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Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, Winton
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The world’s only known evidence of a dinosaur stampede, Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park contains 3,300 fossilized footprints of large predators, which stalked and caused the flight of around 150 two-legged dinosaurs nearly 95 million years ago. Research conducted on the site confirmed that these footprints were most likely made over a period of several days. It is believed that a large herd of small dinosaurs gathered on the banks of a forest lake to drink, when larger, meat-eating dinosaurs approached them, triggering a panicked stampede across the muddy flats. Visit the Conservation Building, which was erected to shelter this ancient site, for a valuable lesson about a cooler world before mammals, when dinosaurs ruled the planet. Put Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park and other Winton attractions into our Winton trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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A most unusual, educational and interesting place to visit. The preserved dinosaur footprints capture the imagination of young and old.
This is one of the most humbling of places I have ever been to. It is a beautiful drive in a very remote area to the so-called jump ups (mesas) where somehow, footprints left by dinosaurs have been pr... read more »
Took about 1hr15 from Winton and was a very easy drive. Was only open to 4x4 's when I went but wasn't bad. Our tour guide Grace was enthusiastic and informative. Amenities were extremely clean and ju... read more »
A single afternoon on the shore of a lake has been preserved for 95 million years, this alone is unique and spectacular and of course should be on your must see list. The road in is good however there are long sections of dirt and the dust as usual can be a problem. The facilities are excellent and the presentation is good. It is the story that makes this so special, the visible evidence is simply a lot of dinosaur footprints. However what I did not expect was the stunning landscape this conservation reserve is set in. The 'Spinifex Walk' is an easy short walk on a well maintained track with great views from the lookout. What made my visit truly memorable was the second more difficult walk. The scenery on this walk is incredible and one of the best I have done on my trip. This track is not well defined and only identified by trail marks and has some steep sections and a couple of backtracks were required to pick up missed trail marks. Even though it is not a long walk, I spent just over two hours with lots of photo stops you need to be well prepared before attempting this but the rewards are wonderful.
Noel I Am
The ability to see something that happened 500 million years ago preserved in rock in its actual size and location was a fantastic experience. The exhibition is well worth the effort to get there. The kids loved it.
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