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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Meanwhile in Hughenden | #outbackqueensland

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Followed by
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3-4 July – Quilpie, @visitquilpieshire
10-11 July – Blackall, @betterinblackall 
17-18 July – Hughenden, @visithughenden 
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Instagram post 17887061222082991 When in Outback Queensland a little detour or pit stop will have amazing results!

Just like @ourlifeontop found when they did a detour to Torrens Creek (about 90kms East of Hughenden).

They found this beautiful mural painted by @drapl 

Hint- keep on the look out for more artwork!

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Instagram post 17902722550781321 Have you met Mutt?

He stands tall and proud on the Stansfield/Gray street intersection in Hughenden. Mutt is a fibreglass full bodied Muttaburrasaurus replica standing about eight metres long and four metres high.

The first Muttaburrasaurus was discovered along the Thompson River in 1963 in Muttaburra, Central Queensland. Since this first discovery there have been several Muttaburrasaurus finds in the Outback Queensland including here in the Flinders Shire.

Make sure to pull up and take a photo with the gentle giant! 

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Instagram post 18188465383068581 Did you know Hughenden is framed by 4 National Parks?

Head east 80km to White Mountains National Park, known for its contrasting white sandstone structures and colourful wildflowers that spring to life in the winter months (pictured).

Trek 65km north to Porcupine National Park and you’ll find sandstone gorges that are nothing short of breath-taking.

Head further north to come across Blackbraes National Park, a stretch of Ironbark woodlands, home to native wildlife such as grey kangaroos. 

Adventure south-east of town and you’ll stumble across Moorrinya National Park, an outback camping oasis where you can set up along waterways that wind through eucalypt, acacia, and paperbark woodlands.

Great photo by @foxhelicopters 

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