Hanging in Hughey over Summer

Whether you’re a local, dropping in on the rellies (relatives) or just passing through, spending summer days in Hughenden promises a fun experience for everyone. Here are some tips to make the most of your time:

1. Begin with a Lakeside Sunrise

Embrace the magic of summer mornings and head to Hughenden Recreational Lake. Watch the sunrise over the calm waters as you take in the symphony of birdlife. Continue on your way with a stroll or bike ride around the lake to immerse yourself in some outback tranquillity. 

2. Inflatables, Water Fun and Plenty of Time

Pack a marquee or beach umbrella and head to the swimming beach for a morning of lakeside enjoyment. Let the kids revel in inflatable fun or bring their own water toys, allowing you the chance to finally dive into that summer novel while they cool off. If you prefer shade, explore the lake’s undercover areas equipped with playground facilities for the little ones. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap.

3. Water Adventures and Relaxation

The lake is a hum with watercraft activities during the summer months. Ski boats dot the waters, and kids line up eager for tube rides. If you’ve stayed for the day be sure to catch the late afternoon sunset – the perfect stage for a relaxed barbecue while soaking in one of Hughenden’s famous sunsets. 

4. Angling Adventures

For fishing enthusiasts, the lake is stocked with five species of freshwater fish, including Barramundi. Early mornings or late afternoons are opportune times to try your luck. Redclaw (yabbies), a local delicacy, can also be caught, with fishing supplies available at the local hardware. Limits apply but many travelers have been able to catch their dinner by the lake. Over the summer holidays, it’s the perfect time to try your luck and drop a line in.  

5. A Little Bit of History for the Little Ones

The Hughenden Recreational Lake has some old historic machinery nearby. If your little ones learn by climbing and playing there’s a little bit of history waiting for them.

6. Beyond the Lake

Aside from the lake, Hughenden offers a public pool, an undercover skate park, and a 24-hour air-conditioned gym for those looking to stay active. Art lovers can follow an art trail or embark on one of three scenic tourist drives to admire breathtaking landscapes. Explore the pub scene, with two pubs in Hughenden and, for a historical touch, visit Prairie Pub and the Oasis Exchange Hotel in Torrens Creek. While the Flinders Discovery Centre is closed between Christmas and New Year, it reopens on January 2nd.

7. Sweet Summer Treats

What summer holiday is complete without a sweet indulgence? All this time in the heat of the outback summer will certainly set the tone for a soft-serve ice cream cone. Sourrey’s is your go-to for this classic Aussie summer treat. Better enjoy it quickly though as the summer heat will ensure it melts in your hand – eat up! 

8. Nature Lover’s Retreat: Summer in the Gorge

For a nature-filled escape, head to Porcupine Gorge. During this time of year, you might have the whole place to yourself. Hike down with a picnic, savour the day by the water holes dipping in and out to cool off as the lazy day dictates then return late afternoon when the track is shaded. Bring your camera, a book, or a sketch pad if you have the luxury of time and no rush to leave. Find some shade and as always slip, slop, slap. 

It’s Been Another Big Year, Time To Be Still!

As the summer holidays unfold, it’s time to take advantage of the extra time, reflect on the year that was, unwind and relish in life’s simple pleasures. Then when the outback has worked its restful magic on you, start to set your plans for the new year. 

Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays from Hughey!

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