The Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, is the site where over 3,300 dinosaur tracks mark the site of the only known dinosaur stampede on the planet.
In a remarkable piece of scientific detective work, scientists from the Queensland Museum have pieced together a dramatic tale of hunter and hunted from the footprints left behind.
About 95 million years ago, a herd of over three hundred dinosaurs, some as small as chickens (called Coelursaurs) and some about the size of an emus (called Ornithopods) were drinking on the muddy shore of a lake. The herd panicked and started a mad dash to escape when a large meat-eating dinosaur appeared close by.
The stampede was recorded in the mud, preserved by the natural environment, and immortalised in stone. In a unique twist, the footprints of the meat-eating predator at the Dinosaur Stampede have recently been shown to possibly match the foot of Banjo – on display at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
Now preserved inside a modern building, this amazing Dinosaur Stampede is accessible to everyone at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The starkly beautiful red earth and spinifex-studded landscape is a dramatic contrast to the moist green world that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. Located 110km south-west of Winton (half of this on sealed road); access is by guided tours only at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Dinosaur Stampede upgrade to enhance visitor experience
15th December 2014 - 1st April 2015
The Winton Shire Council is pleased to announce an upgrade and refurbishment of visitor facilities at the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry. The visitor experience will be enhanced with the construction of a second viewing platform to provide visitors with better access to new sections of the trackways.
The new viewing platform will also increase capacity to cope with the increasing number of visitors to the site. A new central platform will also enable the guide to present to visitors from within the trackways to better interpret the story around the stampede.
Winton Shire Council CEO Tom Upton was enthusiastic about the upgrade. "The Council is committed to balancing the highest quality of visitor experience with the protection and preservation of this important site. The Dinosaur Stampede Trackways are a unique tourism asset and of immense value to the scientific community."
Tourism Operators in the region are thrilled with the upgrade. Waltzing Matilda Centre Manager Neil McGilp said "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. Any upgrade that will enhance the visitor experience is a great win for the region and its tourism and business operators".
Work will commence as the tourist season winds down on 15th December. Due to the delicate and fragile nature of the site and the need to take elaborate precautions to ensure no damage to the trackways, the refurbishment will take just over 3 months and the attraction will open again in time for the start of the tourist season on 1st April 2015.
For further information contact Alan Rayment, Winton Shire Council 46572666 or email AlanR@winton.qld.gov.au.