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Cooper’s Country Lodge Discovery Experience

Stay on site at Cooper’s Country Lodge in the brand new air conditioned 4 star accommodation while you immerse yourself in this enlightening hands on prehistoric outback experience.

Experience a journey with local guides on the ‘Australian Giants Dinosaurs Tour'. Touch a 90 million year old Dinosaur Bone, meet ‘Cooper’ Australia’s largest Dinosaur and learn about the mega beasts that came after the dinosaur’s extinction. After lunch you get to work with the senior Technicians, who will assist you through the processes of fossil identification and preparation. Learn to remove surrounding clay with air scribes and small tools, cleaning and consolidating bones, jig sawing and gluing bone pieces together, wet sieving/sorting sediments or look for microfossils under the microscope.

Be part of a dedicated team in preserving the prehistoric history of Outback Australia.


  • 2 nights 4 star ensuite accommodation at Cooper’s Country Lodge
  • 2 Continental breakfast hampers,1 lunch
  • Airport transfers from Eromanga (also available from Quilpie at extra cost)
  • Full day guided tour including:
    • Australian Dinosaur Giants Tour (guided tour)
    • Induction and fossil preparation training session with a senior Museum Technician(safety gear and all tools provided)
    • Touch 95 million year old dinosaur bone
    • Talk to locals as they work on removing the rock from our large collection of fossils
    • Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur ‘Cooper’ and his many ‘friends’
    • Meet the Australian megafauna, the world’s largest marsupials and lizards.
    • Discover the natural history of Outback Australia.
    • Complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits

Cooper's Country Lodge Discovery Experience Package

Rates Per Person per Package
Single $400.00 per person
Twin $260.00 per person for 2 adults
Outback Family Suite - two joining studio rooms
Triple $250.00 per person for 3 adults
Quad $225.00 per person for 4 adults
Family $217.50 per person for 2 adults and 2 children
Extra Person $150.00
The above rates are quoted in Australian Dollars (are subject to change without notice). Ensure you read our Terms & Conditions before booking.


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Special Notes / Conditions:

  • Family Rates applicable for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Children - Tour is not suitable for children under 12 years. Children aged 12 – 15 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Cancellation / Change Fee – Within 3 days of travel any changes or cancellations will incur 100% penalty.
  • Rates valid from 01 Apr 17
  • Due to safety reasons Management reserves the right to refuse participation in the induction
    and training session

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Holotype?

A holotype is a valuable original specimen that describes a new species.  It is a term used to describe a specimen that is the first known of its kind anywhere in the world.  A holotype can be any type of fossil, and it serves as the name-bearer of the species.  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.  These are rare and exciting discoveries, which help fill important gaps in the fossil record. 

Every animal and plant that is scientifically described is represented by a holotype.  If a scientist wishes to study the unique traits of a species, it is usually the holotype specimen they study.  The holotypes are the crown jewels of any museum collection.  These priceless specimens need to be stored and conserved at standards that meet the Code of International Zoological Nomenclature.

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