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.
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