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.
Thank you for coming with us on our road trip through Queensland’s Outback. We saw dinosaurs and dunnarts, learned about iconic Australians and enjoyed spectacular scenery. This final post celebrates Western Queensland’s “big” things – some fun and quirky, others functional or natural. Let’s take one last ride around the Outback.
The Big Meat Ant – Augathella
“The Ringer” – Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach
The world’s biggest Van Gogh Sunflower painting – Emerald
The Big Red Chair – Charleville
In the Outback, bore water drawn from the Great Artesian Basin is a highly valued resource. The water is stored in towers or tanks which dominate the landscape in small country towns. Many are painted with scenes depicting the history or people of the town.
illuminated water tower – Julia Creek
painted water tower – Charleville
painted water tower – Augathella
painted water tank – Richmond
A mural on the wall of the newsagent in Winton commemorates the 1995 Guinness World Record for the longest road train, held by local man Alan Grant.
The Outback is a land of big skies and wide open spaces.
on the road between Hughenden and Muttaburra
sunset – Winton
And finally some Australian birds with big long legs, for Denzil’s long-legged bird photo challenge
white egrets – Judd’s Lagoon
brolga – Rubyvale