As the centuries passed, the climate and conditions became ripe for fossil formation which has resulted in the region being a rich source of marine, dinosaur and megafauna fossils, from Mount Isa all the way to Eromanga. This fossil material includes many different dinosaurs and several new species – the Eromanga dinosaurs for example are Australia’s largest dinosaurs, a new discovery! Skeletons of Sauropods, Pliosaurs, Pterosaurs – a flying reptile with a wingspan of four metres – shark teeth, ammonites, belemnites and a variety of shellfish have all been found, not to mention some more recent giants like the Eulo megafauna.
Visit the towns of Hughenden, Richmond and Winton on Australia’s Dinosaur Trail. Discover which prehistoric creatures once roamed the land. Learn of their life and times. Visit one or all of the fascinating museums that house reconstructed dinosaur skeletons and fossil displays.
The landscape around Eromanga, Eulo and Quilpie in the south west has also proven itself to be a gold mine for fossil hunters, when in 2009 Australia’s largest dinosaur, Cooper, a new titanosaur species was unearthed. Megafauna such as Diprotodon (commonly referred to as a giant marsupial bear) have also been found in abundance, and you can visit a life-size statue in Eulo. Keep an eye out for information on the Natural Sciences Loop highlighting these exciting attractions across the south west.