Dino-Rassic Park

These school holidays the Museum of Tropical Queensland has been re-imagined as a dinosaur wildlife park and is presenting real live dinosaurs and the team of scientists and keepers who look after them.

Meet dinosaurs from a lost world in the heart of the Congo:

  • Live presentations of Dinomite the Carnosaur
  • Daily keeper talks
  • Fossil preparation lab
  • Dino craft
  • Fossil dig pit

Enter the competition to name our new BABY DINOSAUR!

So, how did it all begin…?

Twelve months later a team of Museum cryptozoologists and palaeontologists departed on an expedition that would last an entire year.

What we found stunned the scientific community –a lost world, high on an isolated plateau, where species long thought to be extinct continued to survive.

A number of live dinosaur specimens were brought back from the plateau.

When the dinosaurs arrived in Townsville, a dedicated zoological team was established to research the new species.

We have researched techniques for dinosaur capture and restraint, general husbandry, dietary requirements, reproduction, training and specialist medicine.

After over a decade of work, the animals and their dedicated team are finally ready to meet the public, and Dino-rassic Park is now open to visitors…

Dino-rassic Park Program

Keeper talks and shows

Keeper Talks
Daily at 10am and 11.30am
Discover more about your favourite dinosaur in the park during a talk by one of our expert dinosaur keepers.

Allosaurid Show
Weekdays at 10.30am (excluding public holidays)
Meet the star of Dino-rassic Park, Dinomite the Carnosaur.  See him perform some of his “in-the-wild” behaviours as well as behaviours he’s been trained to perform.

Up Close Encounters
Daily between 1.30pm and 2.30pm (6 January – 27 January only)
Join Ranger Dan, our very own dinosaur keeping expert, and find out what modern reptiles can teach us about looking after live dinosaurs. This is your chance to hold a live modern day dinosaur relative.

Fossil Preparation Lab
Weekdays between 11am and 2pm (6 January – 27 January only)
Meet a real life fossil preparator and learn how fossil remains are collected and prepared for study and display - you can even have a go yourself! 


Junior Dinosaur Keeper Trail
All day, all ages
Want to learn how to look after a dinosaur?  Follow our new dinosaur trail and discover what a dino needs to stay alive and happy.


Dinosaur Dig Pit
All day, all ages
Dress up, grab a shovel and become a palaeontologist.  What will you discover in our dig pit.  Adult supervision required.

Fossil Casting (5-12 years)
6-10 January, 12pm, $5 per person (bookings required*)
Fossilised remains of creatures long extinct give clues as to how they lived.  Create your own fossil casts to take home.

Dinosaur Sculpture (5-12 years)
13-17 January, 12pm, $5 per person (bookings required*)
Inspired by our real live dinosaurs? Try creating your own dinosaur sculpture to take home.

Footprints of the Past (5-12 years)
20-24 January, 12pm, $5 per person (bookings required*)
Every footprint tells a story – fast or slow, large or small, predator or prey.  Unlock the secrets of reading footprints and take home your own fossil footprint.

Dinosaur “Make and Take” Craft
Daily between 10am and 3pm
Hands-on dinosaur-themed craft for younger children.

*Bookings can be made by calling 4726 0600 during business hours.

Special experiences

What’s that flash of bright blue across the gallery? 
What’s bumping and whirring around on the floor?
Is that a baby dinosaur I spy?

Every day there’ll be surprise appearances by some of our amazing prehistoric mascots – Beau the Butterfly, Trilby and Trilla the Trilobites and a new BABY DINOSAUR.

Dino-rassic Park Gift Shop

Check out Townsville’s biggest range of dinosaur gifts for young, and young at heart, dino fans.

We have dinosaur books, models, games and plush toys.

MyMuseum members receive a 10% discount on gift shop purchases.

Planning on visiting Dino-rassic Park more than once?

Join up as a member and you can visit the Museum as often as you like for a whole year.

Our members also receive invitations to exclusive events, discounts at local and regional businesses and monthly email updates.

Locals* rates:

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $11
  • Family (2a+3c) $38

*Locals prices apply to Townsville, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Charters Towers residents.

Want a real life fossil experience?

Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond offers MyMuseum members a 20% discount on general admission. This unique attraction is a must-see for palaeontology fans interested in the fossil past of Queensland's ancient inland seas.

Event Details

14 December 2013 09:30 AM - 27 January 2014 05:00 PM
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