Indarri Falls, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is best walked in the early morning, this loop walk takes you to the falls and returns via the hill tops and gorge rim. It is a moderate walk, with a steep descent, if walked in a clockwise direction. At the falls, refresh in the cool water and watch purple-crowned fairy-wrens and crimson finches in the creek-side vegetation.... more
Canoe/kayak to the falls
Distance: three kilometres return.
Time: allow one hour paddling time.
From the canoe hire landing, paddle upstream to the spectacular orange sandstone walls of the Middle Gorge and continue to Indarri Falls. A landing is provided here so you can have a rest and a swim before returning.
Do not climb on the waterfalls. Keep to the walking track at all times. Wear sunscreen, rest often in the shade and carry plenty of drinking water. Drinking water straight from Lawn Hill Creek can make you very thirsty because of high levels of calcium carbonate. Do not approach or interfere with freshwater crocodiles and take care when swimming. Stay clear of cliffs and steep rock faces.
Walk to the falls
Distance: 3.8 kilometres return.
Time: allow 1.5 hours walking time.... less
This is a moderate walk, with a steep descent, if walked in a clockwise direction. 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 the park and are often seen in Lawn Hill Creek.
Walk between April and September to avoid weather extremes.
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. Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to find out about local road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for weather reports and forecasts. 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.
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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