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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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.

Fossilised Forrest Sculptures

Alpha, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Created by Antone Bruinsma, the Fossilised Forest sculptures celebrates the Alpha areas rich collections of fossilised wood. Antone's sculptures reflect the treasures and mysteries of the ancient fossilised materials, which reveal a glimpse into prehistoric life.

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.

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.

Australian Dinosaur Trail

Multiple Locations
Follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed this ancient land. Australia's Dinosaur Trail encompasses the towns of Winton, Hughenden and Richmond which all have their own unique dinosaur stories to tell.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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