FOL­LOW IN GI­ANT FOOT­STEPS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - ESCAPE -

It’s the Land Be­fore Time … but for real. For bud­ding di­nosaur en­thu­si­asts like us, a visit to Gantheaume Point, 6km from the town cen­tre was mind blow­ing, re­veal­ing an­cient di­nosaur foot­prints thought to be the largest and old­est on record, not just in Aus­tralia, but also the world.

Dat­ing back to the early Cre­ta­ceous pe­riod and said to be ap­prox­i­mately 130 mil­lion years old, we found a three-toed thero­pod (pos­si­bly a tyran­nosaurus) and fur­ther north at James Price Point, the only traces that ex­ist of stegosaurus prints any­where in Aus­tralia.

There was also a mas­sive 1.7m-round sauro­pod print. Be­lieved to be etched by a bron­tosaurus, it’s big enough to dou­ble up as kids’ pool. Univer­sity of Queens­land re­searcher Steve Sal­is­bury dubbed James Price Point “Aus­tralia’s own Juras­sic Park”.

He says it is home to five types of preda­tory di­nosaur tracks, at least six types from long-necked her­biv­o­rous sauropods, four types from two-legged her­biv­o­rous or­nithopods and six types of tracks from ar­moured di­nosaurs.

Broome Hover­craft Tours of­fer a Scenic and Pre­his­toric tour that can get you to the prints with­out hav­ing to worry about nav­i­gat­ing the tides. We found them our­selves on very low tide but be sure to get your cal­cu­la­tions right as move­ment can be as much as 10m (the largest in the South­ern Hemi­sphere) … and trust me, af­ter see­ing those crocs, you do not want to get caught out in the wild. To visit safely with a crew check out broome­hover­craft.com.au

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