Blogs from Winton, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton September 16th 2023

Our first two nights in Winton we spent about 4klms out of town at the Long Waterhole which was a lovely spot right on the edge of the waterhole. Lots of other campers but pretty well spread out so no one was on top of each other. Sunday we moved right into town to the showgrounds which is where a lot of people are coming for the festival which commences on Tuesday. Moved the van into town on Sunday as we had paid for 7 day park at the showgrounds, well set up with power and water and all facilities, showers and toilets etc but she is windy and dusty! Walked down to the North Gregory Hotel for dinner on Sunday night and it was better than the basic pub grub, we both thoroughly enjoyed our ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton June 12th 2022

I have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, and the Jurassic Park movies just heightened my interest. Winton was, thus, a must see town, being Australia's most famous dinosaur relic location. The caravan park we stayed in built a large camp fire each night for guests to mingle and share stories. Our first point of interest to visit was the Dinosaur Discovery Centre, located 13 kilometres out of Winton. We first went on a tour of the fossil preparation laboratory, predominantly staffed by volunteers who have completed a ten hour training course. We then attended a lecture on recent dinosaur discoveries in the area, including one of the largest dinosaurs ever uncovered. There were some fossils on display. We then took a train ride to a covered area where a large area of rock had been disassembled ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton August 11th 2014

We picked up Nancy at around 10am and set off to the Australian “Age of Dinosaurs” situated on the Jump Up about 25km out of Winton. A jump up is the local name for an escarpment with a flat table-like top, or mesa. There are quite a few in this area. They are the remains of the forest floor that has eroded away around them, leaving the rocky areas behind. It was quite a steep climb and mostly on dirt, at 10%, for a short while and they recommended people leave their vans in a lower car park. Ours is safe in Winton so no worries there, and the ute had no trouble in 4wd. We were met at the entrance by “Banjo” – a wonderful life-sized bronze, coloured sculpture of the dinosaur, an Australovenator wintonensis ... read more
The Laboratory Storage Area
Processing the Dinosaur Bones
Matilda's Bones

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton August 10th 2014

Today was the visit to the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry, about 110km away from Winton, with about half of it on dirt road. Nancy came with us as she also wanted to see it. The road was very rough in places and there were lots of humps and bumps, especially where the road had flood markers, which was often. We arrived in time to look around at the displays before our guide came. He took us into the Stampede, where we stood on a long boardwalk overlooking the footprints while he explained what they were. Basically, 95 million years ago, a large theropod called Tyrannosauropus (a raptor) had cornered a group of smaller animals, many the size of chickens (Skartopus Australis), and some plant eaters almost the size of us (Wintonopus Latomorum). They had panicked ... read more
The Rustic Dining Room at Tattersall's Hotel
Steers Have the Right of Way
A Dinosaur Bin

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton August 9th 2014

We set off towards Winton today and we saw Nancy leaving town as we headed for the Dump Point. She was parked by the side of the road so I rang her and asked if she was OK. She was, she had just forgotten to put on her extended mirrors. We said we’d see her in Winton, where we knew she was heading, too. The drive to Winton was an easy one and Barry did the whole 174km without a break. There were lots of changes of landscape, especially the colours of the soil, from golden to white to red. The trees kept coming and going along the way, too. We passed Nancy about half an hour out of Winton and soon after 3 kangaroos hopped across the road in front of us and disappeared into ... read more
Mesas Suddenly Appear on the Horizon
Barry Playing the Musical Fence
Arno's Wall, Winton

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton October 24th 2013

You would almost think there was inter-community rivalry on the Matilda Highway as to who got what when. Cloncurry, Winton and Longreach, for example, are the home of QANTAS so it seems. There appears to be less competition for the ownership of the song Waltzing Matilda, well, the words specifically. The tune? Well there are several explanations as to the music and its origin. Central to Winton's commercial life is the Matilda Centre. We were not sure what to expect, but it sure engaged us for more than half a day. The Matilda Centre, while giving the story of Australia's alternate anthem, also houses a very diverse museum from the district. The lesson for the day for us was the expression 'Waltzing Matilda'. Did you think it was a dance with Matilda? Well, it was kind ... read more
The Matilda Centre
The Billabong
The hologram diarama

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton June 14th 2013

Today we ticked another item off the bucket list, a visit to the Stockmans Hall of Fame un Longreach is a fantastic display of the life of a stockman, and the live show was a great look at the relationship between a stockman, his horse and his working dog. A must see for every Australian. Then hit the road to Winton, even though today's journey was only a relatively small drive, there is a lot of nothing out there. With little rain during the wet season, this part of Australia is well & truly feeling the effects, the sight if dead cattle along the roadside is a reminder of our harsh this country can be. Arrived mid arvo, $20 per head - 3 course meal tonight, sounds good, book us in. This was a treat, soup, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton November 4th 2012

Well it's been 8 months since I last wrote a blog. Largely because I've been idle and spent most of my non working hours surfing or chucking shrimps on the barbie. But it's also because once I arrived in Australia I was submerged into the normality of western culture and I no longer spent my days being chased by dogs; being accosted by Thai men; getting lost on active volcanoes; being rescued from sinking ferries or being stung by deadly jelly fish. Except for the odd Cane Toad licking bet Aussie life has been too civilised to blog about, until a couple of months ago when I decided to scrap my suburban hobo existence and take a stock mustering job in Queensland. Here I am, week nine of a thirteen week contract slap bang in the ... read more
Bath time
Dinner time
Time to chill out

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton June 15th 2012

Hi Eveyone, it's been a while since the last blog and we have travelled many kilometres since then but I'll backtrack to where I left off and slowly make my way to present time. Next stop was Winton, famed as being the place where Banjo Patterson penned the words to Australia's iconic song "Waltzing Matilda", the museum in town is a testament to all things outback! In more recent times Winton has become famous for its dinosaurs, large fossil finds in the area have made it a Mecca for paleontologists. There is the dinosaur stampede footprints at Lark Quarry, about 100k's from Winton (we didn't go there) and The Australian Age of Dinousaurs Museum situated about 15km out of Winton and perched on top of a small escarpment that rises above the plains. This private museum ... read more
A dip at Big Crystal Creek near Townsville
Stone bridge on road to Paluma near Townsville

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Winton May 6th 2012

It's nice to be finally back on the road after the considerable difficulties of the last 6 weeks. I'm not going to dwell on the problems but suffice to say we now have a new camper trailer and a new engine in the 80 series. So fingers crossed our problems are now behind us? We'd like to thank Jen's parents, Leon and Sandra for giving us a home for a number of weeks and feeding us way to well! Also we were assisted by some amazing people in Woolgoolga, what an incredibly friendly little town, thank you all so much. Well we hit the road again on Tuesday May 1 from Toowoomba bound for Mitchell, unfortunately we were hampered by numerous road works along the Warrego Highway which dropped our average speed to around 60km/h for ... read more
Outback Thunderstorms
"Beyond the Black Stump", explained.
QANTAS Museum, Longreach Qld.

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