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Winton Discovery Day Tour


From $275 per person


9 hours


Saturdays 6.30am

About this experience

It’s an early start and the long, open road to Winton beckons. Travelling the two hours to Winton from Longreach, you really get a sense of the vastness of our country and the rich colours of the land. And then, in Winton, you’re in a fascinating outback town known for its Banjo Paterson history and dinosaur discoveries.

This is where Waltzing Matilda was first performed in the famous North Gregory Hotel and where the outback film industry finds many an evocative location. It’s the home of the award-winning Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum, where incredible stories come to life. And it celebrates its heritage with the distinctive Waltzing Matilda Centre, where you can explore one of Australia’s favourite songs.

Experience highlights

  • Visit to Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum including entry to Dinosaur Canyon (90-minute tour)
  • Lunch at the North Gregory Hotel
  • Entry to the Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Time to see the main street, take a photo with Banjo and visit Winton Opal Gems
  • Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach with your Outback Pioneers guide
March of the Titanosaurs exhibition interior
Life-size dinosaurs sculptures displayed in the grounds of Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Old-fashioned poster advertising A.B.Paterson's Waltzing Matilda song
Entry to the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton with a statue of Banjo Paterson in the foreground
Street view of the North Gregory Hotel, Winton
Richard Kinnon smiling and chatting with elderly man
Three young girls at Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum, Winton, leaning on the railing overlooking the outback landscape

Things you'll love

Hearing the amazing story of a sheep farmer who found bones that would change a town forever
Being in amongst the giants of prehistory at Dinosaur Canyon
Following in the footsteps of Banjo Paterson who dropped by and penned a famous poem or two!
Seeing the award-winning design of the Waltzing Matilda Centre and exploring its fascinating exhibits
Having lunch in the famous North Gregory Hotel where Waltzing Matilda was born
Insights on the journey and in Winton from your local Outback Pioneers guide
The heritage and sense of outback space that surrounds you so far from city life.

Things to know

  • This is a full-day experience leaving at 6.30am and returning at 4pm approximately
  • Pick-up and drop-off is at your accommodation in Longreach
  • You’ll travel by our comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • The experience runs Saturdays in the April-October season
  • Let us know when you book for gluten-free, vegetarian or other dietary options
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen and water.
  • Advance bookings are essential to save your place.

From our guests

This was a truly unique adventure from the get-go when a true local Outback Pioneer ambassador Richard arrived at my hotel on the dot of 6.45am. Got to hear a true local tell us what it is like to be a Longreacher on our way out to Winton… Would 100% recommend this company to immerse you into the local culture and area. 

Patricia V

Great commentary from Richard with very funny stories. Comfortable bus and well organised. Everything ran smoothly. Great experience at all attractions.

Michael L

The absolute highlight though for me was the bus day trip to Winton to the Dinosaur Museum. Richard was our driver and what a fantastic storyteller he is. He held us spellbound for the entire journey recalling stories of his childhood growing up in the bush.

Rosemary W

Book your experience


Is this experience suitable for children?

This is a long day for little ones and there is quite a lot of commentary and walking at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum. The Waltzing Matilda Centre doesn’t cater to youngsters specifically. Having said that, children are welcome to accompany parents if the parents can add the extra input to keep them entertained.

How far in advance do I need to book?

This varies depending on the experience and month. We encourage you to book as soon as you know your travel dates to be sure of your place, especially in the peak months of June to August. If you have just arrived in town, we’re happy to accept bookings on the day if we still have places available.

Can I change my booking date?

Yes, you can change your date up to 24 hours before the experience departure, if we run the experience on the day you prefer and if we still have availability on that day. Please call our reservations crew on 07 4658 1776 to arrange this.

Which cards count as concession cards?

We only accept Australian Pensioner Concession Cards.

How do I waitlist for a cancellation?

Please give our reservation crew a call on 07 4658 1776 if there is no availability online and we’ll happily put you on a waitlist.

Do you offer a transfer from my accommodation?

Yes, this tour picks up from the major Longreach town and Ilfracombe Road accommodation and tourist parks. Select your accommodation when booking online or tell our booking crew.

How do we arrange the transfer?

Simply select your accommodation when you book online or tell us where you are staying when you make a reservation by phone. If you haven’t chosen your accommodation yet, you can let us know later by phone or email – at least 12 hours in advance, please.

What time is pick-up?

We pick up from accommodation around Longreach town from 6.30 am on Saturdays. Please check your itinerary to confirm details. Please note we do not offer pick-up from Mitchell Grass Retreat (situated outside Longreach).

How do I let you know my dietary requirements?

There are options on the online booking form to request vegetarian, vegan and other special diets. You can also tell us when you make a phone reservation. We need to know at least 24 hours in advance of the experience departure to arrange special dietary meals.

Can I bring my dog?

For safety reasons and as most of our experiences include other animals, we do not allow dogs (except trained and registered assistance dogs). If you need dog minding, Longreach Veterinary Services can help.