This quiet town in the dead centre of Queensland is home to dinosaurs, museums and a burgeoning collection of interesting street art.

Story By Andrew Bain

Doug Langdon remembers well the day, more than 50 years ago, that he found a monster. It was 1963 and the grazier was mustering cattle along Landsborough Creek, about two kilometres from the western Queensland town of Muttaburra, when he came across a set of giant bones lying exposed on the surface of the land. “It was something big, but it wasn’t a moo cow and it wasn’t a horse,” Doug says. “I put a couple of pieces of it in my saddlebag. When I got home my wife asked if I’d had a good day and I said, ‘Yes, I found a monster’.”
What Doug had unearthed was Queensland’s first dinosaur discovery, and still one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons ever found in Australia. The creature – Muttaburrasaurus langdoni – would come to bear his name as well as that of his town. To the outside world, Doug had put Muttaburra on the map.

This Story is from Issue #98

Outback Magazine: Dec/Jan 2015