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Richmond Queensland

A small outback pastoral community with a mining history.

At a Glance

Richmond lies between Mount Isa and Townsville, many see Richmond as a stopping point between these two locations but Richmond does have its own charms. There are a huge diversity of bushes, shrubs and wildflower around the area. Proximity to the Flinders River also provides visitor a good chance to chill off and take a refreshing bath in its waterholes.

One of the most notable place in Richmond is the Kronosaurus Korner which showcases important fossils of ancient creatures. Richmond is the site of a number of discoveries of fossilised remains of an ancient marine reptile known as the Kronosaurus. The area is one of the places that are rich in fossils as it was once part of an inland sea in Australia. To commemorate the find in 1929, the specimen was named ‘Kronosaurus Queenslandicus’.



Where is Richmond?


Richmond is 1551 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Richmond is situated on the Flinders Highway near the Flinders River in Outback Queensland to the southeast of Townsville. The fastest way to reach Richmond is to drive after reaching Townsville via a plane flight.


Things to see in Richmond


Richmond Fossil Hunting Site

Unlock your inner-palaeontologist and explore Australia’s ancient marine past at Richmond’s Free Fossil Hunting Sites. The ancient treasures of the Free Fossil Hunting Sites were deposited around 100 million years ago when Richmond was covered by a shallow inland sea. By turning a few stones over you may uncover a fossil fish, squid, shark tooth, bivalve or giant marine reptile. Who knows, your discoveries may change how palaeontologist interpret Australia’s ancient past.

Richmond Fossil Hunting Site

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Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre

The Richmond Shire Council are conscious that the historical and cultural background of our unique history was in danger of being lost in a rapidly changing world and the replica will provide a location for the display of local records and artefacts. It is hoped that the Centre will grow as residents; both past and present offer other exhibits.


Kronosaurus Korner

Kronosaurus Korner is Australia's premier marine fossil museum. Fossils from the area include the 100-115 million year old remains of extinct marine reptiles, fishes, ammonites and squids that once dominated Australia's ancient inland sea. While fossils of extinct marine reptiles were found in the area during the 1860s, the catalyst for developing the museum occurred in 1989 with the discovery of the spectacular 'Richmond Pliosaur' on a property called Marathon Station near Richmond. The 'Richmond Pliosaur' was recognised by palaeontologists for representing one of the best preserved Cretaceous marine reptile fossils in the world.

Kronosaurus Korner

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland


Jack Brown Lions Park

Located on the Flinders Highway, alongside Lakeview Caravan Park, Jack Brown Lions Park War Memorial depicts a stylisation of three rifles marking the graves of three soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme, France during the Great War. The Memorial holds the Roll of Honour for individuals from the Richmond region who served and died at war.



What's the weather like?


Richmond experiences a dry tropical climate where instead of four seasons, has only two distinct wet and dry season of nearly equal duration. Most of the rainfall occurs during the wet summer and very little precipitation occurs in the dry winter. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 36°C with an average minimum of 23°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 26°C with an average minimum of 10°C.


Get to know Richmond's history


Richmond was originally called Richmond Downs, named after the nearby pastoral run which was named after the Richmond River in New South Wales from which the landholders of the area came from. Ludwig Leichhardt was the first to camp the area in 1862. Richmond became an important stop in the 1880s to a nearby town where gold was discovered. The town was renamed Richmond in 1899. Presently, Richmond is home to about 500 people.