Many of the fossils found in Richmond are among the best preserved of their kind in the world. The chance to find such treasures enthrals both hobbyists and professional palaeontologists alike. We offer the opportunity for guests at Kronosaurus Korner to find fossils themselves by visiting our Free Fossil Hunting Sites. By turning a few stones over you may uncover a fossil fish, squid, shark tooth, bivalve or giant marine reptile. Who knows, your discoveries may change how palaeontologist interpret Australia’s ancient past. The Free Fossil Hunting Sites are located 12 kilometres North of Richmond, Outback Queensland and are accessible to all vehicles via fully sealed roads. The easiest route from Kronosaurus Korner to the Free Fossil Hunting Sites follows Goldring Street (the main street of Richmond) to the North. Outside of the township, the route continues as Goldring Street, becomes the Richmond Woolgar Road. The signed entrances of both sites are present on the Richmond Woolgar Road.
SITE 1 is positioned on the right side of the Richmond Woolgar Road. It contains a large area that is easily accessible for vehicles. A toilet, shelter and picnic table are located on a ridge between two large pits. Quarrying activity regularly uncovers new fossils.
SITE 2 is positioned on the left side of Richmond Woolgar Road. In contrast to Site 1, it lacks multiple tracks for vehicles but offers more shade from small trees. While quarrying activity is infrequent at Site 2, fossils can still be discovered between layers of shale.
PLEASE NOTE: A fossil hunting permit is required to access these sites. These permits (along with map & guide) are available at Kronosaurus Korner front desk.
Camping is strictly prohibited at the Fossil Hunting Sites.
FOSSIL HUNTING TOOLS
A number of different items are highly recommended for people searching for fossils at the Free Fossil Hunting Sites. These items include:
- Water – to stay well hydrated in relatively warm/hot temperatures.
- Food – for energy while fossil hunting over long hours.
- Appropriate footwear – closed-in shoes are recommended.
- Sun protection – including sunscreen, broad brim hats and sunglasses.
- Mobile phones – for emergencies or to contact Kronosaurus Korner if you have made a significant discovery.
OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE RECOMMENDED BUT NOT ESSENTIAL INCLUDE:
- Bags or containers – to carry your fossils.
- Tissues or towels – for wrapping your fossils to avoid potential damage.
- Geology hammers, crack hammers, chisels and pry bars – to break or separate layers of rock. Some of these tools are available for purchase at Kronosaurus Korner.
- Eyewear – to wear while hammering rocks.
- Hand lenses – to look at fossils under magnification.
- Fly nets – to keep flies away during the summer months.
- Brushes – for removing dirt and revealing hidden fossils.
- Superglue – to fix broken fossils that may otherwise deteriorate further during transit from the sites.