Once, the area where Richmond now stands was part of an inland sea. In fact, it has been estimated that the water here would have been 40 metres deep!
Back 110 million years ago, creatures such as pliosaurs, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, turtles, fish and giant squid ruled the Richmond Shire and beyond.
Now you can have your own unforgettable, prehistoric journey and find their fossilised remains at the premier marine fossil museum in Australia, the world-class Kronosaurus Korner. The museum is a star attraction on Australia’s Dinosaur Trail and boasts the finest and most complete skeletal structures of these awesome animals. All fossils have been found within a close radius of Richmond, discovered largely by accident and have been prepared for display in the centre’s own laboratory, which is a credit to the town and the centre itself.
At Kronosaurus Korner you can marvel at it all, as the complex combines an accredited visitor information centre with a working laboratory (fossil preparation area) and a marine reptile centre. Hand-held audio guides are available so you can tour the complex at your own pace, and a theatrette gives a visually rich introduction to prehistoric life. It only takes 15 minutes, but the film is a perfect introduction to the way dinosaurs were introduced into the Richmond psyche! Kronosaurus Korner founder Rob Ievers and his brother Ian relive their story of the discovery of the Richmond Pliosaur.
Get your hands dirty and look for your own prehistoric souvenirs at one of the area’s two designated fossicking areas just 12km from town.
While you probably can’t expect to find a complete skeletal structure, the chances are good that you’ll uncover the fossil of a small fish or marine reptile, a tooth, or squid.
A permit and specimen guide can be purchased at Kronosaurus Korner before you head out and anything you find you can take back to Kronosaurus Korner and the team will help you identify your find. If you don’t want to fossick on your own, time your visit to coincide with a one-day fossil hunting adventure. Learn to identify fossils from Kronosaurus Korner’s resident Curator. You might even get the bug and want to come back for one of the official digs.
Contact Kronosaurs Korner for the dig dates.
Pre bookings are essential.