Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park

Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park

Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park
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The dinosaur trackways at the Dinosaur Stampede were formed 95 million years ago when outback Australia was a vastly different place. In stark contrast to the arid climate of today, the landscape was characterised by a great river plain, with towering conifers and lush vegetation interspersed with sandy channels, swamps and lakes brimming with freshwater mussels, lungfish and crocodiles. The climate was humid and cool with an average rainfall of over one metre. It was in this setting that a herd of at least 150 small, two-legged dinosaurs, including carnivorous coelurosaurs about the size of chickens and slightly larger plant-eating ornithopods, came to drink at the edge of a lake. What happened next is immortalised in stone! Over 3,300 footprints of these long-extinct dinosaurs are scattered over the rock face, stark evidence of the terror they must have experienced as they fled the scene upon the arrival of a large theropod. This snapshot of a few terrifying moments has been frozen in time, immortalising the event and making Lark Quarry Conservation Park home to the only known dinosaur stampede in the world. Truly an experience not to be missed!
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  • goughsix
    19 contributions
    Educational visit
    Wow! The facts and figures so hard to comprehend 95 million years old! So interesting, well presented and the loop walk allowed you to imagine why it took so long for these footprints to be uncovered and discovered! The building itself is awesome!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • WoodgateFamily
    Brisbane, Australia276 contributions
    Interesting looking back deep into the past.
    Make sure you prebook, as this is in the middle of nowhere and we did actually see someone get turned away after driving 110kms to get there. A lot of the road is unsealed but suitable for all vehicles. Nice facilities that blend beautifully into the landscape. The tour is good and it is interesting to see the site. The walk around the area is stunning and well worth taking the time to do.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Navigator39411103421
    9 contributions
    Amazing Sight to See
    WOW. This was amazing to see the footprints and hear the story of the stampede. Very informative guide who was eager to please. Had some great little walks at the Quarry and made you feel as if a dinosaur would come out at any minute. Worth the drive out with some parts of the road being dirt.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 28, 2023
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia7,550 contributions
May 2021
It’s unique, authentic and we loved it! Driving from Winton, some of the road is gravel and bitumen and took us about a 1.5hrs - but boy was it worth it. Great countryside along the way too. The complex had a shop, amenities and an outdoor seating area. We went on the 11am tour - duration was 45mins and cost $25 each for seniors. The preserved Dinosaur stampede trackway is inside an air-conditioned building and the viewing platform is above it. The mound in the middle of the display will never be uncovered to protect the footprints (from around 95 million years ago) in case the ones on display are damaged. You can go for a walk on the Spinifex trail outside also. One tip though .. look out for the flies! Man, oh man! Outside they were everywhere and so thick – suggest you pop a fly net over your hat. This stampede trackway is a must see which you won't see anywhere else in the world!
Written April 29, 2022
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melbourneros
Point Lonsdale, Australia333 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples

Long 110km drive over half unsealed road to get to the Dinosaur Stampede
Monument as it is now called. . Dramatic entrance and small display of fossils around cafe . Too small a space for adequate social distancing with 30+ people so we stayed outside . Enthusiastic staff member showed us to small theatrette for 15 min overview of the history of the site . Benches too crowded. I couldn’t see much scientific evidence. Curtains in theatre opened to reveal undercover footprints of three types of dinosaurs. Hard to hear the presenter in large space and laser pointer ineffective for large space and large group.
Written July 26, 2020
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ragriff
Sydney, Australia167 contributions
Aug 2022
Most of the 210 km road out to this site is unsealed and in places very rough however If your mode of transport can handle it it is a must do. The information centre is a great respite from the sun(and heat) and there is a nice little cafe if you have time to spare. We had previously bought a composite ticket which is able to get access to all four dinosaur sites and greatly saved us the single day entry fee. The guide was incredibly informative with lots of information on what was going on on the mudflats in the possibly 2 to 5 minutes of the stampede that occurred 98 million years ago.
There are two walking tracks that are accessible through the cafe, one 750 meter walk to a lookout is worth the effort, the longer walk should only be done on cooler days or if you are well accustomed to walking in the heat.
Written August 6, 2022
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KisuKali
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
A 220km round trip from Winton and a $30 entry fee to look at dinosaur footprints, only available as ‘a tour’ at certain (fixed) times. While the significance of the find is clear, the video shown to those on the tour is abysmal, both for quality and content. Much money has been spent building a climate-controlled shed to protect the footprints, but I doubt if the video bill was much over $50. If it was, they should seek a refund. There is so much that could be done with computer graphics to explain both the excavation process, and the stampede itself. As for visiting this site - yes it might be the only ‘dinosaur stampede’ site in the world, but until the Lark Quarry management lift their game, I do not consider it worth the cost of admission or the (considerable) cost of fuel to get there and back. Give this one a miss, folks.
Written June 13, 2022
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Salma56
Burleigh Heads, Australia235 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Travelling 110km to Lark Quarry, considering the road and weather conditions at the time of the journey means careful timing to arrive punctually is essential. Ample parking and toilets at the entrance were appreciated. The Centre has a wonderful, informative, covered walkway into the well covered and air conditioned “stampede” area.
Entering a small orientation area first, guides provide information and enjoyable audio visual displays which enhance the experience. Then, doors open and, there they are! Guides give detailed explanations of what scientifically the fossils suggest. Visitors stand around the safety barriers for this ( I forget the time but maybe 20 minutes) so it may be challenging for some people.
Outside, there is an opportunity to take two guided track walks through the area. Grandsons enjoyed “ walking where the dinosaurs walked.) Also as all covered picnic area which I suggest be taken with you. Be mindful of the distance of return travel. We enjoyed our unique experience.
Written November 6, 2020
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tamara3445
Brisbane, Australia93 contributions
Jul 2020
I was a bit sceptical on the story told as a Kangaroos has 3 toes and I am not convinced it was as they said it was. I also saw other imprints, but I wasn't going to spoil it for others. The kids loved it, so the main thing. There are loads of walks around the centre I would highly recommend. Remember this is outback QLD, so make sure you eat before going or bring plenty snacks. Also take plenty water, but you can buy it at the centre. I would highly recommend they add more souvenir items to their shop area as we would have bought more to help them get more funding for the up keep.

I would have loved the opportunity to go dig for Opals, so who knows they might offer more activities in the future as it is a long drive for a 30mins show. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity of flying it and the staff were amazing and came and got us.
Written July 14, 2020
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JennyPG69
Noosaville, Australia103 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
It’s hard to write a 5 star review - the actual footprint exhibit deserves it but the lady on the till was brusque and officious so not off to a great start.
Plus the tour guide was cheesy, made droll irrelevant ad lib comments, and was extremely nervous which took away the credibility for us.
The Audio/Visual part of the tour, although informative, was very juvenile (the iPhone has the same software) and really needs to be more serious and professional given the gravity of the find. Needs some professional marketing people involved.
We had to wait over an hour for the next tour (book ahead for sure) so we went on a lovely and very easy trail walk. The setting is just stunning.
It’s $30 for the talk and the footprint viewing.
It’s a 90 minute ish drive from Winton - half unsealed road but very well graded. It was dry season so much easier.
Saw lots of wildlife on the way including emus and eagles.
No amenities en route, so pee before you leave :)
There is a tiny cafe there, with push button coffee.
So in summary, they could do so much better because the footprints are indeed pretty cool but the whole package just lacks tourist appeal. Thank you.
Written August 20, 2020
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TravellingQldlanders
Morayfield, Australia907 contributions
May 2021
We are extremely lucky as a nation to have this internationally unique site. Firstly, to have a stampede of dinosaurs 95 million years ago, the by chance finding of the site and finally the preservation of the site. There are foot imprints of 3 types of dinosaurs a large theropod, who it is believed started the stampede amongst the chicken-sized theropods called coelurosaurs and ornithipods emu-sized. On site you can clearly see the 3 different footprints. The tour was well presented with a video initially then a walk above the stampede area. 110 km from Winton about 45% on reasonable dirt road, my 2 wheel drive did it easily - it is well worth the trip. You need to book ahead.
I haven't included any of the site photos because of copyright.
Written May 3, 2021
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Bev H
Brisbane, Australia214 contributions
Apr 2021
Loved it!
It's hard to believe you are standing where dinosaurs once roamed and the only evidence of a dinosaur stampede in the world. Incredible.
Our guide was informative and happy to answer lots of questions.
The day was too hot to walk too far to check out the countryside but the view was stunning nonetheless
I drove from Longreach to Lark Quarry which I would not recommend. It is 2 hours to Winton then over an hour along a dirt road to the quarry. It was a very long day.
Would highly recommend visiting if you are into history or just into dinosaurs.
Written June 9, 2021
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RobynW
19 contributions
Jul 2021
Vicki Jones of Red Dirt Tours picked us up at our motel and before we turned our minds to what she was offering for the day, we thanked her for the Rangelands Rifts and Sunset Tour she gave us the night before in which she told us how the rocks in this area were formed and then showed us how they deteriorate. We watched the sun go down while nibbling on a plate of cheese and biscuits and other goodies, and with wine to suit both red and wine pallets. The tour today included a tour of Carisbrooke Station (where Lyndon B. Johnson once found himself, by accident, or almost accident) before we got to Lark Quarry and the dinosaur stampede. The 'tour' started with a short film and explanation about the dinosaur footprints and how it is thought that they came about, then a curtain was pulled back and we could view the well-preserved footprints. Some of us did a short walk in the area before the 'tour'. Afterwards Vicki served delicious fruit salad for afternoon tea.
Written July 25, 2021
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