Hughenden and Muttaburra - home of Muttaburrasaurus

Thursday, Sep 03, 2009 at 00:00


The usually dry Flinders River runs through the town, and is the longest river in Queensland being 1,004 kilometres as it makes its way north to the Gulf. There is a 1.5 kilometre eco-walk along the north bank of the river. Throughout the riverside park are picnic shelters, tables, viewing platforms and drinking fountains. Flora species from each different eco-system have been represented throughout. Along the pathway are local art pieces illustrating important historical events and various cultures of the Flinders Shire.

A small museum in Hughenden features a model skeleton of a Muttaburrasaurus. This dinosaur species was first discovered with a good specimen near Muttaburra to the south of Hughenden. “Hughie” is the star attraction at the Flinders Discovery Centre, being a life size skeletal replica.

This seven metre Muttaburrasaurus was cast from the original bones of a 110 million year old dinosaur found in the Flinders Shire.
Watch a DVD about the formation of the land around Hughenden, including Porcupine Gorge. There is also a good display of colorful and interesting rocks and gemstones from around the world. Here is a display of “thunder eggs”.

“Mutt” is a full sized model of a Muttaburrasaurus out in the street and a popular photo opportunity. Fossils and windmills are the themes for this town.

To the south of the town, a large table top hill known as Mount Walker has six lookout points collectively giving views in all directions, here looking towards Hughenden.

Muttaburra ; a small town on the Thomson River.

Following a road of fine and dusty grey-brown clay from the floor of the ancient Eromanga Sea, dust swirled from this truck heading towards Muttaburra.

Signage outside the original buildings shows their history. The heritage trail includes buildings such as at Cassimatis General Store, constructed in 1918, and run as a general store until the 1950s at which time it became a bank which closed in 1978. The Dr Arratta Memorial Museum is housed in the former hospital.

Read more detail about this trip and see all the photos in our 2009 Travelogues


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