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The Dinosaur Stampede

The Dinosaur Stampede Lark Quarry Trackways

What is The Dinosaur Stampede?

Imagine back to a time about 95 million years ago, outback Australia was a very different place, with forests and lakes as opposed to today’s dry and dusty landscape. Two herds of relatively small two legged dinosaurs gathered on the banks of a forest lake to drink.

But the herd was being stalked by a large Theropod (about four tonnes of sharp-clawed, meat-eating dinosaur). Sensing the Therepod’s presence, the herd panicked, and stampeded across the muddy flats to escape.

A fossilised record of those few terrifying minutes is cast in more than 3,300 footprints. These footprints tell us about a cooler, wetter world, and a story of the creatures that inhabited the earth long before we did.

The stampede is located in Lark Quarry Conservation Park, 110km south-west of Winton in Queensland’s famous outback. The Conservation Park is located in what is known as Jump Up country and is a spectacular landscape of spinifex and red earth which has been eroded to reveal ancient lake and stream beds.

Your first introduction to the Trackways are via the rammed earth entry building which houses orientation displays on the history of Trackways discovery and on the surrounding country. Once you get across the entry bridge to the main building, you can join one of the daily tours.

Guided Tours of the Trackways
The guided tour of The Trackways interprets the footprints, from creation to discovery and display. On the tour, you can learn about the geological history of the area and how the Trackways were discovered, after which you are taken into the Fossil Room to see some of the fossils from the Cretaceous period found locally. There is even a display of the food dinosaurs ate. The guide continues the tour in the Trackways Viewing Room, which displays over 3,300 fossilised footprints.

Take The Spinifex Walk
This 500m self-guided walking takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete. It features a lookout that offers spectacular views of the distant rolling Mitchell Grass downs which are surrounded by the characteristic red earth Jump Ups of the Conservation Park. A recyclable flyer is available to take along and assist in interpreting the local environment. Guests are advised to take a hat and sunscreen along for the walk. The Spinifex Walk is free for all visitors.


For more detailed information about the dinosaur Stampede, please visit their home page at www.dinosaurtrackways.com.au

Self Drive
If you’re planning to drive out to Lark Quarry, please note that there is no food, drink or fuel available, so please ensure your fuel tank is full and pack an esky with food and drink before you leave Winton.
Travelling on the Winton-Jundah Road direct from Winton, it is 110km to Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways. The road is suitable for conventional vehicles, with about 45km of sealed road, and 65km of unsealed road. Please check the current road conditions with the Winton Visitor Information Centre (Tel 1300 665 115) or the Winton Shire Council (Tel 61 7 4657 2666) prior to departing Winton. We recommend that you allow one and a half to two hours for the trip (each way) when travelling to the Conservation Park.

Tours departing from Winton
• Carisbrooke Tours, Carisbrooke Station – 61 7 4657 0084
• Wookatook Gift & Gem 61 7 4657 1296
• Visitor Information Centre 1300 665 115
• Matilda Country Tours, Matilda Country Tourist Park – 61 7 4657 1607

Tours departing from Longreach
• Outback Aussie Tours, Longreach – 61 7 4658 3000, offer day trips and longer itineraries that take in Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways. Please contact them directly to discuss options.

Photo: Supplied

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