Camping at Porcupine Gorge
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 that 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 (Pyramid Campground - approx 74km north of Hughenden on a sealed road) where basic facilities are provided. From this poin,t a 1.2 km 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.
There are 22 campsites at the campground and camping Permits are required and fees apply. Campers should bring their own drinking water as the water supply is unreliable.
Booking a Camp Site
Camp Site Bookings: National Park website or by phoning 13 74 68 or at the Flinders Discovery Centre. During peak periods (ie. the Challenge, holidays etc) it is advisable to book several weeks in advance.
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
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: Only permissible in the fire pits provided
Generators: Not permitted
Essentials to bring: Drinking water, fuel or gas stove and rubbish bags.
Mobile phone coverage: Very Unreliable.