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About Porcupine Gorge

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Getting there and getting around

Access to Porcupine Gorge National Park (including the lookout and camping area) is fully sealed. From Hughenden, follow the Kennedy Developmental Road north for 60km to reach the turn-off to the gorge lookout. The lookout carpark is 1.5km from the turn-off. The turn-off to the Pyramid camping and day-use areas and the Pyramid track is a further 11km north along the Kennedy Developmental Road. At this turn-off, follow the Mount Emu Plains Road for 4.5km, then turn east and follow the road for 2.5km to reach the camping and day-use areas.

If travelling beyond the park, further north to Blackbraes National Park or the Lynd Junction, please note that the Kennedy Developmental Road is unsealed in some sections. When dry, this road is accessible to all vehicle types with care. Travellers should expect to encounter bulldust, corrugations, exposed rocks, creek crossings, other vehicles, native wildlife, cattle and road trains. After storms the road may be temporarily closed or inaccessible to conventional vehicles and caravans.

Contact the RACQ or Flinders Shire Council to enquire about local road conditions (see tourism information links below for contact details).

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Pyramid campground has wheelchair-accessible toilets and some campsites have wheelchair-accessible picnic tables. To see which campsites are suitable for wheelchair access, refer to camping in Porcupine Gorge National Park.

The Gorge lookout is wheelchair accessible with assistance.

Park features

View from Pyramid lookout. Photo: Queensland Government.

View from Pyramid lookout. Photo: Queensland Government.

Covering an area of 5410ha, Porcupine Gorge National Park extends for more than 25kms along Porcupine Creek and includes surrounding open woodland and grassland. The creek has carved an impressive canyon that reveals strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years.

In the wider section of the gorge the eroding action of the creek has also created the Pyramid, an isolated monolith of multicoloured sandstone rising from the floor of the gorge, shaped as its name suggests.

Read more about the natural environment of Porcupine Gorge National Park.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is available at the Pyramid camping areas. To ensure a site during holiday periods you will need to book a camp sites several weeks in advance online. Campers should bring their own drinking water, as the water supply is unreliable.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

There are motels and caravan parks at Hughenden. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Pyramid track. Photo: Queensland Government.

Pyramid track. Photo: Queensland Government.

Walking

Pyramid track (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 2.4kms return
Time: allow 1.5hrs

Details: Starting from the Pyramid campground a gradually descending walking track leads to the bottom of the gorge, allowing exploration of the gorge floor. The return journey to the campground, back along the same track, requires a moderate level of fitness as the track is relatively steep.

Pyramid lookout (Grade: easy)

Distance: 400m return
Time: Allow 20mins walking

Details: Starting from the second day-use area carpark this easy walk through sparse open woodland leads to the Pyramid lookout and finishes at the day-use area ring road.

Picnic and day-use areas

There is a day-use area at the Pyramid camping area providing wheelchair-accessible toilets, and sheltered picnic tables.

Viewing wildlife

The gorge, with its water source, attracts many animals. Some are permanent residents but others only appear in the dry season. Birds abound so remember to bring your binoculars.

See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about the wildlife of Porcupine Gorge.

Things to know before you go

Sheltered picnic table Pyramid day-use area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Sheltered picnic table Pyramid day-use area. Photo: Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

Temperatures in the gorge are noticeably cooler than on the surrounding plains and visitors are advised to bring warm clothing, especially during the winter months.

Campers should bring their own drinking water as the water supply is unreliable.

Opening hours

Porcupine Gorge National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Porcupine Gorge National Park.

Climate and weather

The hottest months in the park are October to March, when the average maximum temperature is often above 35°C. In the cooler months, June to August, the average maximum is 25°C and the minimum drops to about 10°C. However, temperatures in Porcupine Gorge are generally lower and visitors should bring warm clothing, particularly in winter. Most rain falls in the summer months, December to April, with little rain in winter.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Hughenden.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Ensure that vehicles and trailers are in sound mechanical order. Drive according to the road conditions and your vehicle’s capabilities.
  • Carry adequate food, first-aid equipment, fuel and basic vehicle repair equipment in case of unexpected delays or breakdown.
  • Stay clear of cliff edges and steep rock faces—serious injury or death may result from a fall.
  • Supervise children closely.
  • Keep to the walking tracks at all times and heed safety signs.
  • You may encounter cattle. Do not startle or approach these animals. Never block their path.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, protective clothing and sturdy footwear.
  • Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from creeks and rivers.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Open fires are not permitted inside the park. Always use fuel or gas stoves for cooking.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

The Porcupine Gorge National Park management plan (PDF, 465K) guides the management of this park.

Tourism information links

Flinders Discovery Centre
www.visithughenden.com.au
37 Gray Street, Hughenden Qld 4821
ph (07) 4741 2970
fax (07) 4741 1029
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
15 September 2016