Dinosaur Trail: Post 4 of 4

Last stop on our dinosaur trail – Hughenden

Hughenden is a lovely little town with an awesome park for the kids on the lake front. In the warmer months the lake also offers swimming and water sports. It was much too cold for this while we were visiting but this was still a great place for a picnic. The museum here is the smallest of the three but still worth a visit. There is an impressive full size Muttaburrasaurus on entry and then lots of interesting fossils, crystals and a good look at the history of sheep farming in the area. There is also a great kids play area with puzzles, dinosaurs, and books.

From Hughenden one can continue North towards the Atherton Tablelands. There are some great stopping spots along the way including Porcupine Gorge which is often referred to as the little grand canyon. There is camping available here (pre-booking only) along with a day use area. Several lookouts offer great views of the gorge. If you have time you can hike just over one kilometre into the gorge for a swim in the fresh water. A great spot to re-charge after all the dusty and crowded outback touring.

From Porcupine Gorge it is just over 5 hours to the Atherton Tablelands along Hwy 62. At the time of writing the highway was partially sealed but in good condition. Check road conditions before heading out and don’t travel in the early hours of the morning or late afternoon as there are so many animals along this road. Some common camps between Hughenden and Atherton include Chudleigh’s Gem Fields (great for fossicking), Pinnarendi Station (awesome café!), The Undara Lava Tubes (slight detour) and Innot Hot Springs. Once you have arrived in the Atherton Tablelands there is plenty to do! Check out our latest issue for all that is happening on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands.