This small town on the Flinders River in the Gulf Country serves the surrounding sheep and cattle properties. The town's main street is lined with beautiful bougainvilleas. In recent years Richmond has become the centre of attention as an area rich in marine fossils dating back around 100 million years, when outback Queensland was submerged under an inland sea.
Kronosaurus Korner, 91–93 Goldring St; (07) 4741 3429
Nearby national parks
Kronosaurus Korner This marine-fossil museum has a renowned collection of vertebrate fossils, all found in the Richmond Shire. The museum and exhibition space holds more than 200 exhibits, including the 100-million-year-old armoured dinosaur Minmi, Australia's best-preserved dinosaur. There is also an activity centre, children's discovery area and fossil preparation area where visitors can watch the palaeontologist at work. Guided museum tours, as well as tours to nearby fossicking sites with a palaeontologist, are available (groups of 10 or more, bookings essential). Goldring St; (07) 4741 3429.
Cobb & Co. coach:
Cobb & Co. coach:beautifully restored coach with informative history display; Lions Park, Goldring St.
Gidgee Wheel Arts and Crafts: local craft; Harris St.
Lake Fred Tritton: recreational lake for waterskiing, picnics and walks. Enjoy the Richmond Community Bush Tucker Garden, which showcases beautiful native plants and was a finalist for the Banksia Environmental Awards; eastern outskirts.
replica of the old Cambridge Downs Homestead from the late 1800s; contains memorablia and machinery from pioneer days; Goldring St.
Heritage walk: follow the self-guide trail with informative history at each stop. It includes the historic flagstone and adobe building, Richmond Hotel, St John the Baptist Church and the Pioneer Cemetery; brochure available from visitor centre.
Fossicking sites: guided tours to nearby areas; details from visitor centre.
Caravan parks around town
Rest areas around town
Richmond park area 1 km
Just off the highway at Lake Fred Tritton on the east side of town.
Marathon rest area 46 km
67km W of Hughenden (L) or 48km E of Richmond (R)
Just off the highway.
Maxwelton rest area 48 km
49km W of Richmond (R) or 100km E of Julia Creek (L)
Just off the highway.
What's on around town
Fossil Festival: even-numbered years, Apr/May.
Richmond Great Outback Challenge: sports carnival; odd-numbered years, Oct.