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Day 270. Australian dinosaurs

In May 2013 on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

sunnydinosaur

Queensland. Beautiful one day, perfect the next…or so they say.

It’s been the site of several disappointing school holidays for me – poor weather and childhood illnesses managed to collide not just once but twice – but now I have a new reason to visit.

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History.

Located in the town of Winton in outback Queensland, the museum sits in the heart of a district inhabited by very large plant eaters about 95 million years ago, and has the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils.

It’s even been listed in Lonely Planet’s top ten global places to hunt for treasure. Yes, members of the public can actually participate in digging for bones in Winton! It’s not cheap, but the entire week-long package does include accommodation, meals, facilities and a few tours.

This experience is now placed firmly on my bucket list.

Thanks to Richard Fidler’s In Conversation chat with farmer-turned-paleotologist David Elliot for alerting me to this amazing museum.

[image thanks to ashleigh290 on flickr]

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