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.

Start your Outback Queensland exploration below!


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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.

Dig the Tropic

Multiple Locations
It's 23.5 degrees south of the equator and the natural wonders and diverse landscapes of Australia, Chile, Brazil and South Africa all share it. The Tropic of Capricorn lays the groundwork for a trail of real dinosaur fossils, ancient rainforests, sapphire gemfields and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the Great Barrier Reef?

Savannah Way

Multiple Locations
Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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