Richmond is located 488km southwest of Townsville in outback Queensland on Australia’s Dinosaur Trail. The 417km Hughenden-Richmond-Winton circuit is rich in prehistoric dinosaur history and has all the evidence to prove the existence of these intriguing creatures.
Richmond’s dinosaur attraction is Kronosaurus Korner, a marine fossil display. The ancient shallow inland sea prehistoric to the area no longer remains but the fossils and vertebrate do. This extensive collection of marine reptile fossils is quite impressive. The most prominent discovery is that of the Pliosaur, an enormous marine monster named “Kronosaurus”. With a head estimated to be over 2m long, flippers of 2m and teeth of 30cm the carnivorous marine reptile was surely the largest, most powerful and most feared beast of the ancient seas. The centre is open daily from 8.30am-4pm and is located on Flinders Hwy in town.
Richmond offers free designated fossil fossicking sites
north of town. On the northern side of the Flinders River take the Mountain Creek Rd towards Croydon and 12km along is Fossicking Site 1 (Quarry Site) on the right hand side. This site is easily accessible and ideal for families and caravans. Fossicking Site 2 (Bush Site) is 12.4km from town on the left hand side and hammers and shovels are required here due to the hard ground. Toolebuc Formation limestone is exposed at these sites and the rock contains an abundance of fossilised sea creature remains, including clams, squid, fish, turtles and shark teeth. A Fossicker’s Licence is required and you’ll need appropriate tools such as a shovel, chisel, hammer, sieve and brush.
Another unique feature of the region is Moon Rocks. Formed by limestone, these rounded rocks vary dramatically in size and can be viewed at the Lions Park in town.
Lake Fred Tritton is a refreshing delight in the middle of the outback. Located next to the Lakeview Caravan Park on Goldring St, this fabulous oasis offers swimming, water sports and fishing. Fish species include Barramundi, Grunter, Perch, Cod, Catfish, Archerfish, Cherabin and Red Claw. The lake has a boat ramp, picnic and barbeque facilities, toilets and dogs are permitted. A 1.2km pathway encircles the lake and makes a nice strolling route.
Lakeview Caravan Park overlooks Lake Fred Tritton and is a lovely park to camp in. Cabins, twin rooms, powered and unpowered sites are available. Camping on the grass area with uninterrupted lake views is just gorgeous, particularly at sunset. The park is dog friendly and a welcoming place for pet owners.
Richmond and the dinosaur trail offer a unique holiday experience. Get a taste of the outback, top up your knowledge on prehistoric times and enjoy doing it.
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