Beasts from The Past to Bring More Tourists

As we roll out of the Easter Break and into Tourist season across Our Towns an opening at south east of Winton at the weekend is expect to boost the tourism traffic flow across the west.

Dinosaur_Canyon_OutpostFormer Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce, officially opened the $1.3m attraction, Dinosaur Canyon at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum at the weekend.

The new attraction has a building positioned on a cliff overlooking a 300 metre elevated concrete pathway through a gorge, which winds through five outdoor dinosaur galleries.

The experts say will not only boost domestic tourism flows but will add a boost to international tourism.

Winton Shire Council mayor, Butch Lenton, says the attraction will be a bonus for the entire west.

“Dinosaur Canyon is different to anything else out there. This is an exciting new addition to tourism in western Queensland and a great drawcard for Winton.”

The galleries throughout Dinosaur Canyon contain life-size bronze reconstructions of dinosaurs that lived in Australia over 95 million years ago and is of huge scientific value.

Museum founder and AAOD executive chairman, David Elliott says the benefits are layered.

“From a scientific point of view, it’s outstanding,” he said. “However, from a regional economy point of view, it is imperative that we interpret these discoveries into a popular tourism product.”

“Now that we have public infrastructure and a critical mass of attractions at Dinosaur Canyon, it will be relatively easy to add new exhibits and expand our tourist offering over time without such a high monetary outlay.”