Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
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This exceptional park features spectacular gorge country, including the lush oasis of Lawn Hill Gorge, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. One of Queensland's most scenic national parks, it is home to abundant and diverse wildlife. The Riversleigh fossil deposits, part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) World Heritage Area, are among the richest and most extensive in the world.
Bush camp in the gorge's popular camping area. Paddle a canoe through the mirror-like waters of the gorge and look for birds such as purple-crowned fairy-wrens and crimson finches along the creek edge, and turtles in the creek. Explore the gorge and sandstone ridges on one of the many walking tracks of varying length and difficulty. Find out about the Aboriginal heritage of the gorge and the Dreamtime story of Boodjamulla. Travel to Riversleigh to discover ancient yet amazingly well-preserved fossils of turtles, birds and mammals on the Riversleigh Fossil trail.
The paths around the camping area, some camp sites and the amenities block are accessible to wheelchairs.
How To Get There:
This remote park is located 1303 kilometres west of Townsville via Mount Isa on the Barkly Highway. From the Barkly Highway, the park is 207 kilometres (via Riversleigh), with only the first 57 kilometres sealed, and access is unsuitable for conventional vehicles and caravans. Travelling from Cairns, the park is 1122 kilometres west via Normanton on the Gulf Developmental Road. From Normanton, the main route leads through Gregory Downs. Although a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, much of this route is sealed and making it the only route suitable for conventional vehicles and off-road caravans.
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 by flooding.
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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