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Dinosaur Trail Tour of Outback QLD (July & Sep 2023)

Uncover Australia’s prehistoric history across Winton, Hughenden and Richmond

Step 95 million years back in time on an incredible natural history tour! Outback Queensland has some of the highest concentration of dinosaur fossils across the towns of Winton, Hughenden and Richmond — and this unforgettable outback itinerary will show you it all in depth.

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DURATION
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6 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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  • free_breakfastDaily breakfast
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About this holiday

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Step back in time to the dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park

On Australia’s Dinosaur Trail, you'll visit prehistoric attractions in Winton, Hughenden and Richmond.

  • Visit the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampeded with 3300 dinosaur footprints from 95 million years ago.
  • Visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum to learn about the giants that roamed our region.
  • Travel to Hughenden to see Muttaburasaurus
  • Tour Richmond to see large marine fossils, learn where to find them, and try your hand at fossil hunting for your own collection.

Highlights Include:

  • Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park
  • Carisbrooke Station
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Australian Age of Dinosaur Museum & Sunset BBQ
  • Flinders Discovery Centre
  • Kronosaurus Korner
  • Rangelands Rifts & Sunset Tour

Inclusions

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Tour Includes:

  • 6 nights' accommodation with ensuite facilities
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • All tours, activities and museum admissions as per itinerary
  • Pick up and drop off in Longreach
  • Travel in an Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Savannah Guides Enterprise and accredited guide

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Longreach
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks and souvenirs

Accommodation

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North Gregory Hotel, Winton

The historic North Gregory is an oasis in the heart of this sun-browned land, promising the ultimate one-stop outback adventure in style and comfort. The hotel has played its part in many significant moments in Australia’s history and is an attraction in itself. It is a must-see in your ultimate outback Queensland experience. Since the original hotel was first opened in 1879 it has become a focal point for locals and travellers alike.

The Gregory’s rooms offer the comforts of home with ensuite bathrooms, access to balconies and complementary use of the open air Artesian Spa. Relax and enjoy all the amenities after your day of exploring the beauty of Winton. Onsite, you’ll find TAB, Keno, Pokies and a pool table for your entertainment with a delightful beer garden where you can relax and soak in the outback atmosphere.

Ammonite Inn, Richmond

The Ammonite Inn in centrally located in Richmond. The Motel has a licensed restaurant 'Rivers' and a swimming pool as well as guest laundry with washing machine, dryer and iron. All rooms are air-conditioned, with a bar fridge, kettle and tea and coffee facilities. Your hosts Jamie and Gayle look forward to providing you with first class service and an enjoyable stay.

Travel dates

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Tour commences and concludes in Longreach

  • 15 – 21 July 2023
  • 9 – 15 September 2023

From $2,999 per person twin share / Single Traveller $3,499

We can assist with flights from your nearest capital city to and from Longreach. Call us today on 1300 414 198 to secure your spot on this tour today.

Itinerary

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Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1 – Saturday – Arrive in Longreach

Make your way to Longreach. A pick up will be provided at the Longreach Airport for Qantas flight arriving at 12:05pm. Your Outback Queensland adventure commences with a welcome lunch prior to enjoying a pleasant drive through the Mitchell grass plains to Winton.

  • Stay: North Gregory Hotel, Winton
  • Included Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 – Sunday - Dinosaur Stampede

Journey through jump-up country to the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. Join a guided tour to see 3300 dinosaur footprints that show a snapshot of the ancient environment and dinosaur behaviour from 95 million years ago. Travel to Carisbrooke Station, a working cattle station to marvel at the natural wonders and history of this spectacular location. See the Three Outback Sisters, Meteor Lookout and just sit back and enjoy the open expanse of this rugged landscape.

  • Stay: North Gregory Hotel, Winton
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 – Monday - Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Spend the morning visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the first museum in the world dedicated to a song and wander the shops of Winton. In the afternoon visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum with the largest collection of Australian dinosaur bones in the world. Hear how the bones are surfacing and are dug up right here in the Winton region and remain in the area to be prepared and added to an amazingly progressive dinosaur museum. You will see real bones and professional animation to recreate the dinosaurs before your eyes. Stay on the jump-up and enjoy a sunset Barbeque dinner.

  • Stay: North Gregory Hotel, Winton
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 – Tuesday - Hughenden and Richmond

Travel north through grazing grasslands to Hughenden, home to Hughie the Muttaburrasaurus. We visit the Flinders Discovery Centre to see Hughie, other local fossils and hear about local geology before trying our hands at finding our own fossils – shells, molluscs, fish, squid, you never know what you will find. We then head west in the afternoon to the town of Richmond.

  • Stay: Ammonite Inn, Richmond
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 – Wednesday - Richmond

Richmond – home of marine fossils from approximately 100 million years ago. We visit Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, and visit their current dig sites to see how they find and dig these massive creatures out of the ground.

  • Stay: Ammonite Inn, Richmond
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 – Thursday - Winton

Travel back to Queensland’s Top Tiny Tourism Town of Winton where we will enjoy a leisurely lunch. Later in the day we will explore the narrow rocky channels (rifts) that erosion has created on Rangelands Station before enjoying the sunset and spectacular views from the sunset lookout.

  • Stay: North Gregory Hotel, Winton
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 – Friday – Farewell

Leaving Winton on our final journey to Longreach for lunch. Your Dinosaur Trail experience concludes with a transfer to the Longreach Airport for flight departing at 2:35pm.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Questions

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Recommended Flights for tour

  • Saturday – QF2532 Depart Brisbane 0905 Arrive Longreach 1205
  • Friday – QF2533 Depart Longreach 1435 Arrive Brisbane 1630

Want to avoid the single supplement? If you're willing to share, we can happily pair you with another solo traveller. Subject to COVID-19 vaccination, availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share, otherwise a single room rate will apply.

What do I bring? – Bring the essentials

  • A full water bottle (bus will carry additional drinking water for you to refill from)
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Comfortable footwear
  • For sunsets it is advisable to bring a jacket in the winter months
  • And of course, a sense of humour and adventure

Is there a toilet on board the bus?
The bus in not equipped with a toilet and on some tours there are few toilet facilities along the way. Please use the facilities prior to boarding.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

  • Minimum of 10 passengers are required for tour to proceed.
  • Non-Refundable deposit of $200 per person is required within 7 days of booking.
  • Final payment due no later than 45 days prior to travel.

Red Dirt Tours (the operator) operates in remote and rugged regions where facilitates and services are either very limited or non-existent. Despite our best reasonable endeavours will be made to keep to arrival/departure times but no guarantee can be given and the operator will not be liable for any costs incurred through delay, change in itinerary or failure to connect with any other service. The operator will not accept responsible for any problem, complaint or claim resulting from the provision of a service or failure to provide a service by any transportation, accommodation or other supplier who may supply a service at the request of the operator. The operator reserves the right to exclude any passenger from a tour at any time if in the opinion of the operator that person may appear likely to risk the health or safety or comfort of other passengers or themselves, or in the event that person commits any illegal act. In any such circumstances the operator will not be liable to pay any compensation whatsoever.