Covering an area of 5410 hectares, Porcupine Gorge National Park extends for more than 25 kilometres along Porcupine Creek and includes surrounding open woodland and grassland. The creek has carved an impressive canyon that reveals strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years.
In the wider section of the gorge the eroding action of the creek has also created the Pyramid, an isolated monolith of multicoloured sandstone rising from the floor of the gorge, shaped as its name suggests.... more
Starting from the camping area, a gradually descending walking track leads to the bottom of the gorge, allowing exploration of the gorge floor. The return journey to the camping area, back along the same track, requires a moderate level of fitness as the track is relatively steep.
Keep to the walking tracks at all times and heed safety signs.ou may encounter cattle. Do not startle or approach these animals. Never block their path.
Distance: 2.4 kilometres return.
Time: allow 1.5 hrs walking time.... less
Porcupine Gorge National Park is very remote and undeveloped. It is suitable for well-equipped and experienced bushwalkers. Bushwalking can be dangerous and bushwalkers should be well prepared for any emergency.
Take care around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces along tracks and at lookouts.
Before overnight bushwalking within the gorge you must contact the QPWS Reef and National Parks Information Centre and complete a bushwalking registration form with details of your proposed trip plan and emergency contact details.
At certain times of the year, Porcupine Creek may not be flowing due to the lack of rain.
Walk between April and September to avoid wet and dry weather extremes. Temperatures in Porcupine Gorge are generally lower than the surrounding area and visitors should bring warm clothing, particularly in winter.
The Pyramid camping area has wheelchair-accessible toilets and some camp sites have wheelchair-accessible picnic tables. The Gorge lookout is wheelchair accessible with assistance.
How To Get There
The gorge lookout is about 60 kilometres north of Hughenden. The Pyramid camping area and gorge walk are another 11 kilometres further north along the unsealed Kennedy Developmental Road. This road from Hughenden to Lynd Junction runs parallel to the western edge of the gorge and, when dry, is accessible to all vehicle types with care. Travellers should expect to encounter bulldust, corrugations, exposed rocks, creek crossings, other vehicles, native wildlife, cattle and road trains. After storms the road may be temporarily closed or inaccessible to conventional vehicles and caravans.
Camping fees apply.
In summer, daytime temperatures can exceed 35 degrees Celsius. The cooler months of the year, May to August, are the best times to visit. Night time temperatures can drop below 6 degrees Celsius and frosts can occur during this time. Most rain falls in the summer months, December to March, and there is little rainfall in winter.
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