Lark Quarry

Lark Quarry, in outback Queensland, is currently the only recorded dinosaur stampede on earth. In this place, a large herd of small two legged dinosaurs gathered on the banks of a forest lake to drink. The herd is presumed to have been stalked by a large Theropod – four tonnes of sharp-clawed, meat-eating dinosaur. The herd panicked, stampeding across the muddy flats to escape the Theropod’s hungry jaws.

A record of those few terrifying minutes is cast in more than 3300 fossilised footprints. The footprints tell us about a cooler, wetter world, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the mammal’s time is yet to come. The Trackways are believed to date back to the Cretaceous Period, 95 million years ago. Approximately 3,300 fossilised dinosaur tracks can be viewed.

The Trackways are an important and irreplaceable part of our cultural heritage. The fossilised footprints had been sealed underground and perfectly preserved for 95 million years. But once uncovered they began to deteriorate - water runoff, dust, temperature and humidity fluctuations, wildlife and people damaged the Trackways.

In 2002, a new conservation building, based on environmentally sustainable design principles (ESD) was built. The Lark Quarry redevelopment was one of 32 Queensland Heritage Trails Network projects. The Queensland Heritage Trails Network is a partnership between the Queensland Government, the Commonwealth Government, and local communities to celebrate the Centenary of Federation.

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In July 2004, Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways was one of the first three natural environment inductees into Australia's National Heritage List. Winton Shire Council and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service jointly manage Lark Quarry Conservation Park and the Dinosaur Trackways. Queensland Museum provides ongoing Trackways scientific advice.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History at Winton is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. Not surprisingly, it’s also the site of Australia’s largest fossil preparation laboratory. It is located on top of a huge mesa plateau near Winton called The Jump-Up, featuring huge rocky outcrops, cliffs, canyons and spectacular distance views.

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