Saturday, September 18, 2010

Qld - Winton

Winton is a very typical western Queensland town with lots of pubs, beautiful old buildings, wide streets, the main one divided by a treed and grassed strip. The country side is very barren and I always wonder what the cattle eat. They all look very healthy so there is good “tucker” somewhere.

Winton is famous for being the town where Banjo Patterson’s “Waltzing Matilda” was written and first performed. In the main street is a “jolly swagman” statue and dinosaur footprint rubbish bins as Winton is part of the "dinosaur trail."

110 klm out of town at Lark Quarry is the world’s only record of a dinosaur stampede. Apparently a huge carnivorous dinosaur ran into a herd of smaller ones causing the panicked rush. In town there is a life-size diorama of these foot prints and many bones which was fascinating to view.

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