Porcupine Gorge National Park
Known as Australia’s “Little Grand Canyon” with its cool, clear, flowing creek, towering cliffs of vibrantly coloured sandstone and comparatively dense vegetation provides a striking contrast to the sparsely wooded, dry flat plains which surround it. This impressive canyon reveals strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years of geological history.
Hughenden is the access point for the Porcupine Gorge National Park - a canyon hidden away about an hours drive north. The road passes through flat woodlands of typical Australian Eucalypts and Acacias and gives no hint of the existence of the Gorge until one reaches it. The Gorge has been carved by Porcupine Creek out of a basalt lava-flow giving off the beautiful soft colours of the walls towering 150 metres over the water. The Gorge can be appreciated from two distinct areas. The first point is a lookout giving a view deep into the Gorge below. There is no access to the base of the Gorge from this point. The second point is a National Park campsite where basic facilities are provided. From this point there is a walking track that takes visitors to the bottom of the Gorge where the Pyramid formation can be viewed. There is also a swimming hole at the base of the Pyramid.
Camping is available at the Pyramid camping ground, 74km north of Hughenden. Camping Permits are required and fees apply. Campers should bring their own drinking water as the water supply is unreliable.
The camping ground is situated in the upper level of the Gorge; the camping ground is the starting point for the 1.2 kilometre walking track which leads down into the Gorge. There are twenty-two numbered sites, including nine e-permit sites (online booking) and thirteen self-registration sites.
Booking a Camp Site
Camp Site Bookings: clicking here
, by phoning 13 74 68, at the Flinders Discovery Centre or and by self-registration at the camp grounds. During peak periods (ie. the Challenge, holidays etc) you will either need to book several weeks in advance or take a chance and register on arrival.
Campground features: Situated in the upper level of the gorge, the campground is the starting point for the 1.2 kilometre walking track which leads down into the gorge.
Location: 500m from the park entrance and 2.5km from Emu Plains Road.
Access: When dry, the campground can be reached by conventional vehicles as well as trailers, caravans and buses, with care.
Number of sites: 22 numbered sites, including 9 e-permit sites (online booking) and 13 self-registration sites.
Campsites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, caravans, camper trailers, small and large motor homes, and large groups.
Campsite surface: Dirt.
Facilities: Composting toilets, picnic tables
Open fires: Prohibited.
Generators: Not permitted.
Essentials to bring: Drinking water, fuel or gas stove and rubbish bags.
Mobile phone coverage: Very Unreliable.