If fishing for barramundi and fossicking for signs of long since extinct creatures of the Great Inland Sea are on your list of things to see and do while travelling through Queensland’s Outback, a couple of days unearthing Richmond is a must on your itinerary.
As you travel across the black soil plains of the Overlander’s Way you’ll find Richmond smack bang in the middle. Fortunately access to town these days does not require a snorkel, as it would have done 110 million years ago when it was 40 metres under-water — pretty astonishing to consider as you enter town now.
Kronosaurus Korner must be seen to be believed. The collection of dinosaur and marine reptile fossils has earned the museum the reputation of being one of the finest fossil institutions in the world. Be sure to snap a picture with the giant marine reptile out the front of the museum on your visit.
Head south 1,220km along the Landsborough Highway on route to Cunnamulla. Make the most of the journey by stopping in towns along the way for a spot of sightseeing. Continue your dig for dinosaurs in Winton, walk along the wing of a QANTAS aeroplane in Longreach, stand under the Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine, and cuddle a locally made wool teddy from Tambo.
Once you’ve reached Cunnamulla start a game of spotto and keep count of how many roos and wallabies you come across in the town that has the largest population of these bouncy natives in Outback Queensland.