The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is unlike any other attraction. Visitors actively learn about Australia’s prehistoric past through unique experiences, such as touching dinosaur fossils, viewing holotype specimens in the Collection Room and walking amongst life-sized bronze dinosaurs in the prehistoric landscape of Outback Queensland. Visitors aren’t bystanders at the Museum – they are adventurers and explorers led throughout their experience by passionate Museum Tour Guides.
Who are the people behind Australian Age of Dinosaurs?
David Elliott, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Judy Elliott, Co-Founder Dig Co-ordinator
Trish Sloan, Operations Manager
Kelly Lord, Finance Manager
Naomi Miles, Business Development Manager
Tell us something quirky or memorable about you, your team, your customer or your business
Many visitors to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum are not sure what to expect. As one recent TripAdvisor reviewer wrote “we thought there’d be some little shop with dodgy toys and bad looking animated dinosaurs”. But I guess that is part of the adventure, not knowing entirely what to expect to challenge people’s perceptions. After all, where else can you touch a real dinosaur bone, explore Dinosaur Canyon and see holotype fossils? This is Australia’s unique prehistory… and the dinosaurs don’t bite.
What’s the favourite thing you love about your business?
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum provides opportunities. Every day is an opportunity to make a difference and create something from nothing. There are few organisations that give its employees the freedom to actively expand the business through inventive ideas, projects and plans. The Museum has provided me with the opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself, that will live on for future generations to enjoy and find inspiration in.
What’s the company background?
The accidental discovery of gigantic dinosaur fossils in 1999 inspired local graziers David Elliott and his wife Judy to start AAOD Inc as a not-for-profit museum. With an interest in the natural world around them and an enthusiasm to learn, David and Judy were convinced dinosaur fossil specimens found in the Winton region would provide a great opportunity to bring the world to Winton; and to regional Queensland for the benefit of all western communities. So began the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History.
What’s your ultimate vision for Australian Age of Dinosaurs?
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History will be an international centre of excellence, leading in the conservation and research of Australia’s dinosaurs and natural history.
A testimonial about Australian Age of Dinosaurs?
“Fascinating and extremely informative. It is amazing to be able to go through a fully operational research facility and see fossils being uncovered before your eyes… Must do while traveling through Winton. You even get to touch a 95 million years old dinosaur femur”, Tripadvisor, September 2018
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Tourism Region: QLD-Outback Queensland region
Industry sector: Attractions