Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park

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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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maws09
Cairns, Australia26 contributions
Apr. 2022
staff friendly informative and detailed commentary of how the prints came to be. well preserved in lavish building.
Written 9 May 2022
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Kellie H
Brisbane194 contributions
May 2022
Can only get there by 4WD or as I did, booked through Red Dirt Tours. I learned about the flora and fauna on the way out (110 km from Winton - half bitumen, half rough dirt road), which I wouldn't have learned if driving out in own vehicle.
Exhibit is extraordinary as are the guides who explain the well preserved stampede.
Written 8 May 2022
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia7,296 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 29 April 2022
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Colleen S
9 contributions
Apr. 2022
Just amazing! To literally see where dinosaurs have walked, and to imagine the scene that took place here, was just incredible. Out tour guide was very knowledgeable and really funny. We had a great time!
Written 24 April 2022
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lea63
Australia30 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
It was a very hot day when we visited but that was no problem. The exhibition is all under cover. The tour begins with a chat from the guide followed by an animated film explaining what you were about to see. You then move to the covered viewing area where the tracks are explained. Snacks and souvenirs are available and there are a couple of walks that you can do. Worth the drive out.
Written 22 April 2022
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Leslee C
Weipa99 contributions
Apr. 2022
WOW! This was a great experience. Well worth the drive (some parts of the road were dirt) and the guide had a lot of knowledge and the facility was simple, clean and gave good access to view the stampede. We went on the walks as well and it felt as if a dinosaur would come out at any minute. One of the best pieces of dinosaur history in the dinosaur trail. We went in the afternoon and basically had the place to ourselves and felt it was good value for the experience.
Written 19 April 2022
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John V
Hunters Hill, Australia311 contributions
Apr. 2022
A step into the past. Professional staff, extremely clean and so well presented. Go for an hour or go for the day and walk the quarry - your choice.
Written 4 April 2022
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Tony L
Port Stephens, Australia23 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
Long drive to a remarkable piece of little known Australian pre-history but what a fantastic facility & experience. This mind-blowing exhibit features the only record of a dinosaur stampede in the world. Our guide, Sarah was a delight & a wealth of information & knowledge. Even better, it turned out to be a personal guided tour as we were the only ones there.
Do yourselves a favour if you come out to Winton - you have already done a lot of kms to get here, 110 more won't hurt but is definitely worth it.
Hint: Do the Age of Dinosaurs experience (just out of Winton) first to get an idea of what the dinosaurs looked like & your Lark Quarry visit will all fall into place.
Written 21 March 2022
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Sarah W
Cairns, Australia72 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
Viewing the dino stampede is well worth the (mix of sealed and unsealed) drive from Winton. The stampede display is a one in a million kind of sight, it's really special and paints a very vivid picture of what took place 95-98 million years ago. Bec was an exceptional guide and her enthusiasm was infectious. We also enjoyed the nearby walking tracks which are very well maintained.
Written 18 March 2022
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SueJ
Newcastle, Australia60 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
We arrived early for the 9.30am tour. Lucky for us we were the only ones and after a coffee Bec our guide started our tour.. She was friendly, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. It is absolutely fascinating. It is a trek to get there. 110km south of Winton and still around 35km of dirt road. But it was so worth the effort.. We then Personally if I only had time for 1 site I would choose Larks Quarry. It was very enjoyable all round.
Written 17 March 2022
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