In the early hours of June 18, one of Outback Queensland’s most loved attractions, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, was devastated by fire.
In traditional Outback style, the resilience of the people has shone through, with the owners and residents already planning the rebuild of this special piece of history.
We thank everyone who has offered a kind word and support during this heartbreaking time in Winton’s history. We are so humbled that the Waltzing Matilda Centre meant so much to so many, and assure you that it will be back in business as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we want you to know that Winton is still very much open for business and there is much to see and do in and around town.
A temporary Visitor Centre has been set up in the main street of Winton to help you as you travel through the region, so make sure you stop by and say hello. The knowledgeable staff will only be too happy to point you in the direction of an exciting attraction, somewhere to grab a cold drink and bite to eat and tell you a yarn or two!
While in the region, make sure you check out:
- Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, where you can discover Australia’s prehistoric past
- Lark Quarry, one of the best-preserved dinosaur stampede site in the world
- North Gregory Hotel, where Banjo Patterson first publicly performed Waltzing Matilda
- Bladensburg National Park
- Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, which runs from 26 June to 4 July
- Outback Festival and all it’s crazy and quirky events, running from 22 to 26 September
While we say goodbye to the Waltzing Matilda Centre of old, we are excited about what the future holds for this attraction, and making it an even better experience for visitors in years to come.
Click here to read ‘A Waltz to Share’ by Graham Dean.
We hope to see you in Winton soon.