Age of Dinosaurs Museum adds more attractions
Walk in the footsteps of prehistoric giants at Winton museum.
Winton’s Age of Dinosaurs museum is ready for a stampede of visitors after the unveiling of $4.9 million worth of new attractions.
The museum’s Dynamic Destination Project was funded by the State Government under its Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
The additions include two new sauropods which join 39 life-sized dinosaur sculptures and seven bronze pterosaurs (winged reptiles) already at the Dinosaur Canyon area of the museum.
The museum also has high-powered telescopes and new seating for Australia’s first International Dark Sky Sanctuary – the Gondwana Stars observatory.
It is considered one of the best places in the country to explore the stunning outback night sky.
Visitors can now walk with dinosaurs in air-conditioned comfort with the project delivering a new building protecting a fascinating dinosaur track of sauropods, ornithopods and small theropods.
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum founder David Elliott was excited to showcase the additions.
“The life-size bronze sauropods walking along the edge of the cliff at Dinosaur Canyon will create the most excitement – these animals are huge and very realistic,” Mr Elliott said.
“While the challenges of social distancing have brought some changes in our workplace, it is still very much business as usual at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
“Tourism in the outback is going to need all the help it can get to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and it is so inspiring to see the magnificent new attractions of the Dynamic Destination coming together.
“It is these kinds of things that will make a difference later.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe opened the project in May.
“With the new additions to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and the development of a Queensland dinosaur roadmap, Winton is gearing up for an outback visitor stampede this winter after above average numbers of tourists to the region over summer,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Some of the largest animals to have ever walked the Earth did so right here in outback Queensland.
“Winton and outback Queensland are some of the best places in the world to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs.
“Already, dinosaur attractions account for more than a quarter of all leisure tourism visits to the region and we’re anticipating that share will grow.
“The Australian Age of Dinosaurs is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world which makes Winton the place to be this winter for a unique visitor experience.”