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.