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Winton is a town in Outback Queensland between Longreach and Mount Isa


Rich in history, Winton was originally known as Pelican Waterhole and was first settled in 1875. The town is best known as the place that AB (Banjo) Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda in 1895, whilst at Dagworth Station outside Winton. The first performance of the ballad was reported to be at Winton's North Gregory Hotel on 6 April of the same year.

Winton is recognised as the 'home' of Australian bush poetry, hosting the annual Bronze Swagman Award, one of the country's most prestigious literary awards. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Qantas), Australia's national airline was formed in Winton in November, 1920 and its first board meeting was held in the Winton Club on 21 February 1921.

Winton is famous for its water supply which thrusts its way to the earth's surface from three artesian bores, all around 1,200 metres deep emerging at a temperature of 83 degrees Celsius. The water is sourced from the Great Artesian Basin which provides water for most of Australia's Outback.

Winton is in the centre of Matilda Country, a diverse region in which vast Mitchell Grass plains are broken by magnificent coloured gorges, ridges and jump-ups. Visitors to the region will be amazed by the vastness of the plains and the undulating nature of the landscape. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life in the area, generally best seen around dusk and dawn on minor roads and tracks.

Day trips from Winton take visitors to Opalton, one of the oldest opal fields in Queensland; Combo Waterhole, where the swaggie of 'Waltzing Matilda' fame reputedly met his fate; the vintage sandstone homestead of Old Cork Station; and Lark Quarry, where 93 million year-old fossils capture a dinosaur stampede.

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There is a coach connection from the Spirit of the Outback to Longreach, servicing Winton.

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  • Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie St, [1]. 9am-5pm. Tells the history of Banjo Patterson's famous ballad "Waltzing Matilda". $22.  edit
  • Australian Age of Dinosaurs, (east of Winton, 11km off the highway on an unsealed road up a mountain), [2]. 8:30am-5pm. Tours showing dinosaur bones found locally, animations of the dinosaurs involved and how the bones are uncovered and preserved. $30.  edit
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, Winton-Jundah Road (65km southwest of Winton, some on unsealed roads), [3]. Dinosaur tracks. $12+.  edit
  • Bladensburg National Park, (off Winton-Jundah Road, south of Winton).  edit
  • Musical Fence, off Manuka St (over the trainline - if entering Winton from the east, turn right at Manuka St where the signs tell you to turn left for the town centre.). A collection of found-object percussion instruments, free for all to use.  edit
  • Arno's Wall, Vindex St (in Arno's Park, behind North Gregory Hotel). A wall decorated with scrap mechanical items.  edit

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  • Outback Festival

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  • Coolibah Cafe, 50 Elderslie St (at the Waltzing Matilda Centre), [4]. 9am-2pm.  edit
  • Musical Fence Cafe, 67 Elderslie St (in the North Gregory Hotel), [5].  edit
  • Tattersall's Hotel, The Australian Hotel and the North Gregory Hotel, Elderslie St. serve meals.  edit

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