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Hughenden

Hughenden is located half-way between Townsville and Mount Isa on the Flinders Highway, North West Queensland and is the major centre of the Flinders Shire which includes the centres of Prairie, Torrens Creek and Stamford.

Hughenden is situated on the banks of Queensland’s longest river, the Flinders. The town is located above the Great Artesian Basin and relies on sub-artesian bores for its water supply.

Hughenden, the hub of the North West, has direct road access to all major centres and tourist attractions in this region, including Charters Towers and Townsville, and their many, many attractions.

Hughenden has many attractions to offer with four National Parks, gemfields, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and rich fossil and dinosaur areas. Put swimming, fishing and birdwatching high on your agenda.

Situated on the edge of a vast pre-historic inland sea, the area was once home to many terrestrial dinosaurs as well as marine reptiles. Fossils are to be found in many of the creek beds surrounding the town. The town boasts a series of sculptures from local artists depicting fossils and dinosaurs with a touch of outback heritage. The Flinders Discovery Centre houses a life-size Mutttaburrasaurus skeletal replica and a fossil display of international standards.

Hughenden offers gem fossicking and scenic four wheel drives through magnificent volcanic basalt country. A number of scenic four wheel drive routes have been mapped and identified. These drives offer panoramic views and lookouts and a diverse range of flora, fauna, rocks and soils. The colours and textures are amazing and constantly changing.

Activites and Experiences at Hughenden

  • Off Road Driving Follow the scenic drives of the Basalt, Eromanga Sea and Flinders River Byways.
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking Porcupine Gorge National Park.
  • Camping
  • Driving
  • Flora
  • Fossicking Gem quality peridot occurs on the property of Chudleigh Park, north of Hughenden. Whilst general permission for camping and fossicking has been given to holders of fossicking licences (issued by Department of Mines and Energy), property owners would like to be contacted prior to entry. Also fossick for dinosaur fossils.
  • Gold prospecting
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Accommodation
  • Airport MacAir Airlines.
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities ANZ, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank facilities at the Post Office.
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop Greyhound Australia daily service between Mount Isa and Townsville.
  • Convention Centre Diggers Entertainment Centre.
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale Available at the Post Office.
  • Fuel Petrol, Diesel and Autogas.
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ).
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park Porcupine Gorge National Park, White Mountain National Park.
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal Inlander services from Townsville travelling to Mount Isa , twice weekly.
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres Flinders Discovery Centre, Gray Street.
  • Places of Worship
  • Adventure
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Fishing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Gambling
  • Golf
  • Historic/Heritage
  • National Park Porcupine Gorge National Park, White Mountain National Park.
  • Nature based
  • Off road
  • Outback
  • Rail
  • Soft Adventure
  • Sport
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Outback Queensland Tourism

Nearest Airport: Hughenden

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