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. At the museum you'll see and hear about their exciting finds of unique dinosaurs that lived 100 million years ago, including gigantic sauropods and "Banjo", Australia's greatest carnivorous dinosaur. The Museum staff members invite everyone to be directly involved in this exciting initiative; to prepare a real dinosaur bone in their Laboratory, or book in to be part of a real dinosaur dig. With your help, they can bring the prehistory to life!... more
Tours are conducted hourly in both the Collection Room and Laboratory starting at 9 am daily. The last Laboratory tour is at 3pm and the last Collection Room tour is at 4pm.
Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your tour start time so that you have time to purchase your tickets and walk or drive to the Laboratory.... less
Children are extremely welcome. There is a cliff-top walking path from the Reception Centre to the Laboratory along which children need to be supervised.
The site is wheelchair friendly with flat paths and ramps.
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is located east of Winton off the Landsborough/Matilda Highway to Longreach. The Museum turn-off is clearly marked on the highway about 13 kilometres east of Winton. Dinosaur Drive, a gazetted gravel road, runs about another 11 kilometres to the Museum's location at the top of the mesa plateau called The Jump-Up.
There is an unhitching area at the foot of the Jump-Up for caravans being towed by 2WD vehicles.
The Guided Tour at the Museum covers two sites and visitors can take a 500 metre nature walk between sites or self-drive. There is ample opportunity for questions and discussion after each tour.
Those interested in preparing dinosaur bones in the laboratory - Prep-A-Dino - are best to book ahead to check positions are available on the day. Please contact the operator to make a booking.
Dig-A-Dino bookings must be made.
Free entry to The Jump-Up site and the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Shop and Cafe and magnificent free views.
As they are a sensitive natural heritage area, pets must remain restrained in the car park.
|Adult||$30.00||13 Apr - 31 Mar||Guided Tours of Collection Room and Laboratory|
|$16.00||13 Apr - 31 Mar||Guided Tours of Collection Room and Laboratory|
|Concession||$27.00||13 Apr - 31 Mar||Seniors Card required, Guided Tours of Collection Room and Laboratory|
|Family||$69.00||13 Apr - 31 Mar||Guided Tour of Collection Room and Laboratory; no limit on number of children as long as they're all yours!|
|Student||$27.00||13 Apr - 31 Mar||Valid Identification Card required, Guided Tours of Collection Room and Laboratory.|
Working with dinosaur bones involves patience, a good eye and a steady hand. Work undertaken in the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Prep Lab includes mechanical preparation of bones, restoration, repairs, consolidation of specimens, sieving, sorting of matrix for microfossils and helping to put pieces of the dinosaur puzzle together.
*Offer is subject to availability, bookings do not guarantee a Prep-A-Dino place until confirmation has been sent by an AAOD staff member and payment received. No children under 12. Children aged 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. All prices are current until June 2014.
* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.