Lark Quarry Conservation Park: was another interesting area that we visited on our epic bus tour through central Queensland to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Lark Quarry Conservation Park protects and preserves the best example of dinosaur tracks in the world. It is the only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede.
The Dinosaur Stampede features 3300 footprints that were made by 200 individual dinosaurs. The Stampede occurred about 95 million years ago, give or take a few decades.
A large Carnosaur dinosaur chased two other species, Coelurosaur and Ornithopod. Carnosaur was a flesh eating dinosaur 2.6 metres at the hip with a footprint 60 centimetres in length. Coelurosaur was a carnivorous dinosaur about the size of a chicken whilst Ornithopod was an emu-sized, herbivorous dinosaur.
The Stampede was discovered in 1962 during an opal fossicking expedition. Volunteers and members of the Australian Army assisted in the excavation.
An imposing building now protects the site. A raised walkway allows visitors to view and photograph the footprints without damaging this unique site.
The photograph shows the a large Carnosaur footprint surrounded by the footprints of the smaller dinosaurs.
A number of our group had a disappointing visit to the Stampede. The guide’s microphone failed and many visitors could not hear the commentary.
Lark Quarry Conservation Park has a circular walking track that allows the visitor to stroll through the vegetation of this fascinating but inhospitable part of Australia.
Lark Quarry is 110 kilometres south west of Winton. Thirty kilometres of this road is sealed whilst the remainder is well-maintained gravel. Access could be difficult after rain.