We decided to write a guide about where to find dinosaurs in Brisbane to highlight all the local places kids can get their dinosaur fix!
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Many children have been fascinated by dinosaurs at one time or another in their lives. If you find yourself stomping over dinosaur figurines, buying T-Rex costumes and digging for fossils, you have come to the right place! You may even have a dinosaur fan in your house right now!
From festivals to museums, playgrounds and even interactive displays, here is a list of dinosaur-themed places and activities in Brisbane!
Dinosaur Events Around Brisbane
Dinosaur Time Machine
Keep an eye out for this fun show which seems to surface every year or so at QPAC or Brisbane Powerhouse.
Dinosaurs of Patagonia
You’ll come face-to-face with a life-size replica of Patagotitan mayorum, a plant-eating dinosaur that lived roughly 100 million years ago, measuring 38 metres long and almost 8 metres high, alongside the most ferocious predator of the Cretaceous period the giant 6-tonne carnivore Tyrannotitan chubutensis.
Location: Queensland Museum
When: 17 March – 2nd October 2023
Website: Dinosaurs of Patagonia
Where to Find Dinosaurs in Brisbane
Dino Zoo at The Cube, QUT
Prepare for your dino-loving child to be wowed by the world’s largest digital interactive learning display featuring the amazing creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. The Dino Zoo, at The Cube QUT, is two storeys high and features 48 touch screens, which will tower above even the tallest child. Visitors are encouraged to engage in interactive, digital activities and even try their hand at an archaeological dig simulator.
Location: QUT, Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre, Level 4, 2 George Street, Brisbane
The newly opened Dinosaurs Unearthed: Explore Prehistoric Queensland exhibition on Level 2 at the Queensland Museum, will be sure to wow keen dinosaur fanatics. Inquisitive visitors can watch multimedia displays, interact with touchscreens and microscopy, compare your height to the reconstructed hind leg of a Rhoetosaurus and learn all about the fascinating creatures that roamed the earth more than 250 million years ago.
The gallery’s star has to be the skeleton of Queensland’s own Muttaburrasaurus, which commands your attention in the centre of the room. Once you have finished at Dinosaurs Unearthed, check out the rest of the museum, which has so much to offer visitors young and old.
In addition, the Dinosaur Garden, on Level 0, is a great space to let off some steam, snap a selfie with a T-Rex or Triceratops or check out what happens to dinosaur eggs.
Location: Corner of Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane
Eatons Hill Veterinary Surgery
You don’t have to visit the vet to catch a glimpse of the popular t-rex, named Rex, which is permanently located outside Eatons Hill Veterinary Surgery. Rex dons a Christmas hat in December to get into the festive spirit. Next time you are driving past the vet, at the entrance to South Pine Sports Complex, stop for a photo and say hi to Rex.
Location: 622 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill
Thornlands Community Park
Bring your buckets, spades and brushes to Thornlands Community Park, where you can explore the ‘dinosaur dig’ area and uncover a giant dinosaur fossil buried within the sand. After digging, discovering and dusting, your little ones can stomp and roar around the park on the large stones and wooden stepping-stones.
Please read our detailed review of Thornlands Community Park.
Location: 270 – 282 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, Thornlands.
White Ridge Animal Farm
Most people come to White Ridge Animal Farm for the cute and cuddly animals, but dino fans will want to head straight for the fossil dig area. Once in position, budding palaeontologists can use the tools provided to dig, burrow and brush around the sandy pit to uncover the fossils of a T-Rex. And when they are finished, they can play putt putt, go on a tractor ride, play in the playgrounds or pat and feed the animals.
Please read our detailed review of White Ridge Animal Farm.
Location: 130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah
Enter the epic Hologram room at Holoverse (Garden City or Surfers Paradise) to experience 30 minutes of a fantastic Dinosaur Adventure. Moving through ten different scenes, guests can feed a Brontosaurus, fly with a Pterodactyl or pat a baby dinosaur. The life-size dinosaurs appear genuine, but they are made of laser lights and will light up the eyes of all dinosaur lovers. Families will enjoy walking with the dinosaurs without getting their feet muddy or battling the elements.
Location: Westfield Garden City or 059/8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Located within the Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve in Ipswich, dinosaur-obsessed children (and adults) can step back in time and view dinosaur footprints and fossils which were discovered in the area many years ago. Access the area from the Quarry Street car park and follow an easy 200m track, perfect for little legs. A stegosaurus shelter houses an information bay including historical and educational information, providing an insight into how these amazing creatures lived many years ago. Read more about the Triassic Circuit.
Location: Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve, 20 Chelmsford Avenue, Ipswich
Dinosaur Dig – Enoggera Reservoir
If you are visiting the scenic Enoggera Reservoir and Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre with your budding palaeontologist, then pay a visit to the designated dinosaur dig area to look for buried dinosaur fossils. BYO digging tools, brushes and buckets to uncover the fossils, and don’t forget your camera so you can take a pic of your discoveries.
Location: 60 Mt Nebo Road, The Gap
Where to Find Dinosaurs in South-East Queensland
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Extinction Trail
After a day of wandering the stunning Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, roam among the dinosaurs at the Extinction Trail. Now a permanent feature of the Sanctuary and included free with your admission tickets, visitors can get up close to a Muttaburrasaurus, take a selfie with a velociraptor and discover the other ancient creatures from long ago. If you have a phone with you, use the Augmented Reality app to take your dinosaur experience to the next level.
Location: 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
We all love Australia Zoo for its unique animals, but did you know there are dinosaurs there too? It appears Robert Irwin is a dinosaur fanatic, so much so that he is gifted a dinosaur statue each year for his birthday. These statues are proudly displayed throughout the zoo and are the perfect backdrop for a photo. And if you love Robert and dinosaurs, check out his Dinosaur Hunter book series.
Location: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
Stockland Aura Dinosaur Playground
Aura Dino Park at the Sunshine Coast is a one-of-a-kind dinosaur-themed playground. With a massive dinosaur taking centre stage, your kids will love climbing up through the mouth of the dinosaur, along the netting and then out along the dinosaur’s tail. It also features swings, a fossil dig and dinosaur eggs in the sand.
Location: 25 Terrence Avenue, Nirimba
Where to Find Dinosaurs in Outback Queensland
If you have the time and are keen to discover all there is to know about dinosaurs, pack the car and explore the incredible Australian Dinosaur Trail in outback Queensland, taking in historic towns including Richmond, Winton and Hughenden. These towns all have amazing and unique stories about their connection with the dinosaurs that roamed the land many years ago. Check out life-sized dinosaur dioramas, Australian dinosaur fossils and footprints, a light and sound show and visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. This self-drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace and immerse yourself in all things dinosaurs.