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“You can get hands-on with real Australian dinosaur bones!”

Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Winton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a museum focused on Australia’s evolutionary history, in particular the discovery, conservation, and research of Australia’s dinosaurs. It is a working museum – an education resource, research facility and tourist attraction. It features:• World’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils• Most productive fossil preparation laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere• Work on real, 95 million-year-old dinosaur bone fossils found in the Winton area• Spectacular views from the top of a giant mesa with striking rocky outcrops and canyons; walking trails; animal and bird life; it’s a photographer’s paradise!
Reviewed 5 August 2011

As you arrive on The Jump Up, a giant mesa in the Winton Landscape you know you are visiting a special part of the countryside. To start there are the fantastic views over the district, but then you get to see the actual museum with real dinosaur bones found below on the actual landscape you are viewing. Spectacular experience hearing about the discovery of the bones and seeing them, you can even get to touch them and have your photo with them. Do the tour, its the only way to see the bones. You can even stay on in Winton and do hands on preparation of bones. I went on their annual Dinosaur Discovery week and got to dig up real bones. So exciting and well worth the trip! Just loved the whole outback QLD experience, the friendly people and real dinosaur bones!

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Reviewed 11 July 2011

We visited Australian Age of Dinosaurs from Winton, and it's about a 20 minute drive, on an unsealed road once you turn off the highway. You are only able see the fossil bones and the fossil preparation area by taking a tour. Our tour guide, George, was friendly and informative, and very patient in answering endless questions from our kids (8 and 10). The dinosaur bones are extraordinary, as is the story of how they are being found and dug. There is a new interpretive Centre being built, which will add to the experience. The setting is spectacular, on top of a mesa or "jump-up" with great views back across the black soil plains. There's also a short walk you can do (20 mins return) which takes you along a ridge to where the new Centre will be situated. There is no food or drink available at AAOD, so take your own and have a picnic. Volunteers are able to work on fossil preparation, but must book well ahead and stay for at least a week. See their website for more information. We were inspired and fascinated by this place, and will certainly return.

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