Dinosaurs Stampede – Lake Quarry Conservation Park

While we were in the Bladensburg National Park we went for a drive to the Lake Quarry Conservation Park to check out the Dinosaurs Stampede. We left the Kedron Caravan behind and drove out just in the LandCruiser. This is the only place in the world where footprints of a stampede were discovered. The stampede left thousands of footprints of the hunting dinosaurs and the fleeing dinosaurs. I imagined this rocky outcrop where we would see footprints for miles – it turned out quite differently. The footprints are protected in this large building and can only be accessed on a guided tour ($11/person – concession).

The tour is given by a National Park Ranger and our guide was excellent. He could make the footprints come alive.
An overview of the site.

He related the footprints to things we could understand. For example he mentioned that when the Jurassic Park movie was made, they had an advisor who had worked and analysed the footprints here for years, learning how dinosaurs moved by measuring and computerising the angles of the footprints. His knowledge was incorporated in the movie, the dinosaurs in the movie moving the way the dinosaurs moved in the Dinosaurs Stampede here, near Winton.
A very worthwhile experience.

You might like to check out the official website of the Dinosaurs Stampede http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national/dinosaur-stampede/. This will give you a better impression of the site. Taking pictures in the low light of the hall wasn’t easy so I recommend you check out the mentioned website.
After the talk we had the chance to explore the surrounding area. Great scenery with the mesas.
(Lesley’s photo)

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The spinifex clumps make an interesting pattern on the surface of the hills.

This is a sample of a spinifex ring – the plant dies from the centre outwards.
(Lesley’s photo)

An anthill

As I said, this was quite different from my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same.
It is a fairly long trip 220km all up. Check out the map on everytrail.
Most of our trips can be checked on everytrail. The index of our trip maps can be found here:
http://www.everytrail.com/my_trips.php?user_id=1092491

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