One of the things we wanted to be able to do on our outback Queensland trip was visit a Dinosaur Fossil Museum. So with that in mind we headed from Longreach to Richmond. There have now been numerous discoveries of fossils around the Winton, Richmond and Hughenden areas and in any of these towns you will find something do with dinosaurs. Richmond is a small town about 226 kilometres north of Winton.
Getting to Richmond was a bit of an adventure as the road is almost all rough gravel. There wasn’t much to look at either just miles of paddocks and a few cows.
With a population of just 850 people Richmond sports one of the best collections of fossils in the area. The museum, known as Kronosaurus Korner is a fascinating place to visit and a hand-held recorder gives you all the information you need on each of the displays. It really is a remarkable collection of fossils and not something that you would expect to find in outback Australia.
One of the things that I loved most about Richmond was the Lakeview Caravan Park where we camped. The camp area was divided into three sections and we were in the bottom one which overlooks a man made lake – Lake Fred Tritton. The camp area had lovely green grass and shade around the edges and the amenities block was lovely and clean and secured with a key pad.
On the edges of the lake was a Bush Tucker Garden and right around the lake was a walking track. You could also swim in the lake and there was a small children’s playground and picnic area as well. Just a lovely spot to relax after a hot dusty drive.
We really did enjoy our two nights here and would recommend this spot to anyone as a great place to stay.