Visiting Porcupine Gorge safely
Access to Porcupine Gorge National Park (including the lookout and camping area) is fully sealed. From Hughenden, follow the Kennedy Developmental Road north for 60km to reach the turn-off to the gorge lookout. The lookout carpark is 1.5km from the turn-off. The turn-off to the Pyramid camping and day-use areas and the Pyramid track is a further 11km north along the Kennedy Developmental Road. At this turn-off, follow the Mount Emu Plains Road for 4.5km, then turn east and follow the road for 2.5km to reach the camping and day-use areas.
If travelling beyond the park, further north to Blackbraes National Park or the Lynd Junction, please note that the Kennedy Developmental Road is unsealed in some sections. When dry, this road 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.
Contact the RACQ or Flinders Shire Council to enquire about local road conditions (see tourism information links for contact details).
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Pyramid campground has wheelchair-accessible toilets and some campsites have wheelchair-accessible picnic tables. To see which campsites are suitable for wheelchair access, refer to camping in Porcupine Gorge National Park.
The Gorge lookout is wheelchair accessible with assistance.
- Ensure that vehicles and trailers are in sound mechanical order. Drive according to the road conditions and your vehicle’s capabilities.
- Carry adequate food, first-aid equipment, fuel and basic vehicle repair equipment in case of unexpected delays or breakdown.
- Stay clear of cliff edges and steep rock faces—serious injury or death may result from a fall.
- Supervise children closely.
- Keep to the walking tracks at all times and heed safety signs.
- You may encounter cattle. Do not startle or approach these animals. Never block their path.
- Wear sunscreen, a hat, protective clothing and sturdy footwear.
- Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from creeks and rivers.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
Temperatures in the gorge are noticeably cooler than on the surrounding plains and visitors are advised to bring warm clothing, especially during the winter months.
Campers should bring their own drinking water as the water supply is unreliable.
Porcupine Gorge National Park is open 24 hours a day.
Permits and fees
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Porcupine Gorge National Park.
Climate and weather
The hottest months in the park are October to March, when the average maximum temperature is often above 35°C. In the cooler months, June to August, the average maximum is 25°C and the minimum drops to about 10°C. However, temperatures in Porcupine Gorge are generally lower and visitors should bring warm clothing, particularly in winter. Most rain falls in the summer months, December to April, with little rain in winter.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Hughenden.
For more information see the tourism information links.