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Giant dinosaur built in Melbourne park to get kids out of the house

A giant interactive dinosaur based on a Muttaburrasaurus has been built in a playground in Melbourne, with the aim of the Medibank project to get youngsters out and exploring outside again. The Muttaburrassurus was discovered by a farmer in 1963 – stumbling across a fossilised skeleton near the Queensland town of Muttaburra. A huge herbivore, it lived in Australia around 100 million years ago and may have weighed up to 2.8 tonnes.

The playground version is a little more friendly for kids – with a a climbing rope in its belly, a slide in the tail, a sandpit for toddlers, rock climbing holds on its legs and a megaphone mouth you can roar into just like a dinosaur – perfect, we think, for parents trying to relax! There’s even a book by local illustrator, Annie Davidson, who designed it to accompany the installation to bring the dino to life.

The Muttaburrasaurus illustrated book
Muttaburrasaurus crawling with kids
The Muttaburrasaurus sculpture is big!
The awesome big Muttaburrasaurus sculpture
Up close and personal with the awesome big Muttaburrasaurus sculpture
The awesome big Muttaburrasaurus sculpture with kids everywhere
Up close and personal with the awesome big Muttaburrasaurus sculpture
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