Dinosaur Capital of Australia, home of Waltzing Matilda and Queensland Boulder Opal. Located in the heart of Queensland’s Outback, Winton is known for its diverse landscapes, multi-award-winning attractions and friendly local characters.
Land was taken up in the Winton District in 1866, with settlers encouraged by good reports from explorers Landsborough and Walker. Winton was originally located approximately 1km west of its current location, and known as Pelican Waterhole. This settlement was flooded out in 1876, and a man name Robert Allen shifted to the present site of Winton, out of reach of the flood waters. Robert Allen acted as the Postmaster at the time, and local legend has it that, finding the name Pelican Waterhole too cumbersome to write on postage stamps, he changed the settlement’s name to Winton, after the suburb of Bournemouth, England, where he had been born.
Since settlement, Winton has played host to a number of important events, such as the birth of QANTAS and Waltzing Matilda.
Learn more about Winton by visiting the Experience Winton team on site P140 during the 2021 Cairns Expo.