Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Porcupine Gorge National Park
What's special?Towering cliffs of vibrantly-coloured sandstone and lush green vine forest fringing Porcupine Creek provide a striking contrast with the surrounding sparsely wooded, dry flat plains in Porcupine Gorge National Park.
Over millions of years, Porcupine Creek has carved a gorge through the basalt-capped sandstone and conglomerate rocks laid down by ancient rivers.
Three Aboriginal groups have traditional links with this area. Artefact scatters located around the gorge are protected from floodwaters.
Deep permanent waterholes along the creek are lined with casuarinas and paperbarks while eucalypt trees and wattles grow along the cliffs. Most of the park is covered in open eucalypt forest with a heath understorey.
Exploring Porcupine GorgeStop for a view of the gorge and a picnic at the Gorge Lookout just off the Kennedy Developmental Road.
Bush camp at the Pyramid Lookout camping area. The Pyramid, a sandstone rock outcrop shaped like its namesake, is located in the wider section of the gorge. Obtain your camping permit from the Charters Towers office or on-site. Be prepared for cool winter nights. Tent and caravan sites, a shelter shed and toilet are provided. Take fresh water and a fuel stove for cooking. Boil the creek water for five minutes before drinking. Remove your rubbish.
Enjoy birdwatching, nature study and photography. See red-winged parrots, honeyeaters and black ducks around the creek. Look for wallaroos and rock-wallabies. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring and summer.
Visit in the cooler months. Summers are hot.
WalkingWalk 1·2km down into the gorge (about 30 minutes). The climb back up is quite strenuous. Allow one hour. Take drinking water and a first aid kit. Wear sturdy footwear, a hat and sunscreen. Anyone planning an extended bushwalk must contact the ranger at Hughenden and complete a remote bushwalking form.
Getting therePorcupine Gorge is 61km north of Hughenden via the Kennedy Developmental Road or 190km if travelling from The Lynd. The camping area is a further 11km along an unsealed road. Conventional and caravan access is possible with care. Four-wheel-drive is recommended in wet weather.
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