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‘Waltzing Matilda Country’
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolabah-tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited
till his billy boiled,
“Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?”

First settled in 1873 the area became known as the Pelican Waterhole or Wallace’s Camp, eventually being named Winton by Robert Allen, the first settler and postmaster, who in 1876 built a hotel/store where the town is now located.

The region is now known as Waltzing Matilda Country in honour of A.B. 'Banjo' Patterson who in 1895 wrote the famous poem that many people call Australia’s national anthem.

The best place to start your tour of Winton is at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Elderslie Street it also incorporates the Outback Regional Art Gallery and the Quantilda Pioneer Place Museum. All of which host a range of historic and interactive displays. Other attractions include the Outback Festival held every two years to award the prestigious literary prize the "Bronze Swagman Award" along with the Waltzing Matilda Bush Poetry Championships.

Another point of interest is the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (QANTAS) which was formed in Winton on November 1920 and its first board meeting was held in the Winton Club on 21 February 1921, before moving its operational base to Longreach, Queensland.

And finally, if you did not know, Winton is in the heart of 'Dinosaur Country', offering the wonderful 'Australia's Dinosaur Trail' connecting Winton with Hughenden and Richmond, where visitors can follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed this ancient land. It is also home to the world's only record dinosaur stampede, a few terrifying minutes is captured in over 3,300 fossilised footprints.

Check out our listing of Winton accommodation and Central West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Waltzing Matilda Centre
50 Elderslie Street
Ph: 1300 665 115
Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Public Holidays 9 am - 3 pm
Hours change December–April
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

You can purchase a multiple entry passes to cover a number of Winton attractions.

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Winton Distance

Winton is at the cross roads of Landsborough Highway (part of the Matilda Highway), Winton Jundah Road, Kennedy Developmental Road (also known as the Dinosaur Way) and Kennedy Developmental Road. Winton is also the starting or ending point for those travelling the 'Outback Way' that connects Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland.
Distance to Winton
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Winton:
Barcaldine 286
Blackall 392
Boulia 363
Brisbane 1,354
Cairns 940
Charters Towers 463
Cloncurry 347
Emerald 595
Hughenden 215
• Julia Creek 273
Longreach 179
Mount Isa 470
Richmond 232
Rockhampton 866
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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