Imagine being in a place so diverse, so vast you feel an indescribable sense of freedom. From the plains of the downs country to the silvery shimmer of the sun shining on the gidgee trees in the forest country, Richmond is often referred to as an Oasis in the outback.
Situated on the Overlander’s Way halfway between Townsville and Mt Isa, the town is located on the bank of Queensland’s longest river, the Flinders, and is known for recreational “Lake Fred Tritton” and bougainvillea-lined streets, parks and gardens. Richmond is also home to the award winning major attraction “ Kronosaurus Korner”.
Kronosaurus Korner is Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. It showcases nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens from Richmond, Outback Queensland. Fossils from the area include the 100-115 million year old remains of extinct marine reptiles, fishes, ammonites and squids that once dominated Australia’s ancient inland sea. While fossils of extinct marine reptiles were found in the area during the 1860s, the catalyst for developing the museum occurred in 1989 with the discovery of the spectacular ‘Richmond Pliosaur’ on a property called Marathon Station near Richmond. The ‘Richmond Pliosaur’ was recognised by palaeontologists for representing one of the best preserved Cretaceous marine reptile fossils in the world.
Lake Fred Tritton has a relaxed, yet energetic vibe and is bursting with activities to excite the whole family. It is perfect for swimming, skiing, canoeing and the fantastic playground’s and water park will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Whether you are walking the dog, or taking the kids out for a ride on their bikes or scooters, the walking path is perfect place for a stroll.
For the fishing enthusiasts, the Lake is stocked with 18 species of fish, so it’s a great spot to cast a line from the jetty or launch your tinnie from the boat ramp.
Pack a picnic or even a ‘snag’ to sizzle on the free barbecues and enjoy a picturesque outback sunset.
Lake Fred Tritton Fish Species Guides are available from Kronosaurus Korner. Camping is strictly prohibited at Lake Fred Tritton.