Porcupine Gorge National Park
Located 74km north of Hughenden on the Kennedy Development Road. Road is fully sealed and camping available by pre-booking only. Experience what is dubbed Australia’s Little Grand Canyon!
Porcupine Gorge National Park provides a striking contract to the sparsely wooded, dry, flat plains which surround it. Covering 5410ha, the Park extends more than 25km along Porcupine Creek. The creek has carved an impressive canyon that reveals strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years. Over time the eroding action of the creek has created the Pyramid, with multicoloured sandstone rinsing from the floor of the gorge creating the shape of its name sake.
The 74km drive to the Porcupine Gorge is fully sealed and there are points of interest on the drive out. Call into the Flinders Discovery Centre before departure and grab the information sheet. You can even try your hand at fossicking for some belemites, a Cretaceous fossilised squid dated over 100 million years old.
The Gorge can be appreciated from two distinct areas. The first point is a lookout which gives a deep view into the Gorge and allows visitors to appreciated the depth and layers the creek has carved our over the years. Driving on a further 10km, visitors will arrive at the National Park campground. It is from this area a walking track leads into the base of the Gorge, where intermittent water holes line the base of the Gorge and the Pyramid formation is clearly seen. Take the time to walk through the Gorge and experience the awe of the amazing layers deposited throughout time.
With the Gorge being a water source, it attracts many animals. Birdswatching is popular at the park and the rufous bettongs likes the make an appearance for campers at night.
If you wish to camp at Porcupine Gorge, pre-booking is essential. Permit bookings can be made at the Flinders Discovery Centre, online at www.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 QGOV. It is recommended to book ahead during peak seasons. There are 22 sites, eight are Caravan sites and 14 are camper trailer and tent sites. There are composting toilets and picnic tables available at the Park and it is recommended visitors bring drinking water, fuel or gas stove and rubbish bags.
More information on Porcupine Gorge National Park.
- 07 4741 2970
- 07 4741 1029
- Porcupine Gorge National Park, Porcupine, QLD 4821