There is always lots happening at the Winton Outback Motel. This page is a window to just some of the interesting things and fascinating people who stay with us. Click on each image to to see a larger version and read about it.
Inside the heritage listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice building awaits one of the nation’s most comprehensive displays of Australian Dinosaur fossils. Australian Age of Dinosaurs shows the results of the fossil fever that has gripped Winton since the first bones of ‘Elliot’ were found on a Winton property. ‘Elliot’ was a Sauropod and is the largest dinosaur yet found in Australia – believed to be nearly 22 metres long. The display features the fossilised remnants of an ancient environment with bones from ‘Elliot’, the massive Sauropod that roamed nearly 100 million years ago on display. To get a snapshot view of what the world might have been like back then, see the life size diorama of the Dinosaur Stampede, recreating the scene where small dinosaurs fled in terror from a ten metre Carnosaur. Complementing the dinosaur displays is an exhibition of local opal with mining and gemstone information. The Corfield and Fitzmaurice Building, once Winton’s general store, is a bit of dinosaur itself! As the oldest business in Winton, its own history has been set out in a graphic panelled display. Also within the complex is Combo Crafts, which sells a range of attractive pottery, jewellery, and other craft items.
Entry to the Qantilda Museum is via Elderslie Street, through Christina MacPherson Cottage. Open: Daily 9am – 4pm Admission: Adult $10, Concession $8, Children 5 -15 $3.50, Children under 5 – Free, Family $23, Groups by arrangement. A visit to the Qantilda Museum is an essential Winton experience. Operating since 1972, Qantilda was a part of the Waltzing Matilda Centre complex, showcasing an extensive and diverse collection drawn almost exclusively from the Winton region. Visitors can explore: The treasure trove of history with Christina Macpherson Cottage Tools for working the land in the Machinery Shed and Vehicle Shed How Winton rode ‘the sheep’s back’ in the Shearing Shed A BB 18 1/4 Class Steam Locomotive resting at the original Chorregon Station
A community based, volenteer organisationdedicated to the preservation and presentation of Australia’s road transport heritage and adding another interesting attraction to Winton’s thriving tourism industry.From its humble beginning with a small number of heritage trucks, it’s been full steam ahead at the Museum as the collection grows and so does the need for buildings. Highlights of the collection are… 1899 Winton Pheaton (used to trial the first motorized mail run in Australia in 1910 and a 1890 Ruston Stationary Steam engine, Leyland Buffalo, 1934 Fargo, Model T Fords, Vintage Fire Engines plus many more vehicles shown in pristine condition. A new display in the Museum is ‘Toots’ M A N Truck. Toots was a female legend in the trucking industry. View our new Story Board and Audio Exhibition ‘Life on the Road’ as we part tribute to our transport pioneers.
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of planning involved when it comes to travel. There’s so much to see, and so little time. And when you’re trying to organise everything on your own, sometimes sightseeing can lead to burnout. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At the VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK TOUR COMPANY, we take care of the planning, so you can spend more time relaxing, and soaking up the sights. We invite you aboard GIDGEE — a fully air-conditioned off-highway coach — that will take you to places inaccessible to most. Gidgee will take you through some of the most beautiful country on the planet. Whichever way you look, there will always something to take your breath away. Panoramic windows offer a perfect view of the landscape, and our tour guide — MORTON — will ensure that there is never a dull moment. If you’ve got a question, he’ll either know or find the answer for it. No stone will be left unturned. Combining military and bush experience, local knowledge, and a keen sense of humour, you’ll quickly discover that this adventurer is never without a good yarn. All our tours include country comfort tucker prepared by Winton’s finest chefs. So you don’t even need to worry about packing a lunchbox. There’s no better, or more relaxing, way to explore Winton or Outback Queensland. It’s something you’ll never forget.
A modern wonder of art and architecture, Arno Grotjahn’s wall contains almost every household item you can imagine and more. The walls reach two metres high and extend for at least 70 metres. They are constructed of concrete and rock brought from Arno’s opal mine at Opalton and studded with rusted lawnmower parts, boat propellers, vintage typewriters and sewing machines and even a couple of complete motorbikes. Every part of the Wall has a story, and if you are lucky, you may run into one of the locals happy to share them A bit about the Architect Arno was born in 1930 and spent his youth as a merchant seaman travelling the world. He immigrated to Australia from Germany some 30 years ago and spends his time in and around Winton opal mining.
Day tours from Winton has never been this easy. There are so many things to see in Winton and around the region and now you can park the car, van or motorhome for a couple of days, take a break from driving and sit back, relax and let me take the dirt roads for you! Red Dirt Tours is a locally owned and operated business – your Winton touring specialist – and offers a number of tours to the spectacular natural and man-made attractions of the Winton region. Each location has its own unique characteristics and I love nothing more than to show you our backyard. As we travel along the outback roads I will let you know about things that you see and the people and processes that made it happen.
An Australian Age of Dinosaurs Experience In 2015 Winton Shire Council invited the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History to take over the operation of public guided tours at Dinosaur Stampede National Monument. This joint initative, implemented in April 2016, provides visitors with a broader understanding of unique Australian dinosaurs and the world they inhabited. Dinosaur Stampede Roars Back The Winton Shire Council is pleased to announce The Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park will reopen on Friday the 3rd July 2015. The Council has completed a major refurbishment of the facility. The refurbishment will deliver an enhanced visitor experience. An extended viewing platform extending toward the trackways will enable visitors to fully appreciate the tracks. Complementing the enlarged viewing platform is state of the art audio and lighting that will ensure this amazing natural phenomena is highlighted to all who visit the Dinosaur Stampede complex. Winton Shire Council Mayor Butch Lenton is enthusiastic about the upgrade. “Lark Quarry is a very popular tourist destination and an important element to the Winton landscape. The refurbishment project has significantly enhanced the experience while providing a safer site. Our guides also look forward to welcoming visitors and explaining the story of the dinosaur stampede”. Winton is acknowledged as the Dinosaur Capital of Australia. The twin attractions of Australian Age of Dinosaurs and the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry draw tens of thousands of visitors to Winton annually. The upgrade will enhance the visitor experience and is a great win for the region. Location and Contact Details: Dinosaur Stampede National Monument is located 110km south-west of Winton (half of this on sealed road); access is by guided tours at 9.30am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm – times will vary in Summer.
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is a world-class organisation and home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. Australian Age of Dinosaurs Ltd. (AAOD) is a western Queensland based, non-profit organisation which draws support from across Australia. We rely on volunteer effort and the contributions of interested people and sponsors. Our mission statement is: “To encourage, promote and facilitate the discovery, preservation and display of fossil material from the age of dinosaurs within Australia.”