Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is one of Queensland's most scenic national parks. Situated within the remote north-west highlands of Queensland, the park features spectacular gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. Lawn Hill Gorge is formed by Lawn Hill Creek, which is fed by numerous freshwater springs from the limestone plateau to the west. The magnitude of the sandstone cliffs lining the gorge, its emerald waters and lush vegetation make it a visual splendour. Serving as an oasis, the spring water and surrounding vegetation attract an abundance of wildlife. The Waanyi Aboriginal people have strong cultural ties with the park while pastoralists of European descent have more recent historical connections.... more
A partly-shaded walking track leads to the culturally important Wild Dog Dreaming site with ancient rock art and stone engravings. The Waanyi people ask that you respect their culture by not taking photographs at this site. The track continues into the lower gorge where freshwater crocodiles are often spotted basking in the sun. This is a pleasant walk, even in the mid-afternoon.
Keep to the walking track at all times. Take note of safety signs and do not touch the rock art or engravings. Carry plenty of drinking water to avoid dehydration and try to walk in the cooler part of the day.
Wild Dog Dreaming
Distance: 4.5 kilometres return.
Time: allow 1.5 hours walking time.... less
It is strongly advised that walkers set out in the early hours of the morning.
Always carry water, wear a hat and sturdy footwear. Wear sunscreen, particularly when in the gorge, as the sun's reflection off the water can burn skin rapidly.
Be croc wise. Freshwater crocodiles inhabit this park and are often seen in Lawn Hill Creek.
Walk between April and September to avoid weather extremes. This is a pleasant walk even in the mid-afternoon.
The Wild Dog Dreaming track is not wheelchair accessible however the paths around the camping area and amenities block are accessible to wheelchairs.
How To Get There
By road, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is 207 kilometres from the Barkly Highway (via Riversleigh). Only the first 57 kilometres of this route is sealed. Access is unsuitable for conventional vehicles and caravans. The park can also be reached via Gregory Downs. The entire 100 kilometres from Gregory Downs is unsealed. Although a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, this is the only route suitable for conventional vehicles and off-road caravans. Access from the north is via various unsealed routes through Hell's Gate or Doomadgee.
The unsealed sections of road can be rough, with patches of bulldust and corrugations. Sections of the roads can also be impassable for extended periods after rain. Always check road conditions before travelling to the area. Unsealed roads in the area make access unpredictable. It is strongly recommended that visitors take precautionary steps by being well-equipped and self-sufficient, as there is limited communication and no mobile phone reception. During the wet season (October-April) it is recommended that visitors travel by four-wheel-drive and carry an over-supply of food in case of becoming stranded. The wet season can bring dramatic rises in creek levels within a short time and with little warning, cutting off road access. Visitors may find themselves stranded for a number of days.
There is an airstrip at Adels Grove, 10 kilometres from Lawn Hill Gorge.
Camping fees apply.
Two seasons occur in north-west Queensland, the 'wet' and the 'dry'. During the dry season (May to September) the sky is generally clear and the humidity is low. The wet season (October to April) brings heavy rain and high humidity. January is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 147 millimetres. Temperatures in July range from an average minimum of 12 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius. Nights can be cool with temperatures occasionally falling to single figures overnight. During the wet season the temperature can range from 25-45 degrees Celsius.
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