Porcupine Gorge National Park Outback Queensland

Photo credit: John Augusteyn © Queensland Government

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Things to do

    Pyramid walking track

    Watch your step on the Pyramid walking track.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is available at the Pyramid camping area. All bookings for camp sites must be made online prior to visiting the park, and well in advance during peak season (April to October).

    Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    Other accommodation

    There are motels and caravan parks at Hughenden. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    Explore Porcupine Gorge on the Pyramid walking track or catch a stunning view from the lookouts. Remember to follow the Parks and forests walk with care guidelines.

    Pyramid walking track

    Grade 4
    Distance: 2.4km return
    Time: allow 1.5hr
    Details: Starting from the Pyramid camping area the walking track descends steeply to the bottom Porcupine Gorge. Take the opportunity to explore the surrounds of the gorge floor and Porcupine Creek. The return journey up to the camping area is back along the same track. Take your time and allow for frequent breaks to admire the landscape. Carry adequate drinking water, wear sun protection and sturdy ankle-supporting footwear. This walk requires a reasonable level of fitness as the track has steep sections and steps. Please heed all safety advice.

    Pyramid lookout

    Grade 3
    Distance: 400m return
    Time: Allow 20mins walking
    Details: This walk starts and finishes from the Pyramid day-use area carpark and is a pleasant stroll through open woodland to the Pyramid lookout. Catch a stunning view of the surrounding landscape and marvel at the parks’ ancient geology.

    Gorge lookout

    Grade 2 (wheelchair accessible with assistance)
    Distance: 200m return
    Time: 40mins
    Details: Located 1.5km from the Kennedy Development Road and 11km from the Pyramid camping area, this short walk starts and finishes from the Gorge lookout carpark. Enjoy sweeping views across the gorge and down into Porcupine Creek and learn about the parks’ geology. Please heed all safety advice.

    Flock of red-tailed black cockatooOpen larger image

    Flocks for red-tailed black cockatoos are often seen in the woodlands surrounding the gorge.

    Photo credit: Linda Thompson © Queensland Government

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Enjoy a picnic at the Pyramid camping area day use area. Wheelchair-accessible toilets and sheltered picnic tables are provided.

    Viewing wildlife

    The gorge, with its many permanent waterholes, provides an important refuge for and attracts a wide variety of animals. Some are permanent residents, but others only appear in the dry season. Birds are abundant so remember to bring your binoculars and a camera!

    See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about the wildlife of Porcupine Gorge.