Hughenden has a lot to offer travellers, with four national parks, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and rich fossils and dinosaur areas. Visit "Hughie", the seven metre-tall Muttaburrasaurus, and an impressive fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre.
While you are there, relive the glory days of sheep production and its subsequent demise in the "Shearing the Stragglers" exhibit. A small admission fee applies. 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. Ample bus and caravan parking is available while you enjoy the serenity of Robert Gray Memorial Park, on the banks of the Flinders River. This is just one four parks in town, each with wheelchair accessible toilets and picnic facilities.
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. Camping grounds are located at the Pyramid Lookout; campers should take their own water and be fully self-sufficient as there are no facilities available apart from composting toilets. There is no self registration available and camping permits are available from the Flinders Discovery Centre or by phoning 13 7468 or online at www.qld.gov.au/camping. The Basalt Byway is a scenic drive plotted through the picturesque volcanic basalt country side, boasting excellent lookouts and abundant flora and fauna. For four-wheel drive 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.
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.