Winton, Qld

Winton Attractions

Arno's Wall

Maybe this wall is the craziest attraction in Winton but you will have to see it to believe it. As the saying goes. ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and that certainly applies here. The locals call it ‘The Great Wall of Winton’. The wall is two metres high and extends for at least 70 metres in length. It is constructed of concrete and rock brought from the owner/creators opal mine at Opalton. It is studded with rusted lawnmower parts, boat propellers, vintage typewriters, sewing machines and even a couple of complete motorbikes. These are just a few of the items that are embedded into the wall. The owner/creator has even painted his version of how the Australian flag should look onto the wall. Every part of the Wall has a story, and if you are lucky, you may run into one of the locals happy to share these stories. Who would have thought that ‘rubbish’ would become a popular tourist attraction.

Turn north off the Landsborough Highway at Winton onto Oondooroo Street. There is a tower at the turnoff. Travel 350 metres then turn left onto Vindex Street. Arno's Wall is a short distance on the left.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum

This museum is located on top of a huge mesa plateau near Winton called “The Jump-Up", a wonderful attraction in itself, with huge rocky outcrops, cliffs, canyons and spectacular distance views . Self-guided walking trails let you explore The Jump-Up at your own pace. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, including some of our most famous such as Australovenator (Banjo) and Diamantinasaurus (Matilda). Not surprisingly, it’s also the site of Australia’s largest fossil preparation laboratory. Those interested in preparing dinosaur bones in the laboratory are best to book ahead to check positions are available on the day.

The museum turnoff is 13 kilometres east of Winton heading toward Longreach and is prominently signposted where to turn off. Travel for another 10 kilometres approximately on an unsealed road to reach the museum.

Corfield and Fitzmaurice Building

The heritage listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice building, was once the General Store in Winton. Today there is a life size dinosaur diorama housed there which offers an interpretation of the dramatic events of Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways. It tells of the Dinosaur Stampede, where small dinosaurs fled in terror from a ten metre Carnosaur leaving their footprints in the wet clay. On display are the fossilized remnants of an ancient environment with bones from ''Elliot'', the massive Sauropod that roamed nearly 100 million years ago. The Sauropod is the largest dinosaur yet found in Australia and believed to be close to 22 metres in length. Complementing the dinosaur displays is an exhibition of local opal with mining and gemstone information. The Corfield and Fitzmaurice Building, is a bit of a dinosaur itself. As the oldest building and 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.

Located in Elderslie Street, Winton

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways

This amazing historical site records a dramatic moment in time 93 million years ago, when the hot, dusty area outside Winton was once a small prehistoric lake. When a large flesh-eating carnosaur trapped a small dinosaur at the edge of the lake, around 150 coelurosaurs and ornithopods fled in panic. The mud held the footprints which later filled with sand and silt, before eventually compressing and forming rock. The trackways lay undiscovered until 1962, and were excavated by the Queensland Museum and the Australian Army between 1971 and 1977. Major conservation work was carried out to preserve this prehistoric marvel for future generations and prevent further deterioration caused by weather conditions. Trackways is 110 kilometres from Winton so allow up to two hours one way. There is no fuel, food or drinks available so make sure to pack an esky before you go and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.

Turn south off the Landsborough Highway onto Winton/Jundah Road. The road is suitable for conventional vehicles with approx 65 kilometres sealed road and 45 kilometres unsealed. Check current road conditions at the Information Centre before setting out.

If you would prefer not to drive there are several tour companies that operate out of Winton to Trackways. The operate regularly from April to September, and by appointment at other times of the year. For information about these companies, contact the Information Centre.

Rangeland Rifts

These rifts consist of the most amazing rock formation caused by natural erosion, which have formed corridors and caves. Fairy bats can sometimes be seen clinging to the rock walls of these corridors. This is also a high vantage point to view the spectacular sunsets one can only experience in the Outback. The rifts were used as a major location in the film, The Proposition written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat. The film starred Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, John Hurt, David Wenham and Emily Watson and was shot entirely on location in Winton with the Rangeland’s Rifts playing a major part. Access is only by guided tours because they are on private property. At this time, tours to the Rangeland Rifts are available only as part of a larger tour by Longreach tour company Outback Aussie Tours. Contact them for more information.

Located approximately 13 kilometres north of Winton on the Kennedy Developmental Road.

Royal Open Air Theatre

The Royal Open Air Theatre is an historic cinema originally established in 1918. It offers a rare opportunity to enjoy the movies the old-fashioned way – laid back in canvas seats under the stars. It is one of only a few outdoor cinemas still operating in Australia. Every Wednesday night from April through to September, you can lay back in your chair under the stars and watch a movie. There is a small museum inside the threatre that tells you about the cinema's history, and in one corner there is a very large canvas chair. According to the owner it is the largest canvas chair world wide. If you choose not to watch a movie you can still drop in during the day to wander through the Museum, and do the Opal Walk, which is a re-creation of an opal miners camp both of which are at the rear of the Gem Shop.

Located in Elderslie Street, behind the Wookatook Gift and Gem Shop.

Swagman Statue

Winton's principle claim to fame is that an incident at the nearby Combo Waterhole at Dagworth Station is said to be the stimulus behind the uniquely Australian anthem 'Waltzing Matilda'. The story behind the song is of a swagman making a cup of tea at a bush camp beside a watering hole. A sheep comes to have a drink at the waterhole and the swagman catches it for food. The owner of the sheep arrives with three police officers to arrest the swagman for theft. Rather than be captured, the swagman throws himself into the waterhole and drowns. It is said that his ghost still haunts the site.

A statue to the ‘swagman’, who was drowned, has been erected just outside the swimming pool in Elderslie Street, in honour of the legendary Banjo Patterson song.

Winton's Heritage Truck & Machinery Museum

Take a trip intoTransport History with a visit to Winton’s Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum which was officially opened at the Outback Festival in 2007. You will get to view fully-restored heritage trucks, tractors and machinery as well as photographic and transport memorabilia. It's a fun and educational day out for the whole family to enjoy. Open: 8.00am to 6.00 pm daily. There is no entry fee but donations are greatly appreciated which goes towards upkeep of the vehicles.

Located just over the railway line on the Kennedy Developmental Road/Hughenden Road. There is plenty of car and coach parking on site.

Winton's Musical Fence

This musical fence is the first to be installed in the world and what makes it all the more amazing is that anyone can drop in at anytime and play away on what is, in effect, a giant 5 string guitar. It was designed by percussionist and composer Graeme Leak. Graeme says that it stands to reason that fences are quite musical considering that they are a set of strung up wires just like a guitar or violin, but on a much bigger scale. Resonators have been installed which look a little like shelters over the top of the two 30 metre fences. Even on a windy day the music is clearly audible from the resonators. If you're not interested in taking up the guitar or violin, why not try making music on one of the outback's most common features. All you need is to grab a stick and head on over.

Turn north off the Landsborough Highway at Winton, where it is signposted to Hughenden. Follow this road for 1.5 kilometres, cross over the railway line and the 'Musical Fence' is situated behind the Winton Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum.

This page last reviewed on 29 Jun 2016