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Waltzing Matilda Centre

The Walzing Matilda Centre is currently closed, die to a fire that destroyed the Centre on Thursday 18th June 2015. Winton Shire Council, on behalf of the Community, intends to rebuild, with a proposed new building opening in early 2017.


The information detailed below is for historical purposes only.

The Waltzing Matilda Centre is the first museum in the world dedicated to a song. ‘Waltzing Matilda’ was written by ‘Banjo’ Paterson whilst holidaying on Dagworth Station. Legend has it that this song was first performed in public at the North Gregory Hotel.

The Waltzing Matilda Centre incorporates a nostalgic light and sound show in the Billabong Theatrette, and interprets the song through interactive and technical displays in the ‘Home of the Legend’ room. The Waltzing Matilda Centre also incorporates the Qantilda Pioneer Place Museum, which celebrates the achievements and lifestyle of Winton’s pioneers. Also housed in the complex is the Outback Regional Gallery, which has an attractive program of competitions, individual and touring exhibitions.

The Waltzing Matilda Centre came into being, thanks to the determination of the Winton community, which worked diligently to raise funds for this Museum. The Waltzing Matilda Centre opened in 1998. The Sarah Riley theaterette was added in 2002. There has also been the addition of the Banjo Paterson Room, opening in December 2004, which is used to showcase travelling exhibitions. Most recently, the Billabong Courtyard has undergone refurbishment and revitalisation, officially opening in April 2008 at the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

Operating Hours Admission - Waltzing Matilda Centre Only
April to October
Daily 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Public Holidays 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
$11.00 - Child
$19.00 - Concession
$22.00 - Adult
$52.00 - Family
November to March
Monday to Friday 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.
Public Holidays 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m.