Learn how to Prep-A-Dino! We have two types of Prep-A-Dino Packages available – day packages and onsite stay packages. Both
types of package are available for varying lengths.
Working with dinosaur bones involves patience, a good eye and a steady hand.
Work undertaken in the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Prep Lab includes mechanical preparation of bones, restoration, repairs,
consolidation of specimens, sieving, sorting of matrix for microfossils and helping to put pieces of the
dinosaur puzzle together.
Our Laboratory is open from 9am to 4:30pm, 7 days a week.
Please note: from mid-October to end of March the lab is closed on Sundays for Summer Break. We are also closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
We have two types of Prep-A-Dino Packages available – day packages and onsite stay packages. Both types of package are available for varying lengths.ALL PREP-A-DINO PACKAGES INCLUDE
- a guided tour of the Laboratory where participants learn how we find dinosaurs, how we dig up
their gigantic bones and how we clean away the rock they have been entombed in for 95-million years
- a guided tour of the Collection Room where the only known holotype specimens
of Australovenator wintonensis (Banjo), Savannasaurus elliottorum (Wade) and Diamantinasaurus matildae (Matilda) are housed. Banjo and Matilda are two of Australia's most complete dinosaurs
- a guided tour of Dinosaur Canyon by shuttle bus. Travel 2km beyond the current Reception
Centre to a spectacular part of The Jump-Up where life-sized dinosaur exhibits cast in bronze sit
amongst a prehistoric landscape. Dinosaur Canyon is the Museum's latest tour offering and
includes an interpretation of Australian natural history (from April 2017)
- induction and training with a senior Museum Technician (safety gear is provided); and
- membership to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs society including the latest copy of the AAOD
If you are interested in participating in the Prep-A-Dino program send us an enquiry and a friendly AAOD team member will be in contact shortly to confirm your place.
COST per person (WITHOUT ONSITE ACCOMMODATION)
- THREE DAY PACKAGE = $254
- FOUR DAY PACKAGE = $319
- FIVE DAY PACKAGE = $384
- SIX DAY PACKAGE = $449
- SEVEN DAY PACKAGE =$514
- EIGHT DAY PACKAGE = $579
- NINE DAY PACKAGE = $644
- TEN DAY PACKAGE = $709
COST per person (WITH ONSITE ACCOMMODATION)
- THREE DAY PACKAGE = $455
- FOUR DAY PACKAGE = $539
- FIVE DAY PACKAGE = $659
- SIX DAY PACKAGE = $731
- SEVEN DAY PACKAGE =$843
- EIGHT DAY PACKAGE = $955
- NINE DAY PACKAGE = $1,067
- TEN DAY PACKAGE = $1,179
NOTE: All Prep-A-Dino participants must be current AAOD members, if you are already a member packages will be $24 less
AUSTRALIAN AGE OF DINOSAURS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
WHERE: The Museum is located 11km from the Landsborough Highway turnoff. The road to the Museum is sealed and caravans can be towed up The Jump-Up. There is a caravan unhitching area at the foot of The Jump-Up if you are towing with a small 4WD car or do not want to take your caravan up the steep ascent. To take your caravan up The Jump-Up, drive to the conditions in low gear and park in the designated area in the Reception Centre car park.
WHAT: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a museum focused on Australia’s evolutionary history, in particular the discovery, conservation and research of Australia’s dinosaurs. It is a working museum – an education resource, research facility and tourist attraction. It features:
- the world’s largest collection of fossils from Australia’s largest dinosaurs
- the most productive fossil preparation laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere
- a guided tour including return transfers on the Noble Express shuttle to Dinosaur Canyon where you get the chance to walk amongst life-sized bronze Australian dinosaurs
staff and volunteers working on real, 95 million-year old dinosaur bone fossils found in the Winton area and spectacular views from the top of a giant mesa with striking rocky outcrops and canyons, walking trails, animal and bird life - it’s a photographer’s paradise
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs requires full payment before Prep-A-Dino participants arrive. The Museum will hold your credit card details until a final confirmation email has been sent with an agreed upon full quote for your experience. Every experience is different, we will be in contact with you to confirm your date and price after you submit your enquiry. You are able to pay via credit card, direct deposit or cheque - however all payments must be received before your Prep-A-Dino experience. Please bring a copy of your payment receipt with you when you check in. Please read the terms and conditions for more details.