Local Knowledge

When travelling and visiting in Outback Queensland, planning is essential. Here are a few bits and pieces we hope you find helpful.

Radio Stations & Television

We may be in the bush, but we certainly have access to television and radio stations.

In December 2013 we will only be able to access digital television and receive all of the major free to air channels. Some accommodation houses and hotels do provide Austar for the customers. So don't fret, chances are you won't miss your favourite sporting team play!

  • ABC Local Radio - 1485 AM
  • ABC Radio National – 107.5AM
  • ABC Triple J – QLD 105.9FM
  • 4GC – 765AM
  • SBS – 104.3FM
  • Tourist Radio - 88.0FM
  • West FM- 102.7FM

Mobile Network & Pay Phone Locations

When travelling in the Flinders Shire, the only mobile phone coverage we have access to is the Telstra Next G network. Our closest neighbours which have Optus coverage is Cloncurry travelling west, Longreach travelling south and Charters Towers travelling east. Coverage outside of these areas is usually within a 20km radius.

Public phones are available and it is a good idea to purchase a prepaid phone card as some pay phones only accept card now.  Locations of Public Payphones are -

  • 11 Gray Street, Hughenden near FT Foodworks (Accepts coin and card)
  • 61 Brodie Street, Hughenden near Australia Post (Accepts coin and card)
  • 1 Resolution Street, Hughenden at the Railway Station (Accepts coin and card)
  • Flinders Highway, Hughenden opposite the Hughenden Hospital (Accepts coin and card)
  • 37 Savage Street, Prairie near Prairie Park (Card only)
  • 10 Russell Street, Torrens Creek (Card only)
  • Winton Road, Stamford near Roadhouse (Accepts coin and card)

Church Services

  • Sacred Heart Parish
    • Address: 24 Mowbray Street
    • Service Time: Saturday 6:30pm
  • St Thomas Anglican Church
    • Address: Corner of Resolution and Hardwicke Street
    • Service Time: every 2nd Sunday of the month 9am , every 4th Saturday of the month 2pm -visiting Minister (subject to change)
  • Uniting Church
    • Address: Corner of Stansfield and Resolution Streets
    • Service Time: Sunday 9am
  • Jehovah's Witness
    • Address: Corner of Alyss and Churchill Streets
    • Service Times: Wednesday 7:30pm and Sunday 2:30pm

Weekend Business Opening Hours

Remember you're in the Outback now and we love our weekends free so we can take part in all the great activities and events happening. Generally most businesses are only open from 9am to 12pm on Saturday mornings and are closed for the remainder of the weekend. FT Foodworks do trade from 9.30am to 1pm on Sundays as well as their Saturday trade. Other Fuel Stations and must food outlets remain open over the weekend.

Public Holidays

As well as the state and national holidays, we have an extra one thrown in for the Hughenden Show. The show is held annually on the last weekend in May and the public holiday is on Friday.

Bottle Shops

We have two bottle shops in Hughenden.

  • Great Western Hotel – 14 Brodie Street
  • Royal Hotel Resort – 21 Moran street

Fuel - Is there LP Gas available in Hughenden?

We have five fuel stations in Hughenden that carry unleaded and diesel, two of these have 98% octane and United on the Flinders Highway has LP Gas.

Weather Facts Conditions

Average Rainfall 505.1mm (19 Inches)

Average Winter Min – 9.6degrees

Average Summer Max – 35 degrees

Our Outback summers are very hot however they are a dry heat and most find this more bearable than the humidity on the coast. We do get some cracker storms during summer and road closures can occur. Our visitors are reminded to remain vigilant and be aware of conditions to ensure their safety. Road conditions can change quickly. Our "wet season" goes from November to March.

From April to October is what is known as "dry season" and more manageable temperature occur during these months. Because of this reason, we see most of our visitors during this time.

Road Conditions

It is very important to be aware of road conditions. More information on road conditions can be found here.

Seeing animals or livestock on or near the side of the road can be common and another thing to remain cautious about as they can act unpredictably. If you do see an animal near or on the road, slow down and do not swerve as this may cause your vehicle to roll. Dangerous times to drive are sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos can be most active and visibility will be more difficult.

Is there Free Camping in Hughenden?

There is free camping available at the Hughenden RV Park for fully self-contained vehicles. The RV Park is located on the outskirts of the Hughenden Showgrounds. All campers must register and have a permit displayed. Permits are available at the Flinders Discovery Centre between 9am – 5pm and after hours with the Showgrounds Caretaker.

Please see the staff at the Flinders Discovery Centre for more information (07) 4741 2970.

Camping in Queensland's Outback

Bringing your Pooch to Hughenden

Your pooches are welcome in Hughenden but please be aware that the Flinders Shire coordinates a wild dog (1080 poison) baiting program biannually throughout the Shire. A number of tourist routes journey through private property and we ask that you please respect this and be aware that baits may be close to roads. Dogs are not permitted in National Parks in Queensland and there are no dog’s kennels in Hughenden. However, we have dog minders, groomers and one dog friendly caravan park.

Dog Owners Beware

Public Pool

The Hughenden Aquatic Centre in Resolution Street is unheated and closes during the winter months, usually from April through to September.

Why the Gorge is named "Porcupine Gorge"? Is it because there are a lot of Porcupines there?

It is thought that the Gorge received its name due to the spear grass in the area (much like spikes on an echidna) and/or because there are a lot of echidnas in the area.

Can I get out to Porcupine Gorge in a 2WD?

Yes, with no trouble. The 73 km road to the campground is fully sealed. During the wet season check with the Flinders Discovery Centre for recent road reports.