Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History at Winton and Adels Grove camping park at Lawn Hill are among 11 nominees from Outback Queensland vying to be the state’s best in the Queensland Tourism Awards.
There are more 160 nominations in this year’s awards, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.
Winton’s Dinosaurs Museum is a nominee in the hotly contended Major Tourist Attraction category.
The cutting-edge science institution and major tourist attraction received more than 28,000 visitors in the 2016-17 financial year.
Business Development Manager Naomi Miles said the museum has the largest collection of Australia’s biggest dinosaur fossils in the world, and the most productive fossil preparation laboratory in the southern hemisphere.
“In 2017 the museum opened its latest tour attraction Dinosaur Canyon, featuring five outdoor galleries with life-sized bronze dinosaurs,” Ms Miles said.
“This innovative tour addition enables the museum to continue to promote the discovery, research and education of Australia’s unique prehistory as well as encouraging sustainable economic drive to the outback.”
Queensland Tourism Award 2017 nominees from the Outback Queensland region are:
Adels Grove Camping Park, Lawn Hill
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History, Corfield
Birdsville Big Red Bash
Cobbold Gorge Tours, Forsayth
Kinnon & Co Outback Accommodation, Longreach
Mitchell Camel and Pig Races
Mount Isa Entertainment and Tourism Venues
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo
Outback Aussie Tours, Longreach
Outback Pioneers, Longreach
Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
The Australian Stockman Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, Longreach
Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from the 28 Queensland Tourism Awards categories, along with the new RACQ People’s Choice Award, will be announced on Friday, November 10 at the Brisbane Convention Centre.