Winton Airport is an airport serving Winton in Queensland, Australia. It is a public-type airport located 5.6 kilometres northeast of the Winton city centre, and is operated by Winton Shire Council. The airport is resting at an elevation of 638 feet above mean sea level. It has two runways, one with an asphalt surface measuring 4,600 feet long, and another with a clay surface measuring 2,920 feet long. The airport mainly serves domestic destinations, connecting Winton to Longreach and Townsville.
The site of the airport is Winton. Winton is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia. It is located 177 kilometres northwest of Longreach. The town was named by postmaster Robert Allen in 1876 after his birthplace Winton, Dorset. It is a small town with only 954 citizens (2011), with main industries focused on cattle and sheep raising. It is also one of the founding towns of the Australian airliner Qantas, and the popularly and intimately involved in the story of the popular Australian folk song, “Waltzing Matilda”.
What to see & do
Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways – The Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, or simply the Lark Quarry, is a site located 110 kilometres southwest of the western Queensland town of Winton. It was once considered to be the site of the world's only known record of a dinosaur stampede, with fossilised footprints interpreted as a predator stalking and causing a stampede of around 150 two-legged dinosaurs. The footprints were discovered in the 1960s site of a quarry (which was renamed to Lark Quarry after a few years) by a station manager in the nearby Seymour Quarry. Palaeontologists excavated the then named Lark Quarry in 1976 and 1977, uncovering 210 square metres of the layer with the fossils. It shows at least 3,300 dinosaur footprints.
Bladesburg National Park – The Bladensburg National Park is a category II national park located in Queensland, some 1,152 kilometres northwest of Brisbane, and just south of the town of Winton. It was declared as a national park in 1984. The park features grassland plains, river flats, sandstone ranges, and flat-topped mesas. It also features a main watercourse called Surprise Creek. The park is a common area for birds, including the Painted Firetail, the Rufous-crown Emu-wren, and the Rufous-throated Honeyeater.
Great Wall of Arno – The Great Wall of Arno is a 70-metre concrete wall made of discarded items built around the home of Arno Grotjahn, a German national living in Australia. The wall contains various items that he has collected over the years, including bolts, nuts, wheels, old bicycle helmets, tyres, plastic baby dolls, typewriters, and engines.
How to get around within Winton
Since the town is relatively small, travellers may get around here by walking. When going out of the town, they may rent cars or ask taxis to bring them to their destination. Buses/coach connections come from Longreach.
How to get there
The Winton Airport is connected to Townsville and Longreach via Regional Express Airlines. There are no other flights apart from these. The busiest airport in Queensland is Brisbane Airport, which serves 26 airlines and has connections to 42 national and 28 international destinations.
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