This is an illustrated list of places in the vicinity of Porcupine Gorge which are worth a look for one reason or another, intended as a guide to visitors and context for my wildlife photos (still to come). My starting point is the camping ground. Working away from it …
There is a waterhole beside the camping ground access road which attracts quite a lot of bird life.
Turning North towards the Lynd soon takes you over an attractive creek crossing, White Cliffs Creek. It’s an incipient gorge, having cut only a few metres into the white sandstone, and is good for birds and butterflies. Travelling further up the same road takes you through typical savannah country and, eventually, to Undara Lava Tubes, Greenvale and the gemfields.
Turning South from the camping ground takes you to the Gorge Lookout, with great views of a spectacularly steep-walled section of the gorge.
Back on the road to Hughenden, a series of brown-and-white signs alert you to the lower end of the gorge, a pioneer-period grave, and a bore (they gave up after going down 500 feet and finding no water).
The road crosses Porcupine Creek, too, and offers a conundrum: where’s the water gone? The creek was flowing well through the Gorge, but further downstream there’s nothing to see but sand!
The answer is that the water is indeed still flowing, but beneath the sand. Digging in the creek bed would take you to it, perhaps only a few centimetres down at this time of year. Most of the Western creeks and rivers are the same.
Between Hughenden and Townsville I visited White Mountains National Park on the Burra Range, as I did six years ago. My account of that visit covers almost all I would say this time, however, and there’s no need to repeat myself but I will add a photo.
I also stopped in Pentland, at a small lake a friend told me about. It is a couple of blocks North of the highway, between the town and the creek, and a haven for water birds.