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Queenslanders dig the Muttaburrasaurus

24 October 2022

Queenslander’s have voted the Muttaburrasaurus langdoni as the State’s new fossil emblem.

After a three-month public consultation period, the Muttaburrasaurus will be celebrated alongside the Cooktown Orchid, koala, Great Barrier Reef Anemone fish, brolga, sapphire and the mighty maroon colour as one of our 10 state emblems.

Named after the Central Queensland town of Muttaburra where local grazier Doug Langdon found the fossils as he was mustering cattle along the Thomson River in 1963, it was the first Australian dinosaur to be fully reconstructed as a life-size model.

The addition of Muttaburrrasaurus langdoni to our state emblems is another reason to plan your drive holiday through the Australian Dinosaur Trail in Outback Queensland and follow in the footsteps of our pre-historic creatures that roamed this ancient land.

The dinosaur trail boasts ‘Hughie’, the seven-metre tall Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre and Museum in Hughenden, 3,300 fossilised dinosaur footprints at Lark Quarry Conservation Park – the only evidence of a dinosaur stampede on the planet, and Penny the Richmond Pilosaur, Australia’s most complete marine vertebrate specimen.

Winton, widely regarded as dinosaur central, has the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, which boasts the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in Australia.

These destinations combined account for about 11 percent of all tourism or almost 122,000 visitors and 26 percent of leisure tourism visitors to the region.

The Emblems of Queensland Act 2005 will be amended to include the Muttaburrrasaurus langdoni and that will be done in coming months.

Visit Tourism and Events Queensland to explore Queensland’s dinosaur experiences and to plan your next trip.