Dinosaur Dreaming is a joint project between Museum Victoria and Monash University. The name was coined by one of the Dinosaur Dreaming crew members when someone mentioned that volunteers who worked on the annual digs usually began to dream about dinosaurs.
The main Dinosaur Dreaming fossil site is located near Inverloch on the Bass Coast, south-east of Melbourne. It was discovered in 1991 by researchers from Monash University and Museum Victoria as part of an on-going search for Early Cretaceous fossils in Victoria. The site has yielded more than 10,000 fossil bones and teeth since its discovery, including at least seven different dinosaurs, three groups of mammals, birds, pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, turtles and fish.
A book and educational CD have been produced to mark the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Dinosaur Dreaming fossil locality, as well as the many other sites along the Bass Coast.
"Dinosaur Dreaming: Exploring the Bass Coast of Victoria" is a record of dinosaur hunting in Victoria from when the first Australian dinosaur bone was found in 1907 at Eagle's Nest to present day. The Dinosaur Dreaming CD contains 30 activities for children of primary school age, as well as five PowerPoint presentations on different aspects of Dinosaur Dreaming.
Since 2014 the focus of the Dinosaur Dreaming project has shifted to a fossil locality, approximately 230 km south-west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast. Named "Eric the Red West" for reasons explained here, this fossil locality is proving to be a treasure trove of exciting discoveries and has the potential to yield a bonanza of fossil bones and teeth for many years to come.