Location - Charters Towers region, North Queensland, Australia
Mount Walker (475m) is a 12 km drive south of Hughenden and is well worth a visit if you are travelling nearby, particularly at sunset to take in the views. There are about 6 lookouts at the top that provides spectacular 360-degree views over the surrounding region.
These are all within walking distance of each other and have been nicely set up with a covered picnic/bbq area and toilets. However, camping is not permitted. The lookouts each feature steel plates to "frame" the view as well as informational signposts that cover the history.
The plateau is owned by two private families though a bitumen road gives the public access to the lookout. The drive up the range is interesting with huge boulders on either side of the road.
Reay Lookout looks south from Mt Walker to Reay station 35 km away with its open sparse Mitchell Downs country.
Jardine Lookout looks northeast to the Jardine Valley between Hughenden and Prairie.
Etna Lookout looks southwest to Mt Etna station towards black soil country on the Winton Road.
Sunset Lookout, as the name suggests, is the ideal place for the late evening light often blazing orange and red in summer. In winter the night skies colour to a softer purple-pink haze.
Ironbark Lookout shows the distinctive ironbark trees.
Hughenden Lookout looks out over the town itself.
The area was named after Frederick Walker, who had a dark side to his history as the first commandant of the Queensland Native Police, but who was also an outstanding bushman. Walker led one of the search parties looking for Burke and Wills and climbed this mountain. It has commanding views in pretty well every direction.
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