We went by train first class, there was a special deal, 2 for one, this was in January. We enjoyed it immensely. Bus was waiting in Longreach and dropped us off at the motel. Local pub owner dropped us off at the Dinosaur park and picked us up again when we were finished. Make a few phone calls and ask the accommodation if they can do this for you. Good luck
We were in our caravan and stayed in the caravan park so not sure about train trips.
Sorry, we have been "grey nomads" for over 30 years so know nothing about train tours.
We drove to the site as we were on a 6 week outback caravan trip. Did not stay in Winton as all the caravan parks were booked out so did dinosaur tour on the way to Longreach.
Allow 4 hours to do the full dinosaur tour. There is a break halfway through to have lunch at the cafe or bring your own. The road is now sealed all the way from the highway to the dinosaur site, just recently completed we hear so suitable for all vehicles not just 4 wheel drives.
The passenger train definitely only goes as far as Longreach so the rest of the journey would have to be by bus.
Perhaps there is a confusion on trains -
1 - There is a passenger train runs from Brisbane to Longreach twice a week - (passenger trains to Winton ceased years ago - only freight trains run on that line now) - advantage with train is that it connects with a rail bus to/from Winton (closest to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs site ) fare included from Brisbane - small number of economy sleepers on train (4 last trip) - first class I believe all have sleepers and include meals - trip takes about 25 hours to Longreach and another 2 hours on to Winton - you can stay in either Longreach or Winton, and local bus tours cover most features - no taxis or hire cars available in Winton - accommodation in Winton mostly hotels of all ranges - check internet for available day tours - Longreach is much bigger town - as I normally travel to Winton, I personally prefer train, though whilst slower, much to view, and also connections to Winton - plane not as convenient if going to Winton
2 - Australian Age of Dinosaurs has a small electric "train" that runs from main reception (and back) to Dinosaur Canyon exhibit - guide explains everything - tour is included in price of all at Museum - takes about 90 mins
On my last trip I met several people who were doing a quick trip to Longreach on train - met at Longreach by coach company - transferred to local motel, picked up in morning for day tour - back to Longreach at night - day tours each day, and then on last morning returned to station for train trip home - leaves about 10am, back in Brisbane about midday next day - check on internet for such packages - great for short trips but overall, on daily basis expensive, but much better than not doing at all!! (These tours all include Australian Age of Dinosaurs) - difficult to get beds in economy unless booked long way ahead - first class easier - meals are very nice - staff on train are excellent, same as tour companies - call them direct to arrange and discuss - costs of general items here are higher due to transport costs
Hi. We drove there because that appears to be the quickest way
A simple search of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs website should answer all of your questions, or alternatively contact the Winton Tourism Centre through the local shire council.
HOWEVER, we visited the centre in November 2017 and unless there has been a train service installed since 23rd November 2017 then there is only a very limited train service between Longreach and Winton.
We did a bus tour from Longreach to the Age of Dinosaurs which is located on a jump-up about 5 kilometres off the highway, and there was no evidence or mention, of a train.
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