Located in the Porcupine Gorge National Park in Queensland’s outback the national park extends about 18 miles along Porcupine Creek, spreading out over the surrounding grassland and open woodland. The creek has carved an amazing canyon and reveals sedimentary rock layers that span hundreds of millions of years! This unique landscape is the home of the Yirendali people and there is a lone monolith of sandstone rising like a pyramid from the gorge floor just like a multi-coloured pyramid.
A fairly easy hike, this out-and-back trail begins from the Pyramid Campground, on the upper level of the gorge, just under half a mile from the park entrance and a couple of miles from Mount Emu Road. The nearest town to the national park is Hughenden, in the Shire of Flinders, about 40 miles away.
The trail is well-defined and is mainly flat with a few rocky sections making it difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It passes through open woodland and at the end of the trail the view of the gorge from its rim is truly breathtaking. Only two miles long, it is graded as Medium. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
. It will take about an hour to complete, although caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here
. There is not much shade on this trial so take plenty of water and note that dogs are not permitted in the national park.
The park provides habitats for birds such as black bitterns, crimson-winged parrots and Pacific black ducks and is also home to wallaroos and rock wallabies. In the dry season, it becomes an oasis for many other animals.