Are you planning a holiday or wanting to find things to do in Winton? Well, you have come to the right place!
Winton was first settled in 1875 and was originally known as the ‘Pelican Waterhole’. Situated in the centre of Matilda Country, Winton is home to Banjo Patterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’, birthplace to Qantas, Queensland’s Boulder Opal and is linked to the 1891 Great Shearers’ Strike. This charismatic town is renowned today, as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of Australia’, with extensive rich history and culture.
The township features the world’s largest Australian dinosaur fossil collections, with the first prehistoric discovery dating back to 1962, on Cork Station. The largest dinosaur skeleton, a 20-30 tonne Sauropod, nicknamed ‘Elliot’, was discovered here in recent times. It is also home to the world’s only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede, the ‘Dinosaur Trackways’, at Lark Quarry Conservation Park – a national monument not to be missed!
Australia’s national airline, Qantas, was formed in Winton in November 1920, with its initial board meeting being held in the Winton Club on 21st February, 1921. The township is also famous for its Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum, its growing film scene, dubbing the “Hollywood of the Outback” title, as well as hosting the Australian ‘Dunny Derby’.
Its artesian bore water supply, sourced from the Great Artesian Basin, is a great place to relax after a long day of exploring. Winton features the world’s first permanent musical fence installation, the Old Cork Station’s vintage sandstone homestead and is also famous for its opal mining.
Queensland’s unique Boulder Opal is sourced here in the Winton region and you are welcome to try your hand at fossiking, with day trips available from Winton to Opalton, one of Queensland’s oldest opal fields. The fields are located within the ‘Winton Formation’, a 300 kilometre wide belt of Cretaceous sedimentary rock that stretches 1000 kilometres, from the NSW border at Hungerford, stretching west of Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Longreach and Winton to Kyuna.
The town is best known as the place where Banjo Patterson wrote Australia’s unofficial anthem, ‘Waltzing Matilda’, at Dagworth Station in 1895. Legend has it that it was first performed in public at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel. The Combo Waterhole was also believed to have inspired the lyrics of the song. The home of Australian bush poetry, Winton, also hosts one of the country’s most prestigious literary awards, the annual Bronze Swagman Award every year.
The diverse region features stunning wide sweeping Mitchell Grass plains, segmented by spectacular ridges and gorges. The rippling and undulating nature of the outback landscape here provides the perfect place for teaming bird and animal wildlife. With so many things to do in Winton, it’s one must-see town on your next trip through the Queensland Outback!
Experiences in Winton
Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences.
Winton Outback Film Festival
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, non-profit organisation created by the passion and drive of the Winton locals and thanks to several visionary partners. This iconic community in the heart of the Australian Outback, is the birthplace of Qantas and its reputation as “Hollywood in the Outback” is emerging in recent times. Several major movie productions including Nick Cave’s “Proposition” and Ivan Sen’s “Mystery Road” and “Goldstone” have been filmed right here.