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Australian Age of Dinosaurs | Interiors

Remote Mesa, Winton

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum is located on top of a remote mesa in outback far north Queensland.

Created as a visitor centre, the project aims to allow visitors to witness one of the world’s most significant and cohesive dinosaur collections.

Twelve years ago, a cattle grazier David Elliott accidentally stumbled on 100 million year old dinosaur fossils while mustering cattle. Since then, he has become Australia’s leading palaeontologist who has engaged Winton’s community in the excavating, assembly and conservation of large dinosaurs. Through these operations, Winton’s fragile farming economy has been transformed.

The COX team were enthralled by both the project and phenomenon, and agreed to design the museum pro-bono – with the Elliott family and community to build it. The driving force for the Centre was to capture the essence of the ancient landscape and for it to entice visitation with interesting forms and spaces.


State Award for Public Architecture, AIA QLD 2013
Queensland State Award, CCAA 2013
Kevin Cavanagh Medal for Excellence in Concrete, CIA 2013
Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2012

Technical Information

Remote Mesa, Winton
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Ltd
Completed, 2008-2012
Key Consultants
Bligh Tanner, Cushway Blackford & Associates, Consulting Coordination
Woollam Constructions, Elliott Family
$710,000 (pro-bono)
Gross Floor Area
(c) Christopher Fredrick Jones