After leaving Townsville we went to a place called Hughenden which is one of three main towns along the dinosaur trail. It was boiling hot there, 35 degrees and over. We first checked the local Dino museum, which introduced us to the Muttaburrasaurus.
The following day we went to Richmond. First we went fossicking (which is the profession or hobby of looking for fossils). I found rock containing fish mesh (which is crushed up fish bones), fish back bone, fish poo and a couple other things. Then we went to the info centre and the second museum which introduced us to the Kronosaurus Queenslandicus.
To cool down we went to a small water park near the lake outside town and that was nice. The best thing was that I met a woman who was travelling with seven baby kangaroos! And one of them was a northern nail tail, look it up, it’s very special.
The following day we went to Winton. In the morning I got woken up by a loud but luckily only brief thunderstorm. While mum and dad were packing up the caravan I got started on a joey rescue kit because the day before we listen to a podcast interviewing kangaroo dundee and his joey rescuing centre so me and dad decided to rescue some joeys if we ever have to. Well, on the road we found no dead mums and that is a good sign because it means the mums weren’t jumping in the wrong direction and it also means that my hart won’t break when I give it to the vet.
Winton is a pretty small town but had a lovely info centre and great food. That afternoon we went to the Australian age of the dinosaur museum. The first thing saw at the museum was a re-enactment of the time at Dinosaur Canyon. With a lot of dinos like Banjo who was a theropod and was found together with Matilda the sauropod. If you want more info on this unusual yet romantic couple look at “Romeo and Juliet” a romantic but also very sad told by my dad; just klick “Romeo and Juliet” and then you’re there. After a hot walk in the sun we went to the fossil preparation lab were many years of digs were patiently waiting.
The reason is because it takes a lot more time to prepare the bones than it takes to dig them up. To put this in perspective it could take years to prep three weeks worth of fossil finds.
Afterwards we got to see a couple of little videos of educated guests of how Matilda and Banjo would have walked and we also learnt that they were holotypes which means they are the first of their species.
The next place we went to which has something to do with dinos was the famous dinosaur stampede with approximately 3,300 footprints from at least 150 different individual dinos running across a mudplain about 95 million years ago. Now that’s a hand full.
I found it incredible. The three or four types of dinos included Banjo and three smaller ones who were supposedly his prey. Again if you want more info look at dads part of the blog and click on “Run!” or just klick it here. After all that dino we went to a place called Longreach. The next morning we went to the Quantas history museum.
We went on a tour to see three of the planes that had been retired and were outside, then afterwards we went inside to the museum. It was a well designed room with tonnes of info but I loved the part where you could fly a plane (in a video game of course).
Our next stop was Anakie. The caravan park we stayed at had a workshop where you could look for sapphires. I found a lot but, let me tell you the proses of finding them. First you tip a bit of soil into a double sieve. Then you shake it around so you get all the dust out. Afterwards you bring it to a washing bay to clean and moisten the rocks.
And then last but not least you must separate the two sieves and quickly turn them over to find your sapphires.
I loved looking for sapphires and I even got on the brag board which I am pretty proud of.
Later that day that we went to Takarakka caravan park near Carnarvon gorge. The river near the park was lovely. I got a cuddly playdate with Pennie the swamp wallaby baby and we saw both species of monotreme (a monotreme is a mammal that lays eggs but gives her young milk; the only two monotremes are the platypus and the echidna). The next day we went on a long walk in Carnarvon gourge. That afternoon we, once again, saw two baby platypus …
and that afternoon we saw the echidna too. Our next stop was Hervey bay.
Till next time, bye.