| 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.
The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the only attraction in the world dedicated to a song. Self guided tours allow you to experience this multi-award winning attraction at your own pace. Pull up a stump by the waters edge, in the "Billabong Theatrette" where the ghost tells his side of the story of Waltzing Matilda. Learn the truth, myth and romance behind Australia's favourite song in the interactive "Home of the Legends" room. Explore the fascinating timeline of Winton's history in the Qantilda Pioneer Place Museum. Visit the Outback Regional Gallery and Foyer, offering new exhibitions every six to eight weeks. You can also pick up a gift in the "Station Store" or just relax in the Coolibah Cafe.
For your convenience an accredited Visitor Information Centre and Westpac In-store Bank is also located inside the Centre.
On Sunday the 6th of April 2014 the Waltzing Matilda Centre hosts - Waltzing Matilda Day. Celebrating the inaugural performance of our national song at the North Gregory Hotel on April 6th 1895.
2014 sees the history of the horse and our pioneering past celebrated. The Waltzing Matilda Centre hosts a fun filled day of various activities including; horse demonstrations, bush poetry, whip cracking and saddler work.