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Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park

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Address: Winton-Jundah Road, Winton, Queensland 4735, Australia
Phone Number: 61746571812
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The dinosaur trackways at the Dinosaur Stampede were formed 95 million...

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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Worth the drive ...!!

It's 100 kms from Winton - with some dirt roads - but Lark Quarry is an amazing place to visit. There are several presentations each day - they are informative and interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's 100 kms from Winton - with some dirt roads - but Lark Quarry is an amazing place to visit. There are several presentations each day - they are informative and interesting - not overly long - and the actual preserved footprints are fascinating. Allow plenty of time to take in the presentation as well as the walking tracks in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated 100km out of Winton. This huge complex greets you but not so big once through the curtains into the stampede area (of course that takes nothing away from the work involved to uncover it all, just surprised) Guide was very informative but a lot of the tour involves watching a film before getting to see actual footprints. Unfortunately they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing day out. Fantastic facility but also awesome landscape. Do yourself a favour and arrange a day trip from Winton with Vicki Jones from Red Dirt Tours for a truly informative and enjoyable understanding of this stunning region.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting Winton, well this is a must see, Its 120 km out of town on dirt road but once you step into the preserved area its well worth the trip. Ver informative tour. To see the footprints of these prehistoric animals that have been uncovered and well preserved is truly worth it. Why not sit back and enjoy the ride... More 

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Thank Jeanette N
Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great conservation of the only known dinosaur stampede in the world. Very informative on how the stampede may have occurred and the preservation of this amazing site, the work and ups and downs of what we see today. Kids enjoyed the talk and seeing the footprints too! The dirty road wasn't as bad as we had expected, however have learnt... More 

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Thank Alice E
New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This leg of the Dinosaur Trail is also very interesting! Breathtaking landscape surrounds this state of the art building! A truly wonderful experience. They now do coffee and snacks and also are set up for EFTPOS even though the brochures say they don't. Worth the trip!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

This place is a 120 km from winton. The road is mostly dirt, it is rough and at times the road trains are scary. There are no facilities on route. however to see the footprints of dinosaurs from 95 million years ago in the only captured stampede was amazing. If you like dinosaurs then this is a must. The building... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We all loved Lark Quarry! The dinosaur stampede is well worth the drive and just fantastic. The tour is only 45 minutes so not long considering how long it takes to get out there but still worthwhile. Definitely do this if in Winton.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We loved it so much we did the tour twice and wandered the tracks around. The road out is quite rough, but accessable by car with time, however coming back on the Diamantina Road was so much more quieter and smoother but not accessible by 2wd due to large wheel ruts. The museum is brilliant, the opening explanations and movies... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

The children enjoyed the experience. It was not too long so they were not bored. Great staff. The road on the way in was average, the reward was more than worth it.

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