Attractions Around the Region
Porcupine Gorge National Park
This spectacular gorge system running for 27km has two lookouts and camping facilties at the Pyramid Lookout with a 1.2km walking track from the camping area into the base. Intermittent water holes line the base of the Gorge and the Pyramid formation can be clearly seen from the base or top of the walking track. Activities include walking, bird watching and viewing wildlife such as Rufous Bettongs (small marsupials) during the night.
For campers, pre-booking is essential and permit bookings can be made at the Flinders Discovery Centre, online at www.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 QGOV. It is recommended to book ahead during peak seasons. There are 22 sites, 8 are caravan sites and 14 are camper trailer and tent sites. There are composing toilets and picnic tables available at the Park however it is recommended that visitors bring drinking water, fuel or gas stoves and rubbish bags.
First lookout located 63km north of Hughenden on the Kennedy Developmental Road and campground is another 11km north. Follow signage. Access available for all vehicles, fully sealed.
White Mountains National Park
A diverse rugged terrain and gorge systems, recommended for the more serious bushwalker. The park is has an arid landscape for most of the year; however when a season has been favourable White Mountains comes alive in winter with colourful wildflowers.
The Cann Creek campgrounds is the only camping facility with limited facilities and pre-booking is essential. Campers can purchase permits at the Flinders Discovery Centre, online at www.qld.gov.au or by telphoning 13 QGOV. When dry, the camp area is accessible by high clearance vehicles with care however rain can make it boggy and inaccessible. The area is accessible by camper trailers however caravans and buses are not recommended.
Located 80km north-east of Hughenden. Cann Creek Campground is 11km west of the Burra Range lookout & 19km east of Torrens Creek (turn off near the Burra Range Rest Area & Toilets). It is 10km from the main park access. Recommended high clearance vehicles and camper trailers only.
Moorrinya National Park
This Park is part of the Desert Uplans and the area's vegtation is dominated by grassland plains and eucalypt and acacia woodlands. More than 400 plant species have been identified in the park including the near threatened blue grass, Dichanthium setosum.
The park is a wildlife refuge, protecting some of Australia's most iconic animals including kangaroos, koalas, emus and wedge-tailed eagles as well as protecting threatened species including the square-tailed kite, squatter pigeon and Julia Creek dunnart. Activities include bush walking, mountain biking, trail bike and 4WD Driving (supply your own) and viewing wildlife. With 165 birds, 40 reptile, 17 mammal, 9 frog and 7 fish species recorded in the park, nature lovers will be kept busy!
Camping at Moorrinya is in a remote and undeveloped setting near the old woolshed. Pre-booking is essential and campers can purchase permits at the Flinders Discovery Centre, online at www.qld.gov.au or by telephoning 13 QGOV.
Located 90km south of Torrens Creek on the Torrens Creek - Aramac Road. 4WD Recommended.
Blackbraes National Park
This park covers two bioregions. the Einasleigh Uplands and Gulf Plains. Rising and falling hills and ranges surround the basalt outcrops, black soil plains and seasonal swamps. The park is approx 850m above sea level so a wetter and generally cooler climate occurs in the area. Visitors can try their hand at gem fossicking at the nearby Moonstone Hill Reserve, which is a volcanic crater and popular with fossickers.
Fossicking requires a licence and they can be purchased from the Flinders Discovery Centre or from QLD Mining and Safety. Viewing wildlife is great at Blackbraes, with birdwatching at Emu Swamp Dam a nice choice with over 30 waterbird species recorded. Greater gliders, rufous bettongs, bandicoots, insects, frogs and snakes can be seen during a night spotlighting trip at the National Park as well. While at Blackbraes, visitors can use the roads throughout the park and reserves to do walking, mountain biking, trail-bike riding and four-wheel driving.
Camping is near the Emu Swamp dam with minimal shade and 4WD vehicles and camper trailers only. Pre-booking is essential and campers can purchase permits at the Flinders Discovery Centre, online at www.qld.gov.au or by telephoning 13 QGOV.
Located 170km north of Hughenden. Recommended 4WD and camper trailers only.
Named by William Landsborough in 1862 after fellow explorer Frederick Walker. Standing 478m above sea level, visitors are treated to six spectacular lookouts scanning the district over 360 degrees. Mount Walker has become a popular spot to enjoy sunset and is a photographer's delight. The road is fully sealed to the top of the mountain, which is dirt. Picnic tables and seating.
Located 10km south of Hughenden on the Muttaburra Road. Fully sealed. Not recommended for larger motor homes, buses or vehicles towing due to 16% incline.
This 4WD track takes visitors on a 95km journey through some amazing country featuring rolling basalt walls and deep valleys. Basalt rock is typically the first lava to issue from a volcano, bringing us back to the regions prehistoric days. Visitors will pass through many grazing properties which were once sheep stations but as times progressed have turned to cattle grazing.
Travellers may be able to spot a kangaroo or two as well as dingos, emus and other birdlife. If visiting during the winter months, wildflowers and flowering gums will be out in full force, amongst them a wildflower called the Flinders Poppy which the Hughenden district is well known for. On this track the Flinders River will be crossed and waterholes are prominet during the wet season. Call into the Flinders Discovery Centre for directions and maps.
Departs on the Torver Valley Road, looping back to Hughenden on the Old Richmond Road. Recommended 4WD only. Please check road conditions before departure.
Eromanga Sea Byway
This 202km Byway takes the traveller over sections of what once was the Eromanga Sea one hundred and ten million years ago. During the drive you will see the diversity of the landscapes through the black soil downs, rolling Mitchell grass plains and up to the Desert Uplands. Take the opportunity to call into the Kooroorinya Nature Reserve located a short distance off the designated byway (pictured left) and perhaps even camp the night! Call into the Flinders Discovery Centre for directions and maps.
Departs Hughenden on the Muttaburra Road, before heading east to connect with the Prairie Muttaburra Road which leads back to Prairie. Recommended 4WD only. Please check road conditions before departure.
Flinders River Byway
This 32km 4WD track crosses the sandy Flinders River and travels through grazing land with beautiful views of the basalt walls running along the horizon. After visiting Porcupine Gorge National Park may like to travel on the Flinders River Byway and visit the little town of Prairie, 44 km east of Hughenden. Make sure you call into the Hotel and visit their unique friends and hear the story of the Prairie Ringer, a ghostly prowler.Call into the Flinders Discovery Centre for directions and maps.
Connects the Flinders Highway with the Kennedy Developmental Road via the Flinders River. Recommended for 4WD only. Please check road conditions before departure.