Meeting Muttaburrasaurus

The landscape of western Queensland is dramatic. After a good wet season, Mitchell grass grows thickly on the vast plains. Elsewhere the land is stony and dotted with clumps of hardy spinifex. But if you’d travelled this way 95 million years ago, the scenery would have been very different. In the Mid-Cretaceous period forests of conifers, lush ferns and flowering plants covered the land, watered by rivers and streams which flowed into a huge inland sea. And it was inhabited by dinosaurs! 

In August 2022, we followed the Dinosaur Trail through western Queensland, on a route from Winton to Richmond, Hughenden and Muttaburra, all locations where dinosaur fossils have been discovered. Put your Australian Dinosaur Trail Pass in your pocket and join us on a journey back in time to the land of the dinosaurs. 


There are dinosaurs on every street corner in Muttaburra.

The most famous prehistoric resident of Muttaburra, however, has his own special exhibition at the Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre.

In 1963, the skeleton of a previously unknown dinosaur was found by Doug Langdon on a property near Muttaburra. Later, when the skeleton was excavated by palaeontologist Dr Alan Bartholomai, it was named Muttaburrasaurus langdoni.

Muttaburrasaurus lived in this part of northern Queensland between 112 and 103 million years ago. He was primarily a herbivore although the shape of his jaw and teeth suggest he may have also been a meat eater. 

The interpretation centre bearing his name features displays describing the discovery of the first skeleton, replicas of the fossilised bones and a timeline of the earth’s palaeontological history. 

While the fossilised remains of four more of these unique dinosaurs have since been discovered in other parts of northern Australia, the most famous will always be the one found near Muttaburra.


19 thoughts on “Meeting Muttaburrasaurus

  1. Wow, what a dramatic building! This has made me curious about how something like a dinosaur develops in the first place! But so interesting that it’s not quite the same as other dinosaurs. Do you remember if the notices mentioned any of the characteristics that were different?

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  2. [Hi|Hey There|Hello]
    What an amazing journey it must be to follow the Dinosaur Trail through western Queensland and learn about the prehistoric residents living there millions of years ago. The Muttaburra Interpretation Centre sounds like a must-visit destination for dinosaur enthusiasts!
    [Thanks again|Thank you|Appreciate the post]

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  3. That is a great museum. You would love the Natural History Museum we found in Mesa, AZ. It’s hard to imagine what life was like back then. Museums like these help give us an idea. Thanks for sharing.

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