A 45 minute drive, 65km north-east from Hughenden is the enchanting Porcupine Gorge National Park. Overnight camping available at Pyramid Campground. An easily accessible lookout provides a view from the top of the gorge but the hike down to the bottom of the gorge is worth doing. The landscape at the bottom is varied and geologically interesting. Cool off with a swim at the waterhole at the bottom or just relax. Then walk around the bottom of the gorge to look at the bizarre rock formations and the many colours in the rock.
When passing through Hughenden, either to or from Porcupine Gorge, stop for a break at the historic Coolabah tree. This tree is part of the Burke and Wills story. These explorers were the first to traverse from the bottom of Australia to the top but died trying to head south for home. This tree was “blazed” i.e. marked by a couple of the rescue expeditions sent to find Burke and Wills. Their deaths were not in vain because the detailed notes Wills took along the journey which contributed to an understanding of what grazing land was available and assisted in opening up the country.