Winton beckons of a school holiday with a difference

SICK of theme parks, crowds and the kids whining during school holidays?

Winton and Outback Queensland have put out the call to families across Australia to try a holiday with a difference and venture into Queensland’s Outback to experience Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.

Winton, a small town of less than 1000 people is hosting its second annual Outback Film Festival where evening films are screened under the stars in the historic Royal Theatre, one of only two remaining in Australia.

A new addition to this year’s festival is the Vision Splendid Opals Kid’s Club, which will include kids’ films in the Opal Theatre, workshops and hands-on activities.

A highlighted family day is Monday, June 29 with the Kids’ Drive-in Theatre with master prop maker Adam Head.

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Children will create their very own ‘drive in’ at this delightful workshop.

Paper plane making will also occur, and a year’s supply of Nestle goodies is up for grabs in the Qantas Paper Plane Competition.

Following the action during the day, families are encouraged to come and see the film Paper Planes, an imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

Explore around Winton and you will unearth some amazing finds.

It has a rich history to be discovered as the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda and Qantas and links to the great shearers’ strike of 1891.

Winton is home to Australia’s richest collection of dinosaur fossils, which can easily be explored at Australian Age of Dinosaurs located within 30 minutes of Winton.

Venture into the surrounding towns of Corfield, Middleton and Opalton where you can try your hand at opal fossicking or take a Vision Splendid Locations Tour to the sites where films were made.

The region is home to diverse natural history and spectacular landscapes: rolling Mitchell Grass Downs are suddenly interrupted by mesa formations, starkly beautiful red earth, channel country and undulating plains as far as the eye can see.

This is big sky country and we promise you an amazing night sky of stars you won’t see in the city.

Winton is located in central western Queensland on the Landsborough Highway, 178km northwest of Longreach; 470km southeast of Mount Isa and about 1500km from Brisbane.

Winton has family rooms available in hotels, motels and cabins, as well as caravan parks and camping facilities.

For a real experience where you’ll have time to spend with each other and make time for the simple pleasures in life, Winton and the Vision Splendid Film Festival is the place to be.

So do something a little crazy but lots of fun this school holidays.

Pack the car, turn up the radio for a singalong and journey into the Outback.

Memories will be made.

For discounted tickets, a program and information on where to stay, visit www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com

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