Getting Here

Inlander trainHughenden and surrounds are serviced by rail, plane and bus routes and is a very accessible destination for those who prefer self-drive. There are five major roads entering Hughenden, from the north, south, east and west. Situated on the Overlanders Way approximately half- way between Townsville and Mount Isa, the Hughenden region is a hub for many destinations.

By Self Drive

Easily the most common choice for travellers, the self-drive option allows visitors more flexibility and accessibility to see all the attractions and experiences.

Self drive

Hughenden does not have car hire options however larger towns or cities nearby (such as Townsville, Mount Isa or Longreach) do have options if you are looking at travelling further into Outback Queensland.

The fully sealed Flinders Highway (Overlanders Way) runs from Townsville to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Hughenden is 376km west of Townsville and 519 km east of Mount Isa. Access from the north is through the Kennedy Developmental Road. This partly sealed road is best checked before travelling as rain can change road conditions very quickly. Heading south on the Kennedy Developmental Road to Winton is a sealed road and accessible to all vehicles. The unsealed road to Muttaburra also takes travellers south and is only recommended for 4WD and high clearance vehicles. Hughenden is also part of Australia's Dinosaur Trail which connects Hughenden, Richmond and Winton together in a prehistoric trail for young and old.

Please check road conditions prior to travel by contacting the Flinders Discovery Centre or viewing road conditions here.

Hughenden Distances Information Sheet

By Coach

Bus Queensland

Bus Queensland service runs between Townsville & Mt Isa with a break in Hughenden. Services run Monday & Saturday at lunchtime (TSV to Hughenden), Tuesday & Sundays (Hugehdnen to TSV) & Wednesday 6pm (TSV to Hughenden). Bookings can be made at Hughenen Agencies or www. or by contacting 1300 287 537

Bookings: Hughenden Agencies - 4741 1230
Meal Stop: Lights on the Hill
Departs: Hughenden Agencies (at arrival time)

Westbound Mon & Sat Wed
Departs Townsville 7.00 am 6.00 pm
Arrives Hughenden 11.35 am 10.35 pm
Departs Hughenden 12.25 pm 11.35 pm
Arrives Mount Isa 7.00 pm 6.00 am
Eastbound Tue & Sun Thurs
Departs Mount Isa 7.10 am 7.10 pm
Arrives Hughenden 1.40 pm 1.40 am Fri
Departs Hughenden 2.20 pm 2.20 am Fri
Arrives Townsville 7.00 pm 7.00 am


A Greyhound Australia services runs between Townsville and Tennant Creek (Northern Territory) travelling on the Flinders Highway, passing through Hughenden. Services run Wednesday & Sunday (Townsville to Alice Springs) Wednesday & Saturdays (Alice Springs to Townsville. Bookings can be made online at or by contacting 1300 473 946.

Bookings: Bookings are through Greyhound either Online or via phone
Meal Stop: Lights on the Hill
Departs: Lights on the Hill

Departs Townsville 7.00 pm (Wed or Sun night)
Arrives Hughenden 11.35 pm
Departs Hughenden 12.15 am (Thurs or Mon morning)
Arrives Mount Isa 7.00 am
Departs Mount Isa 12.10 am (Tue or Fri morning)
Arrives Hughenden 6.05 am
Departs Hughenden 6.40 am
Arrives Townsville 11.20am

By Air

REX Airlines fly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Townsville to Mount Isa, with stop over's in Hughenden.

For bookings contact REX on 13 17 13, online at or visit the local Agent Flinders Discovery Centre.

Departs Townsville 7:05 am
Arrives Hughenden 8.10 am
Departs Hughenden 8.25 am
Arrives Mount Isa 10.40 am
Departs Mount Isa 12.30 pm
Arrives Hughenden 2.45 pm
Departs Hughenden 3.00 pm
Arrives Townsville 4.00 pm

By Rail

Queensland Rail operates the Inlander passenger train, which gives travellers the opportunity to experience the heritage and natural treasures of north Queensland's rugged yet beautiful inland. The services travels two times per week travelling from Townsville to Mount Isa on Wednesday and Saturday and Mount Isa to Townsville on Friday and Monday.

Bookings can be made by phoning Travel Train on 132 232, online at or visit local agent Flinders Discovery Centre.

Westbound Wed & Sat
Departs Townsville 12.40 pm
Arrives Hughenden 8.05 pm
Departs Hughenden 8.20 pm
Arrives Mount Isa 9.35 am (Thurs or Sun morning)
Eastbound Fri & Mon
Departs Mount Isa 1.30 pm (Thurs or Sun afternoon)
Arrives Hughenden 2.25 am (Fri or Mon morning)
Departs Hughenden 2.40 am
Arrives Townsville 10.10 am