In early April 2019, Peggy the Kombi joined some friends for a car convoy along the Overlanders Way – the highway between Townsville and Mt Isa. On Day 2, we were treated to an early morning trip to the Mount Walker lookout in Hughenden.
Hughenden is located approximately 376 kilometres west of Townsville, along the Flinders Highway (aka The Overlander’s Way). Home to less than 1200 residents, the Hughenden area is part of Australia’s Dinosaur Trail with a landscape created by volcanic activity and featuring several national parks within the area.
Mount Walker Lookout
Mount Walker Lookout is located around 12 kilometres outside of Hughenden and raises to 474m above sea level. Infrastructure in the lookout area includes picnic tables, several lookout locations, BBQ, and information plaques.
The road up to the lookout is a bit steep, but as you can see from the above photo, we all made it without too much trouble. The road up is sealed, but it’s mostly dirt up top with plenty of space for car parking. If you’re concerned about the drive up, then simply park at the bottom and walk up.
Mt Walker features not one, but SIX lookout locations! Each one gives you spectacular views over the Hughenden area and beyond. Each lookout is signed and feature a metal photo frame to enhance your happy snaps!
Take in the scenery
You know how sometimes you get to a lookout and all of a sudden you are reminded of just how fascinating and dynamic this country of ours is? That’s exactly the type of reaction I had on Mount Walker. Looking out across the horizon in once direction, you can see the wind turbines in the distance waiting to start powering the area. Then you can see mountains created by volcanic activity in another direction. Peppered throughout is farmland and a mix of green trees and red soil.
During our visit we were lucky enough to have a guided tour from the Mayor herself, Jane McNamara, so we were lucky to get a piece of local history.
Hughenden is located on the Flinders Highway (A6) approximately 376 kilometres from Townsville, 520 kilometres from Mt Isa, and 727 kilometres from Cairns.
You’ll find Mount Walker Lookout on Muttaburra road, south of Hughenden.
Staying in Hughenden
Hughenden is a great spot to pull up for the night or even a few days as you explore the area. Motel and Hotel accommodation is available in Hughenden, and there is free camping available for self-contained RV’s.
We stayed at the Allen Terry Caravan Park twice as part of this road trip and couldn’t fault it! There are clean amenities, plenty of camping areas or cabin accommodation, and it’s easy walking distance to one of the local pubs – what’s not to love about that?
Other attractions in Hughenden
During your stay in Hughenden, you may also like to check out:
- FJ Holden Cafe. Part cafe, part exhibition, part museum! If you are a classic car lover then this local cafe is a must-do for your itinerary. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before taking a browse through the memorabilia on display.
- Flinders Discovery Centre and Museum. Home of ‘Hughie’, a life-size 7 metre Muttaburrasaurus skeletal replica. Take a step back in time with hundreds of fossils on display, the Bio Regions Display, and the ‘Shearing the Stragglers’ exhibition.
- Eco Walk on Flinders. Over 1.5km of walking tracks alongside the Flinders River featuring local art pieces, picnic tables, viewing platforms, and shelters. The eco systems of the Flinders River have been replicated along the banks of the river.
Want some more information?
For information about the Hughenden area, visit Council’s website at http://www.flinders.qld.gov.au/
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