If there is one song that lives in the hearts of all Australians, it is "Waltzing Matilda".
The song, written by A. B. "Banjo" Paterson in 1895, has played a significant part in defining the Australian character. "Waltzing Matilda" inspires the Australian spirit. It can be a feel-good song, a rousing chorus or simply impart a feeling of nostalgia. It is sung at sporting events, in schools and by expatriates all over the world.
You can learn the truth and the myth behind the writing of the song when you visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, the geographical heart of Queensland. Find out why the song is as relevant to Australians today as it was over 110 years ago.
The Centre was built in 1998 after the centenary celebrations for the song, "Waltzing Matilda" and is constantly evolving. The Waltzing Matilda Centre uses today's technology and interactive displays to interpret the song, our history and what it is to be Australian.