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.

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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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