Hughenden

About Hughenden


Population: 1,180

Location: Flinders Shire

 

Hughenden has a lot to offer travellers, with four national parks, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and rich fossil and dinosaur areas.

Visit “Hughie”, the seven metre-tall Muttaburrasaurus, and an impressive fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre, which is also an accredited Information Centre. While you are there, relive the glory days of sheep production and its subsequent demise in the “Shearing the Straggler” exhibit.

Follow the windmill blades through the streets of Hughenden, exploring the history and art features of the town. Meet “Mutt”, a full-bodied Muttaburrasaurus replica along the way.

Just outside Hughenden, Mount Walker rises out of the flat black soil plains, providing great views across town and around the district. Further afield is spectacular Porcupine Gorge National Park, often referred to as Australia’s “Little Grand Canyon”. The first lookout gives you an indication of the depth and magnitude of the gorge and is a must-see for all visitors.

The Basalt Byway is a scenic drive plotted through picturesque volcanic basalt countryside, boasting excellent lookouts and abundant flora and fauna. For four-wheel-driving enthusiasts, the Eromanga Sea Byway traces the edge of the prehistoric inland sea. Make the sandy crossing on the Flinders River Byway and reward yourself with a cold drink at the Prairie Pub.

Where To Stay

Experiences

Porcupine Gorge National Park

Towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine-forest fringing Porcupine Creek provide a striking contrast with surrounding flat plains. Porcupine Gorge is an impressive canyon that has been carved into the landscape by the eroding action of Porcupine Creek, revealing strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years.

Moorrinya National Park

This remote park has dry, flat plains criss-crossed by watercourses and covered in open eucalypt, paperbark and acacia woodlands and grasslands. Moorrinya is a wildlife refuge, protecting Australian icons such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and dingoes, as well as rare and threatened species such as the square-tailed kite,

Historic Coolabah Tree

The Historic Coolabah Tree is situated past the causeway on the right as you head to the Hughenden Showgrounds. It is of immense historical importance as it is linked to two relief expeditions searching for the Burke and Wills Expedition. Both expeditions blazed the tree on the banks

Flinders Discovery Centre

This huge display area houses an amazing exhibition of fossils from around the world, as well as an extensive and growing display of fossils from the local area. ‘Hughie” is the star attraction; a life size skeletal replica of a Muttaburrasaurus. Come and witness the amazing light and

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Follow the footsteps of Australia's droving heroes, who lead thousands of cattle from the Northern Territory across Queensland to coastal markets and discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland.

Starting in Townsville, it takes you through Charters Towers and the Outback towns of Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa and Camooweal on the Queensland-Northern Territory border. The entire journey is 1097kms.

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Instagram post 17884526623863406 Located 170km north of Hughenden on the Kennedy Developmental Road is Blackbraes National Park and Resource Reserve. 

Along with two other adjacent resource reserves Moonstone Hill and Kennedy Road Gravel, they cover about 52 000 ha. 

These parks and reserves also cover 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.

Bush camping is available near Emu Swamp and Moonstone Hill. @qldparks Camping permits are required and fees apply.

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Instagram post 17867216075008983 Stamford is situated 61 kilometres south of Hughenden and is steeped with Outback history. 

It was once an overnight stop for Cobb and Co Coaches travelling from Hughenden to Winton. 

A rail line to Stamford was opened on the 13 December 1897 and became a busy railhead for local wool graziers. 

The Stamford of today is a much more relaxed place with a community sports club and a country racetrack.

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