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Central West – Matilda Country

The Central West’s story spans millions of years and its rich tapestry continues to this day. Near the town of Winton, fossil discoveries are being made that were previously unknown to science, in what is being termed a ‘fossil rush’. Join the Queensland Museum teams on a dig as a volunteer and learn more about the areas prehistoric roots.

If you’re more into ballads than bones, Winton is also considered to the home of Australian bush poetry and the iconic ballad by Banjo Paterson, ‘Waltzing Matilda’. There is even an entire museum (the Matilda Centre) dedicated to the poem.

The Central West allows you to walk in the footsteps of those who shaped the cultural heritage of our nation. The pastoral industry, great Australian innovations and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity are the threads that weave their way through Australian identity to this day.

Learn more about how our nation took flight at the Qantas Founders Museum and explore our outback heritage at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.

And as always, a huge part of this story is also the landscape. Bladensburg National Park just 17km from Winton offers spectacular views across vast grasslands as you stand on flat-topped mesas.

You can also hide from the heat of the day under the shade of giant gum trees on the banks of the rivers that meander across the plains. After rain, you’ll see wild flowers blossom amongst the spindly Spinifex grass.

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