Flinders Shire is situated approximately half way between the cities of Townsville and Mount Isa and is named after Queensland’s longest river – the Flinders River. The Flinders Shire is divided by the Flinders Highway – now known as the popular tourist drive ‘Overlander’s Way’. The Flinders Highway runs east and west through the Kennedy Developmental Road – which runs north and south through the Flinders Shire.
Encompassing the townships of Hughenden, Prairie, Torrens Creek and Stamford, Flinders Shire has become a major hub for transports and travellers alike. The Shire welcomes over 15,000 visitors annually through the accredited Visitor Information Centre, The Flinders Discovery Centre.
Flinders Discovery Centre houses an amazing exhibition of fossils from around the world, as well as an extensive and growing display of fossils from the local area. ‘Hughie’ is the star attraction; a life size skeletal replica of a Muttaburrasaurus. ‘Hughie’ is a daunting figure as you enter the display area. Although this dinosaur is believed to have been a herbivore, you would not want to meet on a dark night!
Come and witness the amazing light and sound show which takes you back over 500 million years to the beginning of the formation of Porcupine Gorge.
The Bioregions display gives concise information about the four different bioregions in the Shire, explaining land types, flora and fauna unique to these areas.
‘Shearing the Stragglers’ tells the story of the demise of the sheep industry throughout the Flinders Shire. Tales of hardship and change are told through stories of men who lived this grueling life from 1865 to present day times.
While wandering around the centre, enjoy the video on Hughenden and District, telling the story of how Hughenden came to be.
The Flinders Discovery Centre stocks a large range of souvenirs, information on local and regional holiday destinations.
Known as Australia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’ with its cool, clear and flowing creek, towering cliffs of vibrantly coloured sandstone and dense vegetation, Porcupine Gorge provides our visitor with an opportunity to get back to nature.
Porcupine Gorge National Park is in a canyon hidden away approximately an hour’s drive north of Hughenden. The road passes through the flat woodlands of typical Australian eucalypts and acacias and gives no hint of the existence of the Gorge until the edge is reached. The Gorge has been carved over time revealing layers of basalt and coloured sandstones, creating the beautiful soft colours of the cliff walls that tower over the creek below.
The spectacular gorge system, running 27km, has two lookouts with camping facilities at the Pyramid Campground. Walking tracks can take you into and around the rim of The Gorge. Intermittent water holes line the base of the Gorge, a perfect place for a cool swim.
Camping sites can be either pre-booked online at Visit Hughenden or self registration is available on site. Alternatively, phone bookings are made on 13 74 68.