Pack your hard-hat and sense of adventure – just four hours’ drive west of Townsville, Hughenden is the most northerly destination on the Outback Queensland Masters.
It’s packed with dinosaur fossils, jaw-dropping scenery and mining history that will lead you deep underground.
See our top 3 things to do:
1. Say g’day to Hughie at the Flinders Discovery Centre
When you get to Hughenden – say g’day to ‘Hughie’, the seven metre-tall Muttaburrasaurus and the impressive fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre. Displaying amazing exhibits 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.
Don’t leave the centre without witnessing the amazing light and sound show that takes you back over 500 million years to the beginning of the formation of Porcupine Gorge.
2. Take an eco walk
Enjoy a walk along the diverse bioregions of the Flinders Shire at Eco Walk on Flinders. These ecosystems have been replicated along the northern banks of the Flinders River with over 1.5km of walking tracks. Along the pathway are species of flora and local artworks illustrating important events, and the myriad of diversity of the Flinders Shire.
3. Explore the Outback National Parks
Just outside Hughenden, Mount Walker rises out of the flat back soil plains, proving a great location for grazing across town and around the district.
Further afield, Porcupine Gorge National Park is a spectacular gorge 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. Camping grounds are located at the Pyramid Lookout; campers should take their own water and be full self-sufficient. Contact Parks and Wildlife for permits.
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37 Gray St, Hughenden QLD 4821
07 4741 2970
Accommodation includes a motel, hotel and caravan park accommodation.
GREAT WESTERN HOTEL-MOTEL 14 Brodie St, Hughenden (07) 4741 1454 firstname.lastname@example.org
HUGHENDEN ALLEN TERRY CARAVAN PARK 2 Resolution St, Hughenden (07) 4741 1190 hughendenvanpark.com.au
HUGHENDEN RV PARK Hughenden Showgrounds (07) 4741 2970 email@example.com
REST EASI MOTEL 11 Richmond Hill Dr, Hughenden (07) 4741 1633 resteasimotel.com
THE ROYAL HOTEL HUGHENDEN 21/23 Moran St, Hughenden (07) 4741 1183