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Dinosaur tourist trail puts tourists in the heart of history

Australia’s very own Jurassic Park is open for tourists, but visitors can get closer to the fangs and claws of history without any fear (as long as international tourists have their Australian Travel Visa!).
10 November 2009
Australia’s outback Queensland is a treasure trove of Australian dinosaur fossils as the former site of an inland sea full with marine reptiles. Other dinosaurs lived around the edges of this sea, and as waters receded more than 100 million years ago the huge floodplains left behind perfectly preserved dinosaur bones.

Dinosaur discoveries in the Winton, Hughenden and Richmond areas of outback Queensland have been found as long as eighty years ago but within the last ten years some uniquely Australian species of dinosaur have been found.

These ‘bone beds' are now considered one of the major dinosaur quarrys in the world, and the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways near Winton are the world's only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede, which and inspired the stampede scene in Steven Spielberg's movie Jurassic Park.

In Richmond, visitors can watch the resident curator preparing newly found fossils for display, or try their own hand as fossicking. Finds can be brought back to the curator for identification.

To visit the dinosaur trail, or any other Australian attraction, foreign nationals will need to have an Australian Travel Visa. The most common is the ETA Visa, which can now be applied for online. As it is approved almost instantly and electronically attached to your passport you could be ready to go within minutes.