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About Us

Welcome to the Flinders Shire, covering an area of 41,632km2. Hughenden is the main business centre for the shire which also encompasses the smaller communities of Prairie, Torrens Creek and Stamford.

Hughenden is situated on the banks of the Flinders River, Queensland longest river. Hughenden has direct road access to a number of major centres and tourist attractions within the region. The Flinders Highway runs through Hughenden connecting to Townsville (376km) in the east and Mount Isa (519km) in the west, with a southern sealed road access via the Dinosaur Way to Winton and Longreach. For those wanting to travel north there is the Kennedy Developmental Road, a gravel and bitumen sealed road to the Atherton Tablelands and Cairns.

The Flinders Shire is predominantly a grazing area, with some emerging irrigation pockets. North of the Flinders River is predominately red and black volcanic basalt country and to the south of Hughenden is black soil downs country with open natural grass lands.

Call into the Flinders Discovery Centre to find out more about this region and the extensive and diverse range of attractions in the area including national parks, gemfields, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains, rich fossil, dinosaur areas and the history arts and culture of the region.

What We Do

Local Government Department servicing Hughenden, Torrens Creek,Prairie and Stamford

Locations of Public Payphones:

  • 11 Gray Street, Hughenden near FT Foodworks (Accepts coin and card)
  • 61 Brodie Street, Hughenden near Australia Post (Accepts coin and card)
  • 1 Resolution Street, Hughenden at the Railway Station (Accepts coin and card)
  • Flinders Highway, Hughenden opposite the Hughenden Hospital (Accepts coin and card)
  • 37 Savage Street, Prairie near Prairie Park (Card only)
  • 10 Russell Street, Torrens Creek (Card only)
  • Winton Road, Stamford near Roadhouse (Accepts coin and card)
When are my council rates due for payment?
Flinders Shire Council rate quarterly with four levies being raised over the financial year. The due dates for the 2018/2019 are: Levy 1 – 04/09/2018, Levy 2 – 04/12/2018, Levy 3 – 05/03/2019 & Levy 4 – 04/06/2019
How do I hire a Council facility (Hall, Showgrounds & Equipment) for my event?
Flinders Shire Council has two venues for hire for a variety of purposes (Diggers Entertainment Centre & Hughenden Showgrounds). To hire or enquire about any venue, please refer to the website, For more information or to make a booking please call the Main Office on 07 4741 2900.
What are the Hughenden Landfill Opening Hours?
Monday to Friday: 8am to 11am & 3pm to 6pm Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 11am & 2pm to 6pm Public Holidays: 8am to 11am ONLY Good Friday & Christmas Day: CLOSED
What are the Hughenden Swimming Pool Opening Hours?
Please go to Council website for details:
Are there Taxi or Car Hire Businesses in Hughenden?
Unfortunately Hughenden does not have a Taxi or Car Hire Service.
How do I get to Hughenden?
Hughenden and surrounds are serviced by rail, plane and bus routes and is a very accessible destination for those who prefer self-drive. There are five major roads entering Hughenden, from the north, south, east and west. Situated on the Overlanders Way approximately half- way between Townsville and Mount Isa, the Hughenden region is a hub for many destinations.
Mobile Network & Pay Phone Locations?
When travelling in the Flinders Shire, the only mobile phone coverage we have access to is the Telstra Next G network. Our closest neighbours which have Optus coverage is Cloncurry travelling west, Longreach travelling south and Charters Towers travelling east. Coverage outside of these areas is usually within a 20km radius. Public phones are available and it is a good idea to purchase a prepaid phone card as some pay phones only accept card now. Locations of Public Payphones (see What We Do)
At A Glance
Flinders Discovery Centre (Information Centre)
Porcupine Gorge National Park
Mount Walker
Mutt the Replica Muttaburrasaurus Replica
Historical Coolabah Tree
Payment Methods
Direct Deposit
Direct Debit
Bank Cheque