Waltzing Matilda Centre
Waltzing Matilda Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • crawfords37
    Coffs Harbour, Australia223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very worthwhile visit.
    There is a tourist information area and coffee shop as well as the museum in the centre. The staff were friendly and helpful on arrival. Found the whole history of waltzing Matilda song extremely interesting and loved listening to all the different versions that have been recorded over the years. The outside museum was also very interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Annette P
    Melbourne, Australia181 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A poem worth exploring
    Winton should be proud of the Waltzing Matilda Centre. We enjoyed our visit it was very interactive and informative. Outside is a cinema, train, machinery and farm implements. We had lunch at the cafe then went back in and finished off the outside of the museum. Picnic area outside if you prefer to bring your own.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Vinnie
    Redcliffe, Australia27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded expectations
    More than just the history of Waltzing Matilda the song. This was dealt with in great detail in the first room. Then there very interesting exhibits about rural life and a great display of artificats. Added to this was an outdoor area that contained a train carriage and other equipment from early last century. Better than the Stockmans Hall of Fame museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
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branson6
Lismore, Australia167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Interesting, not sure that I would go back, but if you are in town, it is probably a must see, depending on if you are into old things
Written 22 September 2023
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Vinnie
Redcliffe, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
More than just the history of Waltzing Matilda the song. This was dealt with in great detail in the first room. Then there very interesting exhibits about rural life and a great display of artificats. Added to this was an outdoor area that contained a train carriage and other equipment from early last century. Better than the Stockmans Hall of Fame museum.
Written 4 September 2023
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1953HappyCamper1953
Caloundra, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Every Aussie should visit this attraction. The story, information and memorabilia behind this iconic song are amazing.
Written 3 September 2023
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mijah
Adelaide217 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very disappointed. The women on the front desk are very unhelpful - all three of them (must be a sad place to work). Hardly any info on Waltzing Matilda as most was burnt in a big fire around 2015. It’s full of old wares, old vehicles etc but only a small bit on the actual song or on Banjo. We had gone to see the bush poet Greg North at the North Gregory pub (yes, his name is similar!) the previous night and watched his Waltzing Matilda show which was 100% better!!! Free, full of facts and very clever. Don’t waste your money going to the museum if you can see Greg’s show instead. We thought the museum was very expensive for what there was - obviously tourist is helping pay for the new building.
Written 29 August 2023
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paulen25
Brisbane, Australia298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A must do pilgrimage to a symbolic component of Australian culture. Great recovery from the fire when irreplaceable artefacts were lost. Informative and interactive displays and certainly worth a trip to Winton to visit this Centre. Well done.
Written 24 August 2023
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penrat2017
Gunnedah, Australia35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I was disappointed with all the hi tech inside the museum which to me was not a museum that belongs in the country – better suited to the city. The entrance price I thought was rather extortionate considering what was on display but I guess the $23,000,000 that it cost to build the Centre has to be paid for by someone. The only redeeming thing was the nice lady on Reception who looked after us.
Written 23 August 2023
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 6 day “Legendary Longreach and Winton Tour” with Outback Aussie Tours in October 2022, incorporating three nights in Longreach and 2 nights in Winton.

We enjoyed some wonderful moments in and around Winton. This review highlights the Waltzing Matilda Centre. However, other worthwhile attractions included the Australian Age of Dinosaurs; Carisbrooke Station; the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry; the North Gregory and Tattersall’s Hotels; Arno’s Wall; and the Willie Marr Fruit and Vegetable Shop and Market Garden.

The visit to the Waltzing Matilda Centre – one of the few museums around the world dedicated to a song, was our “ first cab off the rank” once we arrived in Winton, following a 2 hour, 180 kilometre bus ride from Longreach.

Here we enjoyed the story behind Australia’s unofficial national anthem “Waltzing Matilda”. The original lyrics to “Waltzing Matilda “were composed in 1895 by Australian poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, to a tune played by Christina Macpherson. In 1903, Marie Cowan changed some of the lyrics and wrote a new variation of the tune which remains the best known version of the song. The title of the song is Australian slang for travelling on foot (waltzing) with one's belongings in a "matilda", a swag slung over one's back.

I had visited this Centre with my younger son previously in 2002 and it was understandably much better back then, for reasons I am about to explain. It was, however, a first visit for my wife. During the intervening years in June 2015 the Centre experienced a major fire and lost many precious and irreplaceable “Waltzing Matilda” artefacts. It is therefore a wonderful “Phoenix rising from the Ashes” story and testament to the Centre’s tenacity to carry on in the face of such adversity. That they have been able to retain a new set of exhibits that still offers great appeal is awe inspiring.

The Centre, rebuilt following the devastating fire, is now housed in an impressive modern architecturally designed building. At the building’s entrance visitors are greeted by the equally impressive statue of Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson. The new building was opened by the then Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC on 20 April 2018. The Centre focuses primarily on the Waltzing Matilda legend and showcases additional historical aspects such as the origins of QANTAS Airways; Aboriginal cultural history; the importance of the local opal mining industry; and so much more.

The starting point for our self guiding tour was the Waltzing Matilda Room. Sadly, as mentioned earlier, the fire in 2015 destroyed so many priceless Waltzing Matilda artefacts and memorabilia that would have been on display otherwise. However, the collection on display, much of which has been donated by avid benefactors, still captures interest. One notable exhibit was a copy of Christina Macpherson’s handwritten manuscript to Banjo Paterson’s poem. A fun aspect was the novel record player that allowed one to hear the song played in many and varied versions and moods.

The dominant centrepiece in the Exhibition Space is the magnificent; round shaped Billabong Exhibit offering story telling through light and sound. There are several interesting exhibits dedicated of course to “Waltzing Matilda” as well as many other facets of Australiana history and folklore. One impressive exhibit was an excellent specimen of a large locally mined Boulder Opal.

Worthwhile visiting is the Outback Regional Art Gallery. During our visit we were able to admire an exhibition of the work of London artist Ian Alderman titled “Recovering The Past”, a timely photographic exhibition of a series of 25 thought provoking digital photographic prints documenting the physical and psychological consequences of the Great War. The images are stunning. They appeared to me to be real photos with watermark like images from the Great War superimposed in the photos.

The centre also incorporates the Tuckerbox Café where visitors can purchase, drinks, food and snacks. However, we did not partake of any catering during our visit.

Outside the complex towards the rear of the building is the Quantilda Museum with a fine display of railway memorabilia – there is a railway carriage with interesting exhibits within and also a BB 18 1/4 Class Steam Locomotive resting at the original Chorregon Station that serviced the small township of Chorregon between Longreach and Winton ( 74 km from Winton and 104 km from Longreach). This area also has a number of small enclosures housing a vehicle shed, a medical room, shearing shed, machinery shed and a bottle room and offering interesting exhibits. Also outside is the Sarah Riley Theatre where we could sit awhile and hear the story behind the origins of “Waltzing Matilda” as told by a swagman.

The Centre is well worth a visit and any visitor to Winton should not leave the place without seeing it first hand. It more than admirably showcases and pays tribute to “Waltzing Matilda” - our uniquely Australian and much revered National song – and for that reason alone a visit here has to be worth the effort.



Written 30 July 2023
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Annette P
Melbourne, Australia181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Winton should be proud of the Waltzing Matilda Centre. We enjoyed our visit it was very interactive and informative. Outside is a cinema, train, machinery and farm implements. We had lunch at the cafe then went back in and finished off the outside of the museum. Picnic area outside if you prefer to bring your own.
Written 16 July 2023
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Jenny
Brisbane, Australia39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
Poor customer service at the front desk. Some of the exhibits tech were not working.
Pretty ordinary. Outside was ok. Better than inside.
Written 16 July 2023
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crawfords37
Coffs Harbour, Australia223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
There is a tourist information area and coffee shop as well as the museum in the centre. The staff were friendly and helpful on arrival. Found the whole history of waltzing Matilda song extremely interesting and loved listening to all the different versions that have been recorded over the years. The outside museum was also very interesting.
Written 25 June 2023
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