Porcupine Gorge 30 Mar – 2 Apr 2018

We had six vehicles on the trip to Porcupine Gorge which is about 67 kms north of Hughenden.

The road was bitumen all the way to the camping grounds. We had a short stop at Charters Towers and continued to a lunch stop at Prairie.

The change in the topography and the vegetation between Charters Towers and Hughenden was amazing. Prior to getting to the camp grounds we pulled over and stocked up with firewood. Remarkably, we didn’t manage to get through it all and so there would have some happy campers after we left.

The change in the topography and the vegetation between Charters Towers and Hughenden was amazing. Prior to getting to the camp grounds we pulled over and stocked up with firewood. Remarkably, we didn’t manage to get through it all and so there would have some happy campers after we left.

The camp grounds was fairly well laid out, with ample room between camp sites. There were long drop toilets but no showers or water available.

Day 2 We went in to the big smoke of Hughenden. On a Saturday morning of a long weekend, there wasn’t much open in town. We saw some of the tourist displays and found a nice spot for lunch in a park near the river.  During the afternoon we went for a drive on one of the 4wd tracks in the area. A crossing of the Flinders River had water over it which was shallow and no problem to cross. Debris in the trees indicated that there must have been a couple of metres of water over it at some stage recently.

It was an easy drive, but a lot of work had been done by graders around the floodways filling and levelling. If it had been wet weather it would have been a bit of a challenge in some spots.

Campfire entertainment consisted of the game of Jenga. Was a new game to most of us – a game of balancing wooden blocks (in the dark, on a table, with a torch, and a few liquid refreshments). Was heaps of fun and laughs. I think the women lost, 3 out of 3 games.

Day 3 We spent exploring the Gorge and surrounding area. A bit of a walk down into the gorge but well worth it. Breathtaking scenery and nice spot for a swim.

Day 4 Packed up and headed home. Stopped in Charters Towers for a bite to eat. Rained this side of the Towers but good weather for the whole of the weekend.

Good weekend and well worth the drive.

Wayne Williams

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