FOLLOW IN GIANT FOOTSTEPS
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