Digs are fully catered and participants enjoy excellent home-cooked meals, including hot breakfasts and scrumptious morning and afternoon tea breaks.
The twin-share rooms are clean and comfortable. Accommodation facilities include flushing toilets, showers and a washing machine. This is a comfortable Outback experience.
A day as a dinosaur dig team member can be as full-on or as casual as you like. The Australian Age of Dinosaurs team will explain everything you need to know, including how to differentiate bones from rocks, and be available to answer questions and provide guidance. Just pick your spot, on your own or with fellow diggers, and start looking for fossils. Be the first to see dinosaurs emerge again after 95 million years! Fossil material found to date includes massive sauropod bones, teeth, smaller bones from crocodiles and flying reptiles, plant fossils and more. You can also have a go at plastering the specimen you have dug out and get it ready for the trip to the Museum’s Fossil Preparation Laboratory.
At the end of a perfect day, relax with your fellow diggers and “duggers” (those who have been on a dig before) and talk about the day’s finds. After a delicious dinner retire to a comfortable bed and dream of the big discoveries you and your team might make tomorrow.
Midway through the week, enjoy an excursion to the Museum’s working Laboratory and see first-hand what will happen to your finds in the future. You can help prepare specimens by cleaning the rock off to make them ready for scientific study and display. A guided tour of the Museum site, known as The Jump-Up, follows with a picnic lunch, spectacular views and nature walks. Then it’s back to the dig site to soak up another glorious sunset, have a hot shower and join everyone once again for happy hour. Need we mention the atmosphere and beauty of the vast western Queensland starlit sky? Another treat.
Seven day experience ex-Winton; 5-6 days dinosaur digging; six nights on site
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and palaeontology staff will be in attendance
A day trip to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon
An optional day trip to Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park
All meals, including welcome dinner the night before the dig commences
Twin share accommodation
Pre-dinner drinks each evening
Catered morning and afternoon tea breaks
Transport from Winton to accommodation site and return, if required
WHAT WE SUPPLY
A once-in-a-life-time experience!
WHAT TO BRING
A wide-brimmed hat
Boots or similar sturdy footwear
Sense of humour
A fly veil and gaiters can be handy
Week 1: 28 May to 3 June
Week 2: 4 June to 10 June
Week 3: 11 June to 17 June
INSURANCE AND MEDICAL |Top During the dig you will be covered by the Museum’s Voluntary Workers’ Personal Accident Insurance Policy.
A health and safety briefing is held before work commences at the dig site. If you have concerns or reservations about the safety of tasks you are asked to carry out, or anything you observe on site, please bring this to the immediate attention of the Dig Supervisor. Our intention is to ensure you have a safe working environment.
You must notify the Dig Supervisor or a member of AAOD Management immediately of any health and safety-related incident or near miss while you are a participant on “Dig-A-Dino”. An incident report must be completed as soon as possible after the incident has occurred.
Please note that the dig site is over 60km from medical assistance so any health issues, however minor, must be brought to the attention of the Dig Supervisor immediately so that the condition can be monitored and action taken if necessary.
All Digger/Duggers must be 18 years or over.
Dugger (repeat AAOD Digger) $2,800
Digger (new AAOD Digger) $3,500
Group Digger (2 or more) $3,200
The Dig-A-Dino experience is very popular, and places fill up quickly. To place your name on the waiting list please send an email to the Museum's Dig Co-ordinator, Judy Elliott firstname.lastname@example.orgNote: The waiting list to participate in the Dig-A-Dino Experience is extensive; if you would prefer to start your dinosaur adventure now read more about ourPrep-A-Dino Experiencetoday!