling.

14 Day Dinos, Crocs and Gold

Multiple Locations
Start your 14 day Dinos, Cros and Gold journey from Townsville. Highlights include fossicking for gold, digging for fossils on The Dinosaur Trail, heading underground at the Hard Times Mine Tour in Mount Isa, meeting the world’s largest ever captured crocodile, spotting freshwater crocodiles on a Cobbold Gorge cruise and walking the path of a volcano at Undara Experience.
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