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 Gorge lookout carpark is 1.5km from the turn-off. The turn-off to the Pyramid camping and day-use areas and the Pyramid walking track is a further 11.7km north along the Kennedy Developmental Road. At this turn-off, follow the Mount Emu Road for 4.4km, then turn east and follow the road for 2.4km 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 Flinders Shire Council to enquire about local road conditions (see tourism information links for contact details).
The Pyramid camping area 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 Porcupine 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.
- Carry at least one form of communication equipment. Satellite phones and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are the most effective in this area. Mobile phone coverage is not available
- Watch your step and 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. Avoid recreating in the heat of the day.
- Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from creeks and rivers.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
In an emergency
For all emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
You can also download the free Emergency+smartphone app before you leave home, the GPS functionality can provide critical location details to emergency services.
Essentials to bring
To enjoy your time in this park, remember to bring:
- drinking water, sufficient for your stay.
- a fuel or gas stove for cooking is preferrable.
- a first-aid kit and communication equipment.
- food storage containers.
- sunscreen, at hat, sunglasses, insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes.
- bags to take your rubbish with you.
- warm clothes for the chilly winter months, temperatures in the gorge are noticeably cooler than on the surrounding plains.
Porcupine Gorge National Park is open 24 hours a day. The park may be closed at times due to management activities or adverse weather conditions.
See park alerts for the latest information on national park access, closures and conditions.
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.