The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History offers world-class, interactive guided tours for the whole family to enjoy. Tours are split between three sites: the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, the Reception Centre with its Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon. See Museum Map for the location of each tour.
AT A GLANCE: TOUR PACKAGES
1 Attraction: The Ultimate Dinosaur Pass: Includes guided tour of the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room AND Dinosaur Canyon. Timing: 3 hours (including self-walk and shuttle bus transfers). See Plan A Visit
2 Attractions: The WDCOA VIP Pass: Includes guided tour of the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room, Dinosaur Canyon AND Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. Timing: 3 hour 45 minutes (including self-walk and shuttle bus transfers - does not include transfer to Dinosaur Stampede). See Plan A Visit
4 Attractions: The Australia's Dinosaur Trail Pass: Includes guided tour of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs (Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon), Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, Flinders Discovery Centre in Hughenden and Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond. See Plan A Visit
FOSSIL PREPARATION LABORATORY (30 MINUTES)
During this part of the tour you are guided behind-the-scenes through the most productive Fossil Preparation Laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere. Discover how dinosaurs are found and recovered, and see the remnants of an ancient world with huge sea shells and plant fossils on display. Everyone has the chance to touch a real dinosaur fossil and watch as fossil technicians prepare dinosaur bones for research and display. If you would like to get involved check out our Prep-A-Dino and Dig-A-Dino experiences now.
The Collection Room houses the only known specimens of Australia's largest, and most complete carnivorous dinosaur - Australovenator wintonensis, nicknamed "Banjo", as well as Australia's most complete sauropod Diamantinasaurus matildae, nicknamed "Matilda" and Savannasaurus elliottorum "Wade".
Our passionate guides tell the story of "Banjo" and "Matilda" and how they are inextricably linked for eternity. Sit back and enjoy parts of the documentary "Monsters in the Outback" and watch as the fossils are put together and the dinosaurs are brought back to life.
Dinosaur Canyon is located 2km beyond the current Reception Centre and includes:
- a return trip on the Noble Express shuttle, departing from the Reception Centre
- an interpretation of Australian natural history including biodiversity and dinosaurs
- four galleries containing life-sized dinosaur exhibits
- pathways and lookouts that are wheelchair accessible and
- the Dinosaur Canyon Outpost shelter building with seating, toilets and drinking water.
The dinosaur exhibits includes:
- the Dinosaur Stampede exhibit representing the Lark Quarry stampede
- the Pterodactylus Family exhibit
- the Kunbarrasaurus exhibit - all three exhibits featuring life-sized dinosaurs cast in bronze
- the Death in the Billabong exhibit and
- the beginnings of a Cretaceous Garden, the Valley of the Cycads.