WINTON

Once the traveler reaches Longreach, the choice of driving northwest to Winton or southwest and towards Birdsville is the consideration. Delighting in the midwinter west, Bustout headed to Winton. Winton is also the natural QANTAS link. Winton was the first airport that QANTAS established.

The main industries of the area are sheep and cattle raising. The town was named by postmaster, Robert Allen, in 1876 after his place of birth Winton, Dorset.

Winton can rightly claim ownership of the national song, Waltzing Matilda. The Matilda Museum is a delightful and moving representation of the Australian unofficial anthem.

Winton is also the ‘capitol’ of Dinosaurs’ in Australia. Following some quite incredible diggings in the fields of paleontology and research and now imagination and presentation.

Winton also has other museums and street displays that play homage both to Banjo Patterson and the new Dinosaur exposure/ interest.

The historic Royal Theatre is one of the few remaining open air picture theatres in Australia and home to the World's Largest Deckchair which was originally constructed in Victoria by the Freemasons Taskforce in 2002 and donated to Winton and the Royal Theatre by the members of that taskforce in April 2005.

The Winton War Memorial is a simple offering off the main street.

The Anglican Church has some character.

The Winton hotels are all of an old and well presented era, but the The North Gregory Hotel has been ravaged by fire three times.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course